Black Bean and Corn Salad: A Refreshing Fiesta


Experience a burst of freshness with this Black Bean and Corn Salad. A lively mix of black beans, sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, and a tangy lime dressing, this salad is a perfect side dish or a light meal in itself. It's not just a salad; it's a celebration of flavors that's sure to please your palate and add a vibrant touch to any table.

Black Bean and Corn Salad: A Refreshing Fiesta

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: Approximately 1 cup


  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup sweet corn (fresh, canned, or thawed from frozen)
  • 1 large ripe tomato, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: 1 avocado, diced
  • Optional: 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

Method of Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine the black beans, corn, tomato, onion, bell pepper, and cilantro.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  4. If using, gently fold in the diced avocado and jalapeño.
  5. Serve immediately, or chill in the refrigerator before serving for enhanced flavors.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use fresh corn when in season for a sweeter flavor.
  • Add a sprinkle of cumin or chili powder for an extra kick.
  • Chill the salad for at least an hour for the flavors to meld together beautifully.


  • Can I make this salad ahead of time? Yes, it can be made a day ahead. Add avocado just before serving to prevent browning.
  • Is this salad gluten-free? Yes, this salad is naturally gluten-free.
  • How can I add more protein to this salad? Mix in some grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu for a protein-packed meal.