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Black bean and corn salad recipe

Black bean and corn salad
Black bean and corn salad
Darci Juris

I have a friend who has a trainer and is trying to lose fat and tone up. His trainers has told him he needs to eat around 200 grams of protein a day (whoa!). He asked if I could help with cooking his meals for him each week. I agreed to take the challenge, because I love to cook and it was a way to get me to develop new and healthy recipes. I thought that a good side dish that had protein would be a great addition to our weekly menu, which is where this recipe was born. There are a million ways you can build this salad, by eliminating or adding ingredients. This is the basic recipe to start with, and I have included options for you as well.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups cooked black beans
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 ears of corn; cut the kernels off the cob (I used white corn)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Optional ingredients: red bell pepper, tomato, avocado, feta

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add the first five ingredients. Add the lime dressing and gently toss to coat.

Refrigerate, and serve when ready.