Black Bean and Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

May 16, 2018mayurisjikoni

There was a time when I was sticking to soups and salads only for dinner and that was going pretty well for a long time. However, the disheartening thing was that I was not losing any weight. Light dinners felt good as tummy was not bloated, didn’t feel lethargic and generally felt good that I was eating something healthy. I really should get back to that routine and yes have realized that counting calories is as important as exercising. No diet promises the easy way out.

It’s after a long time I’m posting a salad recipe today. A few weeks ago, making salads with greens was not possible as it was difficult getting greens. Now that the rains have begun, its possible to find extra crispy, crunchy, fresh greens. The other ingredient that is difficult to find is black beans. So whenever a recipe calls for black beans I replace it red beans. Red beans we get plenty, both the fresh ones and the dried ones. A trip to a new mini supermarket near my home was a delight after having ‘mourned’ over the closure of the mega supermarket chains Nakumatt. Some of their outlets are still open but the shelves are empty. What baffles me is how they are able to pay rent for this huge places when they hardly do any business. This mini market has most of the things available and the young man running the shop promises that he will try to source whatever we need. I found a tin of black beans on the shelf and picked it up. At that time had no idea when or how I will use it.

A few days ago got a reminder from Sarah Ellis who is the initiator of the group Fantastical Food Fight about the salad theme for this month. Every month Sarah indicates the theme and accordingly we prepare dish. We all post the dish on indicated time and date.  I had completely forgotten about this theme with all that marathon blogging that I took part in. By the way you may like to check out 26 breakfast dishes from different parts of the world. So started thinking what kind of salad shall I make? Remembered the black bean can and have a lovely ripe avocado. So it was all set… fish out whatever else I had in the fridge and made this delicious, refreshing and healthy salad. I should seriously get back to eating delicious  salads for dinner.

So without wasting much time lets get to the recipe for this easy peasy salad. What can you do with the leftover dressing? Well use it for another salad the next day or use it as a dip. I love creamy dressings but don’t like the ready made mayonnaise so land up making yogurt or avocado dressing often. As to adding pineapple, well I love my salads with a fruit… like a sweet fruit!

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BEAN AND CORN SALAD WITH AVOCADO DRESSING

Serves 4 or 2 as a light meal

For the Salad:

2-3 cups of mixed salad greens

1 cup cooked sweet corn

1 cup cooked black beans

8-10 cherry or plum tomatoes

½ cup diced cucumber, I used English cucumber

½ cup pineapple chunks

½ cup chopped spring onion

¼ cup fresh chopped coriander

For the Avocado Dressing:

½ cup avocado pulp

½ cup thick plain yogurt

1 clove of garlic, peeled

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1 tbsp lime juice

½ tsp salt

1 green chili, chopped (can use jalapeño)

½ tsp pepper powder

Preparation of the salad:

  1. Wash the greens thoroughly and pat them dry on a kitsch towel.
  2. Tear them up into smaller bite size.
  3. Cut the tomatoes into halves.
  4. Mix all the salad ingredients in a bowl.

Preparation of the Avocado Dressing:

  1. Add avocado pulp, yogurt, chili, garlic, coriander into a food processor.
  2. Process till you get a smooth creamy mixture.
  3. Add salt, pepper and lime juice.
  4. Pulse for 2-3 seconds.
  5. Remove the dressing into a bowl.

Serving:

  1. I usually prefer to serve the salad with the dressing on the side. That way people can add dressing according to their preference.

Tips:

  • You can add other vegetables like bell pepper, chopped onion, olives, carrots etc.
  • Use jalapeño instead of chili.

You may want to check out my other salad recipes:

Blog post
Sprouted Moong Salad
phyllo cup salad
Blog post
baked falafel salad bowl
Blog post
butternut squash and apple salad

 

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29 Comments

  • Karen

    May 16, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    This salad sounds delicious! It’s a favorite here in California. That corn looks so sweet and flavorful!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks Karen, we get some good corn here most year round.

       
  • wendyklik

    May 17, 2018 at 2:20 am

    This dressing sounds lovely Mayuri. Thanks.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 17, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      It is Wendy..try it.

       
  • Lynda Hardy

    May 17, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    The pineapple is a nice surprise here! I love how bright your salad looks – it would make such a lovely lunch.

     
  • Sarah E. (@sjanee11)

    May 20, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    This is my kind of salad – black beans, corn, cucumber, tomato, and AVOCADO DRESSING! YES!! 🙂 So glad you joined in this month!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2018 at 1:52 am

      Thanks Sarah. And am so happy that you come up with some unique themes.

       
  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    May 24, 2018 at 8:30 am

    The dressing is so very healthy! I can’t imagine the difficulty of getting produce… here in the UAE I must say that we are pampered, a trip to the closeby mart and you get whatever you want! After having eaten quantified off late, I feel that it is best to have your raw salad in the afternoon and have carbs at night. It keeps you full, less hungry at night and seems to keep all your midnight cravings at bay! Raw food seems to digest faster so you may have a growling tummy soon… hehe…

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Rafeeda during my first visit to Dubai Carrefour was like a paradise to me. While my daughter spent time in the boutiques I would spend time in Carrefour. It is frustrating not getting things readily here but Nairobi is different. Now Carrefour has come there too. I’ll take your advise and eat carb at night to ward off hunger pangs.

       
  • Renu

    May 25, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Colorful, Healthy and Refreshing salad……

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks Renu.

       
  • Alison Rost

    June 1, 2018 at 8:02 am

    What a lovely and refreshing salad to make for the season! This is perfect use of avocados and beans. I really like the combination plus I can’t wait to try the avocado dressing as well.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Thank you so much Alison.

       
  • simplysensationalfood

    June 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    This salad looks so colourful , it’s like a rainbow on a plate . I have never made a dressing with avocado so will definitely try it.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2018 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks Nayna, do try the dressing it adds so much flavor to a salad. I make it often as I don’t like mayo.

       
  • mydeliciousmeals

    June 2, 2018 at 3:50 am

    This looks like a great salad for warmer days. I like that the dressing includes avocado, love avocado in everything )

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 2, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you so much.

       
  • Jacqueline Debono

    June 2, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    This salad looks really tasty and fresh! I love black beans!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 3, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Jacqueline.

       
  • Linda | Brunch-n-Bites

    June 2, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    I really enjoy avocado salad and this will be my new favorite!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 3, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Linda… do try it.

       
  • Casey Rodweller

    June 3, 2018 at 2:12 am

    I love a good salad and this one looks absolutely fantastic! I cannot wait to try it! And that dressing sounds amazing

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 3, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Casey. The dressing is the best part of the salad.

       
  • Sprinkles and Sprouts

    June 3, 2018 at 3:16 am

    The dressing on this salad was just delicious! Definitely a keeper 😀
    Thank you

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 3, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much.

       
  • bluebowlsteph

    June 3, 2018 at 5:38 am

    I can’t wait to try this – the avocado dressing sounds super good! I’ve never had it but I think I’ll love it!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 3, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks Stephanie and please do try it, it turns out delicious.

       
  • chefmireille

    June 11, 2018 at 6:56 am

    LOVE the ingredients in this salad though not an avocado fan so will probably do it with a different dressing

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Heeheee Mireille, yes go ahead and use a dressing of your choice.

       

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