Saturday, July 30, 2011

Black Bean Salad

It has been months since I have posted a recipe.  Rest assured - I have continued my cooking journey.  My poor babies have had a rough winter, spring, and summer fighting colds of all types.  We have tried our best to keep the big guys busy and active while giving the twins time for their immune systems to strengthen.  It has been a challenge, so I had to put the blog on the back burner.

Today's post is a staple in our summer diet.  Joseph will run to the table and pour half of the dsh onto his plate so he can get his fill.  The key to this recipe is making the dressing in a blender, or a hand held blender.  Make the dressing thick.  Add the oil slowly and blend, blend, blend.  Enjoy!!

From Food Network Kitchens
Prep Time:
10 min
Inactive Prep Time:
Cook Time:
6 min
4 to 6 servings
  • Dressing
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • Pinch salt, plus 2 teaspoons
  • Juice 1 1/2 limes (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salad
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (from about 2 ears)
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small hass avocado, halved, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, leaves and stems
Make the dressing: Smash the garlic clove, sprinkle with a pinch of the salt, and, with the flat side of a large knife, mash and smear the mixture to a coarse paste. Whisk the garlic paste, lime juice, salt and chili powder together in a bowl. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream.
For the salad: Cook the corn, bell pepper, and onions in the olive oil until beginning to brown over medium-high heat in a skillet. Toss in the black beans and cook until warm. Add the dressing and toss to coat evenly. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and gently fold in the tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro. Serve.
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