This is a perfect dish for all of those fresh tomatoes and cobs of corn that are now in season. One word of caution though, freshly harvested corn does not have to be cooked long at all. I used to buy corn from the grocery store and boil it for 10 – 12 minutes, which seemed to be adequate.
I totally ruined our first batch of local corn by overcooking it by a long shot. I only boiled the second batch for 3 minutes and it was still overdone! I guess the third time really is a charm because I finally decided to boil the corn for 1 short minute and it was perfect. So keep a close eye on that pot if you use fresh corn too.
I also want to mention a little something about the beans in this recipe (or any recipe that calls for beans). I used to always buy canned beans and think nothing of it. Now that I am actually reading the ingredients I have realized the advantage of dried beans – no added salt!
Isn’t it odd that a bag of dried beans has 0 mg of sodium, but a can of the very same beans would have hundreds of grams of sodium in it? I will be the first to tell you that it doesn’t always work out for me to remember to soak the beans the night before, so I like to have a back-up can on hand (since it is a whopping 99 cents extra) just in case I forget.
I am happy to report though, I just learned that the Earth Fare brand of canned organic beans have incredibly low sodium (maybe only 15 mgs…but don’t quote me on that) so next time you are there stock up on some of those for sure!
Tomato, Corn & Black Bean Side Salad
- 3 ears corn boiled for 1 minute (or longer if purchased at the grocery)
- 2.5 cups black beans drained, rinsed, and cooked
- 8 ounces cherry tomatoes halved
- ½ cup red onion diced
- ½ cup basil leaves only chopped (or cilantro)
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- basil for garnish (or cilantro)
- Cut the corn kernels off the cobs and gently mix with the beans, sliced tomatoes, and red onions in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl whisk together the basil (or cilantro), vinegar, oil, garlic and S & P.
- Pour the dressing over the salad mixture and gently blend it together. Garnish with fresh basil (or cilantro) leaves and enjoy!