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black bean & corn relish

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Almost 10 years ago, for my graduation party, my Mother made what had to be at least 10 pounds of black bean salad. Now as good as the salad was, it apparently wasn’t very popular with high school kids as after everyone had left, we had about 8.5 pounds leftover. That, or my Mom greatly over estimated the number of friends I had. 🙂 My Aunts each went home with a few pounds of that salad and to this day we still tease my poor Mom about the over abundance of that salad.

But here we are, 10 years later and I’m ready for that black bean salad again. It can be the perfect afternoon snack with tortilla chips, a delicious topping for salads, grilled chicken or fish, or just as a side dish as my Mom served it that exciting day, a long time ago. Only this time I’m certain there won’t be any leftovers.

Black Bean & Corn Relish – makes about 4 cups

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn (organic corn if possible)
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Rinse black beans and corn. Add to medium sized bowl.

Chop red pepper, green pepper and red onion into small pieces..

Prepare vinaigrette. Whisk together garlic, lime juice, cumin, orange juice, olive oil and salt & pepper until combined.

Toss bean mixture with vinaigrette. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Serve with tortilla chips, grilled chicken or fish or as side dish.

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  1. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete

    I make a similar salad, its called Texas Caviar and it uses most of those ingredients you have listed plus: kidney beans, garbanzo beans, black eyed peas, pinto beans. It makes about a gallon! It is so delicious.

    I love how bright your salad is! very beautiful

  2. kate

    i’d make a version of this with the kiddos at work. they really enjoyed. you can make whole wheat tortillas pretty easily with an electric griddle. super fun mexican themed cooking club project!