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Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad

black-bean-corn-saladEnjoy this sweet, crunchy salad in the waning days of summer. It can be served warm, cold or even room temperature. Try stuffing a corn tortilla with it and topping with a bit of cheddar cheese and a dollop of nonfat Greek yogurt for a vegetarian main dish!

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of sweet corn on the cob, cleaned and trimmed
  • 12 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, any color, diced
  • 1 quart grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 T fresh cilantro (or use basil, if you prefer)
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:

Brush cleaned corn with EVOO and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill for 3-4 minutes, turning constantly so corn cooks evenly but doesn’t become charred. Remove corn from grill and let cool. Once cool enough to handle, stand corn up on its end and run a knife down the length of the cob, removing the kernels. Place all kernels into a large mixing bowl along with all remaining ingredients. Makes 8-10 servings. Enjoy!

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