Corn and Black Bean Salad

James A Drake – Community Cleanser

*Bio – I had a Community Cleanse potluck to attend a few nights ago and had to come up with a delicious dish to bring.  I knew I was going to be outnumbered by women and my dish needed to make an impression.  So I turned to the Food Network website and found a sure home run from Giada (Yay Giants).  It was a big hit – the ladies loved it!  And of course it’s also cleanse friendly. 

Ingredients

Salad

  • 2 ears fresh corn or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 mango, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Vinaigrette

  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill.
  2. Peel back the corn husks. Remove the silks and replace the husks. Soak the corn in cold water for 30 minutes. Drain and place on the grill for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool completely and remove the husks. Using a sharp knife, remove the corn kernels.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the grilled corn, black beans, garbanzo beans, bell pepper, and mango.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the lime zest, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, basil, and cumin.
  5. Slowly add the oil, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss well.
  8. Refrigerate for 1 hour and toss again before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

*Bio written by The Healthy Junkie, approved by James A Drake.

Source for recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/corn-and-black-bean-salad-with-basil-lime-vinaigrette-recipe/index.html

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