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Black bean salsa table spread

Black Bean and Corn Salsa with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Unlike its boring cousin Texas caviar, this black bean and corn salsa packs a punch of flavor and is loaded with textures and colorful ingredients that begs to be eaten. The cilantro vinaigrette brings it together and makes this dish something you won't want to live without.

Course Appetizer, healthy snack, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword black beans, corn, salsa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet in Santa Fe adapted this recipe from a Hill Country Salsa recipe shared by a friend

Ingredients

For the cilantro vinaigrette

  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch green onions chopped

For the black bean and corn salsa

  • 1 11 oz. can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 16 oz. can of corn or 2 cups frozen corn I used Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn
  • 2 Roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 bunch green onions chopped

Instructions

  1. Place the first eight ingredients in the blender--cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, cumin, salt, jalapeno, garlic and half a bunch of green onions.

    Black bean salsa cilantro vin pre-blended
  2. Blend together until the consistency is reminiscent of a salad dressing.

    Black bean salsa cilantro vin
  3. Place the beans, corn, tomatoes and remaining half a bunch of green onions in a big bowl.

    Black bean salsa
  4. Pour half of the cilantro vinaigrette over the beans, corn, tomatoes and green onions and stir well to combine. Reserve the remaining vinaigrette in a jar in the fridge.

    Black bean salsa cilantro vinaigrette
  5. Place the dressed black bean and corn salsa in the fridge to chill thoroughly. The longer it melds, the better it gets. If you do make this dish in advance and it melds for a day or two, taste it as you may want to add more of the cilantro vinaigrette to keep it moist.

    Black bean salsa in a bowl
  6. When ready, serve with assorted chips, atop salad greens or as a side dish.

    Black bean salsa table spread
  7. Refrigerate any leftovers.