Black Bean Salad

Ingredients: – 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed – 1 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned) – 1 red bell pepper, diced – 1/2 red onion, finely chopped – 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)

– 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro – Juice of 2 lime – 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil – 1 teaspoon ground cumin – Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the Salad Base: – In a large mixing bowl, combine the black beans, corn kernels, diced red bell pepper, finely chopped red onion, minced jalapeño pepper (if using), and chopped fresh cilantro.

Make the Dressing: – In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, ground cumin, salt, and pepper to create the dressing.

Combine Salad and Dressing: – Pour the dressing over the black bean salad ingredients in the bowl. Gently toss everything together until evenly coated with the dressing.

Chill and Serve: – Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the black bean salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Garnish (Optional): – Before serving, garnish the black bean salad with diced avocado, crumbled feta cheese, or diced tomatoes for added flavor and texture.

Enjoy: – Serve the black bean salad as a side dish, appetizer, or light meal. It pairs well with grilled meats, fish, or as a topping for tacos or quesadillas.


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