This colorful black bean and corn salad is loaded with veggies and takes only minutes to prepare. It’s the perfect summer side for your next cookout or BBQ.
Whether you’re having a backyard BBQ or heading to a potluck, I wanted to share one of my favorite healthy cookout dishes with you. It’s a black bean and corn salad, also known as black bean succotash, and it’s so easy to toss together.
The next time you find yourself needing a last minute BBQ dish I highly recommend trying this recipe.
Black Bean and Corn Salad = LOVE
Here’s why I love this black bean and corn salad:
It’s sweet, fresh and delicious.
It’s quick and easy.
You only need 9 ingredients (and that’s counting salt and pepper).
It pairs well with everything from burgers to grilled chicken and seafood. <– It’s amazing as a topping for grilled salmon.
Did I mention it’s quick and easy?
Black Bean and Corn Salad Ingredients
Here’s everything you need to make this simple salad:
sweet frozen corn kernels – I like using frozen corn kernels for ease, but you can absolutely use fresh sweet corn as well!
black beans – I used canned black beans, but you can totally cook them from dry beans if you’d like.
bell pepper – red bell pepper adds the perfect pop of color, but any color works if you’re in a pinch!
red onion – you can use yellow onion for a more mild onion flavor if you prefer, but I like the color (and flavor) that red onion adds to the salad.
red wine vinegar – a tangy base to the dressing that pairs really well with the vegetables and olive oil.
fresh parsley – I love the flavor that fresh herbs add to the salad. Fresh cilantro would also be delicious!
olive oil – oil helps to balance the vinegar and adds healthy fats to the salad.
sea salt and pepper – to season and bring all of the flavors together!
The fun thing about this salad is how many variations there are! Here are some ways to switch it up:
Jalapeño – add in some spice with jalapeño. Just de-seed, dice and add as much as you’d like to the salad.
Grilled corn – if you’re using fresh sweet corn you can grill it for extra flavor. Cut it from the cob and make the salad as the recipe recommends. This will take the salad to a whole other level.
Grilled peppers – same with the peppers! Lightly char them for extra flavor.
Cilantro – like I mentioned above, this salad would be delicious with cilantro as well!
Beans – you can swap the black beans for a different type of bean if you’d like. Chickpeas would be delish!
Avocado – add some healthy fats and a delicious creaminess to the salad with chopped avocado.
How to Serve Black Bean and Corn Salad
This salad is super versatile! Here’s what I like to serve it with:
If you make this black bean and corn salad please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how the recipe turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers!