Almost 10 years ago, for my graduation party, my Mother made what had to be at least 10 pounds of black bean salad. Now as good as the salad was, it apparently wasn’t very popular with high school kids as after everyone had left, we had about 8.5 pounds leftover. That, or my Mom greatly over estimated the number of friends I had. :) My Aunts each went home with a few pounds of that salad and to this day we still tease my poor Mom about the over abundance of that salad.

But here we are, 10 years later and I’m ready for that black bean salad again. It can be the perfect afternoon snack with tortilla chips, a delicious topping for salads, grilled chicken or fish, or just as a side dish as my Mom served it that exciting day, a long time ago. Only this time I’m certain there won’t be any leftovers.

Black Bean & Corn Relish - makes about 4 cups

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn (organic corn if possible)
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Rinse black beans and corn. Add to medium sized bowl.

Chop red pepper, green pepper and red onion into small pieces..

Prepare vinaigrette. Whisk together garlic, lime juice, cumin, orange juice, olive oil and salt & pepper until combined.

Toss bean mixture with vinaigrette. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Serve with tortilla chips, grilled chicken or fish or as side dish.

12 Comments (Reply )

  1. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    That salsa looks fantastic. YUM! I love corn and black beans together. I should try making a salsa myself.


  2. Tracey
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 11:44 am

    Looks so good. I’m going to make this for sure! I think I would try adding some olives in the mix. Wonder how that would taste?


    • Emily
      Sep 08, 2010 @ 11:51 am

      I think olives would be fantastic! I love olives but the taster not so much… :(


  3. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    My husband LOVES black bean & corn relish! I need to make this for him!


  4. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    I make a similar salad, its called Texas Caviar and it uses most of those ingredients you have listed plus: kidney beans, garbanzo beans, black eyed peas, pinto beans. It makes about a gallon! It is so delicious.

    I love how bright your salad is! very beautiful


  5. mary beth hughes
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

    so simple and yummy. i love having salsas like this around. i like to add tuna or chicken for lunch!


  6. kate
    Sep 09, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    i’d make a version of this with the kiddos at work. they really enjoyed. you can make whole wheat tortillas pretty easily with an electric griddle. super fun mexican themed cooking club project!


  7. Kristy
    Sep 09, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

    That looks so simple and delicious, beautiful colors! Thanks for sharing! :)


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