This Black Bean and Corn Salad is loaded with crisp veggies, delicious spices and fresh cilantro, all tossed together in a zesty lime dressing making it the perfect summer side dish or dip!

This Black Bean and Corn Salad is loaded with crisp veggies, delicious spices and fresh cilantro, all tossed together in a zesty lime dressing making it the perfect summer side dish or dip!

Here’s a bright and refreshing salad perfect for the summer that only takes about 10 minutes to throw together!  This black bean and corn salad is made with a delicious combination of crisp corn, black beans, chopped bell peppers, red onion, avocado, fresh cilantro all tossed together with a zesty lime vinaigrette.  Not only is this salad perfect for a crowd, but it also doubles as a dip so feel free to serve with some salty tortilla chips for the ultimate summer appetizer!

I like making a big batch of this salad at the beginning of the week to enjoy for a few days, but I especially love to serve this as a side dish on taco night!

This Black Bean and Corn Salad is loaded with crisp veggies, delicious spices and fresh cilantro, all tossed together in a zesty lime dressing making it the perfect summer side dish or dip!

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Corn – fresh, frozen, or canned corn will work great in this recipe, whatever is easiest for you!  You could even grill or roast the kernels to get that delicious charred flavor
  • Black beans – not only do black beans make this salad hearty and more filling, but they are a great source of fiber and potassium
  • Bell pepper – I used a colorful red bell pepper in this salad, but feel free to use any color you’d like.  Mini sweet peppers would work great in this recipe too
  • Red onion – adds a nice color and crunch to the salad!  You could also use white onion or green onions in this recipe if you don’t have a red onion
  • Avocado – this adds some creaminess to the salad along with some nice health benefits!  Try to use a semi-firm avocado as TOO ripe may become mushy in this salad
  • Cilantro – I LOVE the taste of cilantro so I’m pretty heavy-handed, however if you’re not a fan of this herb, feel free to use chopped parsley or even basil
  • Limes – these add a nice fresh and tangy flavor that really brighten up this whole salad.  Make sure to use fresh limes (fresh is always best!) as bottled lime juice can have a bitter taste.  If you don’t have any limes, lemon juice would work as well as apple cider vinegar
  • Garlic – I mean, who doesn’t love garlic?!  If you don’t have fresh garlic on hand, you can substitute a 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings – I used a combination of cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little spice

This Black Bean and Corn Salad is loaded with crisp veggies, delicious spices and fresh cilantro, all tossed together in a zesty lime dressing making it the perfect summer side dish or dip!

How to Make Black Bean and Corn Salad

Here’s the thing, this salad is SO easy to make and you’ll have it ready in just 10 minutes!  You only need 3 simple steps:

  1. Prepare veggies.  Simply chop your bell pepper, onion and avocado, drain and rinse the black beans, and toss everything together in a large bowl with the corn.  You’ll also want to give a handful of cilantro a good chop and mix that in as well.
  2. Make lime dressing.  In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice + zest, olive oil, garlic, and seasonings (I used a mixture of cumin, chili powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and kosher salt).
  3. Mix, mix, MIX!  Drizzle the lime dressing over the black beans and chopped veggies, mix well and that’s it!  This salad definitely tastes best chilled, so cover and keep in the fridge for at least an hour, or until ready to serve.

This salad makes a TON too so it’s really great for your weekly meal prep!  If you are making this salad ahead of time, I would suggest adding in the avocado right before serving so that it stays as fresh as possible

This Black Bean and Corn Salad is loaded with crisp veggies, delicious spices and fresh cilantro, all tossed together in a zesty lime dressing making it the perfect summer side dish or dip!

Prepping and Storing This Salad

This black bean and corn salad tastes best served cold, so I recommend covering this and chilling in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.  Unfortunately since this salad has avocado in it that will start to turn brown and mushy, this salad will only last about 3 days in the fridge in a sealed airtight container.  Feel free to omit the avocado altogether if you want this salad to keep longer!

More Delicious Summer Salads

RECIPE

Black Bean and Corn Salad

This Black Bean and Corn Salad is loaded with crisp veggies, delicious spices and fresh cilantro, all tossed together in a zesty lime dressing making it the perfect summer side dish or dip!

Yield: 6 Servings 1x
Scale
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together black beans, corn, red bell pepper, red onion, avocado and cilantro; set aside.
  2. To make the dressing, whisk together lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, garlic, and seasonings.  Drizzle over black beans and corn mixture and toss well to combine.
  3. Cover and chill salad in the fridge for at least one hour before serving.

Notes

*This salad will last in the fridge in a sealed airtight container for 3 days.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe
  • Calories: 230
  • Sugar: 5.1 g
  • Sodium: 205.9 mg
  • Fat: 12.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.3 g
  • Fiber: 8.9 g
  • Protein: 6.8 g

* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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This Black Bean and Corn Salad is loaded with crisp veggies, delicious spices and fresh cilantro, all tossed together in a zesty lime dressing making it the perfect summer side dish or dip!