Hellllo weekend! It’s been a crazy busy week; kids home, places to go and sleeping in to be had. It has been spectacular. PLUS I made this here salad… because weekends need as much.
Salad, salsa, whatever, you can call it whatever you want to because this stuff is delicious. Black beans and grilled corn are tossed together in this amazingly simple balsamic vinaigrette with fresh garlic, cilantro and green onions.
My mom is responsible for introducing me to this salad. I think it’s a Weight Watcher’s recipe, I’m not sure, but what I do know is that when I first dipped my chip into it and took a bite, I found it completely and utterly addicting. So good that I could not physically move my body away from the bowl on the table. It’s salads like this that I love to eat as a lunch or as a topping on things like grilled chicken or salmon for dinner. The balsamic gives it some zip while the sweet corn, cilantro and green onions round it all out.
As I sit here typing up this post, it’s raining buckets. It’s been off and on all day long, but the weekend weather is looking up and Saturday we’re grilling. We just bought a new grill and so steaks, Oberon and this salad (salsa) are on the menu.
Grill up a couple ears of sweet corn until bright yellow and slightly charred (<— my fave). Then remove set them off to the side to cool.
Moving on to the dressing, slice up three green onions…
Mince up 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro leaves…
And just throw it all into a small bowl.
Pour in 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar.
Ooops! Don’t forget the garlic! 2 cloves mince finely or squeezed through a garlic press.
Whisk in 1/4 cup of olive oil.
Slice the corn off of the cob. My little trick for not having corn ALL over the place is to angle the cob towards the board and starting at the top, cut slowly downwards. At first it may seem a little awkward but it really helps the corn land on the cutting board and not on the floor, counter or everywhere else except for where you want it.
Add the black beans and grilled corn kernels into a bowl.
Add in the balsamic cilantro vinaigrette.
Season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.
Boom. Deliciousness. PS. that hunk of grilled corn perfection is all mine.
I made this salad a couple days in advance to give it a little time to marinate in the fridge, but 1 to 2 hours is perfectly fine too.
But of course I couldn’t resist snacking on a small bowl of this stuff right away. YUM!
Grilled Corn + Black Bean Salad
Black beans and grilled corn are tossed together in this amazingly simple balsamic dressing with fresh garlic, cilantro and green onions.
Yield: 8-10 depending
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 (8-10 for the corn)
Total Time: 15 minutes plus 1 to 2 hours for refrigeration
2 ears of Sweet Corn
3 Green Onions, sliced
1/4 cup fresh Cilantro Leaves, chopped
2 cloves fresh Garlic, minced
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup Olive Oil
2 cans Black Beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and Pepper, to taste
On a outdoor grill or cast iron grill pan, cook the corn until bright yellow and slightly charred. About 8-10 minutes.
Meanwhile add the green onions, cilantro, garlic and vinegar into a medium bowl. Whisk in the olive oil.
Combine the corn, black beans and the vinaigrette, toss together and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer salad to a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or overnight.
Serve with tortilla chips or over top grilled chicken or salmon.