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.
- 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
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.