Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad

Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad

Here in Ohio, we have been getting corn grown in Georgia shipped up...and let me tell you, it has been just spectacular!  Sweet and tender.  I have been eating mine just naked....no butter, no seasonings, no salt....and enjoying every bite.  Corn on the cob is certainly a right of passage for summer ( and so is watermelon!)  It really wouldn't be summer without them!  But when the stores give you a price for 10 or a dozen ears of corn and you have a family of 4, there is bound to be a few ears left over. Insert Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad.

This salad is easy and tasty.  You can use frozen corn in place of fresh...but the fresh sweet corn gives it such a great flavor and texture.  The inspiration for this recipe comes from Whole Foods Recipes. 



I used jarred pickled jalapenos in here, simply because I didn't have fresh jalapeno on hand, but when I make it again, I will be sure to use a fresh, seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper instead of the jarred kind.  If you aren't a fan of cilantro ( yes, I know, you either love the stuff like me or you hate it! ) you can sub plain chopped parsley.

The recipe as written, gives a generous serving size of approximately one cup.  You can half the serving size if you wish for half the points+.  I had this salad with two poached eggs on top for lunch yesterday....and it was delicious and filling!  


Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad
adapted from Whole Foods Recipes


Servings - 6   Serving size - approx. 1 cup of salad   Points Plus per serving - 6 points+
Calories - 229.6,   Total Fat - 5.6g,   Carb. - 37g,   Protein - 11.1g,   Fiber - 11.8g

kernels from 3 medium sized ears of fresh sweet corn, cooked ( I used leftover corn from a few nights ago) 
1 - 15.5 oz. can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 medium red or orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
chopped jalapeno pepper, to taste
3 scallion, white and light green parts only, chopped
1 TBS olive oil
2 TBS UNseasoned rice vinegar OR white vinegar
1 TBS fresh lime juice
pinch of sugar
salt and pepper, to taste 
1/2 avocado, chopped
1/3 cup chopped cilantro OR parsley

1.  Combine corn, black beans, red onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and scallions.  In 4-cup glass measure or small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, sugar and salt and pepper.  

2.  Pour dressing over the corn mixture and gently stir to combine.  Cover and refrigerate for about an hour to let flavors mingle.  

3.  Before serving, add avocado and cilantro.  Stir well.  Enjoy!

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Today is my middle son's 17th birthday!  Happy birthday to him!  He has requested an ice cream cake, so a stop at Dairy Queen will be happening later today.  Fortunately, I am more of a cake and buttercream icing sort of gal, and much less an ice cream lover...so portion control will not be so challenging for me. 

The problem with an ice cream cake....is making sure you have enough freezer space to store the darn thing!  

Ice cream is certainly a summer food to me, as well as the aforementioned corn on the cob and watermelon.  It wouldn't seem like summer without these in my menus.  What foods remind you it's summer?  

and speaking of summer....

Share your favorite SUMMER SALAD RECIPES! ( I've started with one of mine!)  Just make sure you post a link back to THIS post on YOUR post if you link up.  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.  I am giving the blog hop thing a try....





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16 comments:

  1. Yum! Josh is just starting to like avocado...Maybe I can get him to eat this delicious salad. happy birthday to your son! Cantaloupe, fresh tomatoes, corn (I like mine naked too!!), watermelon, and anything grilled just screams summer to me

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  2. I love the combination of corn, beans and avocado :) this salad sounds fabulous!

    I don't know when I'll actually use my cake decorating skills but hopefully they come in use soon!

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  3. My mom has a recipe similar to this and it is the ONLY way I will eat black beans.
    For me summer is all about the BBQ, fresh fruit and pasta salads. :)

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  4. I'm new(ish) to your site and love this type of filling salad. You could add shrimp for not too many more points+ and make a meal out of it.

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  5. Oh, this looks so beautiful and delicious! I really love salads like this in the summer. Definitely saving this! I liked reading that you like cake with buttercream and aren't a huge fan of ice cream b/c I'm the same way and haven't met another person like this until now! I can take or leave ice cream, and it's probably the only sweet I'm that way with. Summer foods for me are tomatoes, berries, corn for sure, and summer squashes. Watermelon is another thing I can take or leave and usually leave it.

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  6. @ It is what it is.....that is a terrific idea to add shrimp to it!

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  7. Hi Renee! BIG Happy Birthday to your son! Like you, I'm more of a cake person than an ice cream cake person...but hey, whatever floats your birthday boat! :) Have a great day.

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  8. I love salads like this! I would never have thought to serve it with poached eggs but that sounds fabulous!

    Question, do I need to post about the salad blog hop? What's my next step after having posted the salad recipe here? I am such a newb!

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  9. That is totally my kinda salad! Great idea for this event, I'm always in need of good salad ideas...I brought a summer favorite that includes heirloom tomatoes, onions, and purslane :D

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  10. This is a great summer salad recipe, I'm definitely going to have to keep this recipe in mind once Midwest corn season arrives. Thanks for sharing this in my hop! I'll have to make a salad recipe as I'd love to participate in your blog hop.

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  11. Ciao ho trovato il tuo blog passando da Jay... mi piace molto questa insalata è molto fresca!
    Mi fermo volentieri tra i tuoi lettori e ti invito a passare da me se ti va ; )
    A presto!

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  12. Happy Belated Birthday to your middle son! :D

    Watermelon and fresh canteloupe always remind me of summer :D

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  13. Hi Renee,
    I didn't know that you had a party going on, I will have to bring a salad over to you. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and I look forward to seeing you real soon. Hope you have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

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  14. Hi Renee, I love this salad and made a similar version of it a few weeks ago. I'm your newest follower, and am linking up a sweet cobbler here. I'd love it if you could stop by and share a recipe on my weekend foodie blog hop: Fresh Food Friday or Seasonal Saturday. Nice to have found you!

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