Black Bean & Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

May 16, 2018mayurisjikoni

EVENT: FANTASTICAL FOOD FIGHT

THEME: SALAD

RECIPE : BLACK BEAN & CORN SALAD WITH AVOCADO DRESSING

Black Bean And Corn Salad With Avocado Dressing is a healthy, tasty, filling salad with a creamy home made dressing. Can enjoy this hearty salad as a meal for lunch or dinner. Different textures and flavours makes this a fun salad.

 

FANTASTICAL FOOD FIGHT

Fantastical Food Fight is a Facebook Group of food bloggers. The group initiator is Sarah Ellis. She comes up with monthly themes and we post our recipes on the indicated date and time. It is a fun group which allows me to explore so many different cuisines and ideas.

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Theme: Salads

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. And I got off track. This Salad theme is a reminder to get back on track.

I reasoned that light dinners felt good as tummy was not bloated, didn’t feel lethargic. 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.

Black Bean & Corn Salad With Avocado Dressing

So wanting to get back to my soup and salad dinners, I decided to make this hearty, healthy and filling salad. I love adding fruit to my salad, so just threw in a few pineapple chunks that I had in the fridge. And oh my! that added so much flavour to the overall salad.

For a creamy dressing, I usually go for yogurt or avocado as I am not a big fan of mayonnaise.

 

Some More Salads That You May Enjoy:

Sprouted Moong Salad

Phyllo Cup Salad

Baked Falafel Salad Bowl

Butternut Squash and Apple Salad

Mango and Avocado Salad

Apple Avocado Quinoa Salad

 

Ingredients Required For Black Bean & Corn Salad With Avocado Dressing:

  • Salad Greens – any of your choice.
  • Sweet Corn – cooked. Can use freshly boiled corn or frozen or tinned.
  • Black Beans – cooked. If you use dried beans then you will need to soak them for at least 6 hours and cook them with water. Can use canned beans.
  • Tomatoes – I have used cherry tomatoes. Can use any of your choice. If you use normal tomatoes, chop them into bite size pieces.
  • Cucumber – I like to use English Cucumber. The skin is thin and crunchy so I don’t peel it.
  • Pineapple Chunks – fresh or canned.
  • Spring Onion – chopped, both the white and green parts. If you don’t have any, use normal onion.
  • Fresh Coriander – cilantro. Wash and chopped. Need some for the salad and the dressing.
  • Avocado – use one small one or half of a large one. Scoop out the flesh using a spoon.
  • Yogurt – plain thick yogurt. For a vegan version use vegan yogurt or coconut cream or replace it with water.
  • Garlic – peeled.
  • Lime Juice
  • Salt – add according to your taste
  • Pepper Powder
  • jalapeño – use according to your taste. If you don’t want a hot dressing remove the seeds and rib. Can replace it with normal green chillis.

 

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BLACK BEAN & CORN SALAD WITH AVOCADO DRESSING

mayurisjikoni
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Meal, Salad
Cuisine International
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 2 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup sweet corn cooked
  • 1 cup black beans cooked
  • 10 cherry or plum tomatoes cut into halves
  • ½ cup cucumber diced
  • ½ cup pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup spring onion chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander chopped

FOR THE AVOCADO DRESSING:

  • ½ cup avocado pulp
  • ½ cup plain yogurt thick
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 jalapeño chopped
  • ½ tsp pepper powder

Instructions
 

PREPARATION OF SALAD:

  • Wash the greens thoroughly and pat them dry on a kitsch towel.
  • Tear them up into smaller bite size.
  • Mix all the salad ingredients in a bowl.

PREPARATION OF AVOCADO DRESSING:

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

SERVING:

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

Notes

  • You can add other vegetables like bell pepper, chopped onion, olives, carrots etc.
  • Use green chili instead of jalapeño
  • Use leftover dressing as a dip.
  • For vegan version of dressing omit dairy yogurt and use vegan yogurt. Or simply add some water. You will still get a creamy dressing.
Keyword avocado dressing, bean and corn salad, bean and corn salad with avocado dressing

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45 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.

  • jayashreetrao

    May 11, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Lovely salad, liking all the ingredients that you have used here. Shall try this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2020 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, hope you like it.

  • Poonam bachhav

    May 1, 2021 at 8:53 am

    This black bean, cucumber , corn salad with avocado dressing sounds like a refreshing, flavorful and wholesome dish. Looks so colorful too !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 1, 2021 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    January 8, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    5 stars
    Hearty and colourful salad with such a flavourful dressing. What a novel idea of using avocado pulp in the dressing. The texture must be nice and creamy.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 8, 2022 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha, I love the creamy texture of pureed avocado. Makes a great substitute for mayonnaise.

  • Mina Joshi

    January 9, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    5 stars
    I love this salad with so many interesting ingredients. The addition of pineapple reminds me so much of Kenya where fresh pineapple was used in so many dishes. Very filling and healthy salad.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 10, 2022 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you so much Mina. I love pineapples so always look for ways to enjoy it.

  • Neha

    January 10, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    5 stars
    A creative way of using avocado dressing with black bean corn salad. I too prefer the avocado dressing at the side , just as you mentioned in the post. A nice colorful salad presentation. Great post!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 10, 2022 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you so much Neha. I like creamy dressings on the side as one can add how much they prefer.

  • Sujata Roy

    January 11, 2022 at 4:35 am

    5 stars
    Salad sounds super healthy, filling, refreshing and delicious. Loved the use of avocado and yogurt for dressing. I also don’t like mayonnaise much. I would love to have it plateful as a meal.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 11, 2022 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata. I usually replace mayo with avocado or yogurt in most recipes.

  • Archana

    January 11, 2022 at 9:00 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this black bean, corn salad. The avocado dressing to die for! Love the thought of the yum dressing. Tomorrow is my market day will get some supplies.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 11, 2022 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks Archana. Avocado dressing is a good replacement for mayo.

  • Priya Vj

    January 13, 2022 at 9:09 am

    5 stars
    The pics of the salad speak a 1000 words ..looks so very fresh ,crisp and refreshing. I am sure they make a delicious meal all by itself when we want to have some light lunch or dinner

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 14, 2022 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks Priya, it is a meal on its own as it is filling.

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