Black Bean & Corn Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette

By Jennifer Segal.

Jennifer is one of my favourite chefs/cookbook authors. Every recipe that I have made from her cookbook and website truns out perfecttly! I happened to be in the Toronto neighbourhood when she was signing her new cookbook, so I had the pleasure of meeting her in 2018. She is such a lovely woman. I must admit that I was a bit envious of how petite she is, given how delicious her food is ;) 

 Servings: 6 (as a side dish) - Total Time: 30 Minutes, plus at least one hour to chill

This make-ahead black bean and corn salad is a real crowd-pleaser. Bonus: it doubles as a dip!

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE SALAD

  • 2 ears fresh corn
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh chopped cilantro (plus a bit more for garnish, if desired)
  • 1 avocado

FOR THE DRESSING

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from 1-2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (2 peppers, not 2 cans; use 1 or 1 1/2 peppers if they are)

INSTRUCTIONS

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the corn, cover, and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the corn from the water and let cool.

Meanwhile, place the chopped red onions in a small bowl and cover with water. Let sit about ten minutes, then drain completely in a sieve and set aside.

Place the beans in a sieve; run under cold water to rinse well. Let drain completely and set aside.

Holding the cooled corn upright in a large bowl, cut the kernels off the cob in strips. Add the beans, red onion, red bell pepper and cilantro.

Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients in a blender or mini food processor; process until smooth.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or, preferably, overnight.

Right before serving, slice the avocado in half. Remove the pit; using a butter knife, cut a grid in each half. Holding the avocado halves over the salad, use a spoon to scoop out the diced flesh. Toss the salad gently, then taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (I usually add a squeeze of fresh lime to freshen it up). Garnish with a bit of fresh chopped cilantro if desired. Serve cold.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per 6 servings - Serving size :approximately 1 cup - Calories:357 - Fat:20 g - Saturated fat:2 g - Carbohydrates:40 g - Sugar:12 g - Fiber:11 g - Protein:9 g - Sodium:306 mg - Cholesterol:0 mg

PLEASE check out her other amazing recipes at OnceUponAChef.com and before you say it, I know, I know, there is gluten, dairy, animal products and sugar in many of her recipes, however there are many that are not and many are easily modifiable.