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Corn and Black Bean Salad

What you need: 

2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained but not rinsed
1 pound frozen corn kernels
1 medium onion, chopped fine, about 1 cup
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped fine, about 1-1/4 cups
1 bunch cilantro, chopped fine or parsley, about 1/4 cups, packed [u]Dressing[/u]:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander (optional)
ground black pepper, to taste 1 lime, juice of (optional)
1 jalapeno pepper, finely minced (optional)

What you do: 

1. In a bowl, mix together black beans, corn, onion, bell pepper, and cilantro.
2. In another bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, cumin, salt, chili powder, coriander, pepper.
3. Drizzle dressing over vegetables and mix well to incorporate. Let stand 5 minutes then serve, or chill in refrigerator until serving time.
4. For an extra twist, squeeze the juice of one lime over the salad and serve with extra lime wedges. Also, add one finely minced jalapeno pepper for some heat.
This salad keeps very well refrigerated for up to a week. An excellent lunch alternative.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
8 to 10
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

Very yummy.  I made this for dinner tonight and halved the recipe.  Portions appeared appropriate, though I didn't measure the veggies (just kind of eyed them).

Modifications I made:
1.  Rinsed the black beans.
2.  Topped mixture with fresh avocado chunks.  (a must!)  ;)
3.  Served with tortilla chips.

Next time, I plan to add the jalapeno and lime juice.  This would be a great burrito filling or appetizer as well.  Thanks for a great recipe!

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Delicious!  I make this all the time, especially for family picnics.  It's so easy, and everyone loves it.  If you don't have all the seasonings on hand, it's great, too, with just the olive oil and balsamic vinegar (and a splash of fresh lime juice, if you want). 

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