Corn and Black Bean Salad with Basil-Lime Vinaigrette



I love corn salads and I love bean salads, so for me this salad is heaven!   Like most great recipes that I find, I’ve made it twice within the last couple of days, and I’ve had three helpings this afternoon alone.   The vinaigrette makes the salad taste so fresh which I attribute to the lime juice, the zest and the mango.

The original recipe calls for 1 tsp. cumin.   The first time I made this it was a group effort.   We had some friends over for dinner, so we all made the salad together.   I was the quarterback and I totally forgot to tell my friend who was in charge of the dressing that cumin was needed.  Let me tell you, the salad was delicious without it.   If you’re not a cumin fan, leave it out.

When I made the salad today, I added 1/4 tsp. cumin because truth be told, I’m not a huge cumin fan.   I like it in moderation and 1/4 tsp. was perfect.  I could taste it in the dressing, but it wasn’t overwhelming.   If you really love cumin, I’d add a whole teaspoon.

I was lucky to have found this recipe when I did becasue several days ago I received a box of Harry and David’s mangos that needed to be eaten.    Every year my sister-in-law gives me the BEST Christmas gift.   I get a 12-month subscription to Harry and David’s Fruit of the Month Club.   I get a box of perfectly ripe, flawless fruit each month which the boys and I gobble up.   If you’re ever seeking a gift for someone who has everything, and you don’t mind spending a little money, send some Harry and David’s fruit.  You won’t be disappointed.

Since it’s the beginning of June in NY, we don’t have fresh corn yet, so I used frozen corn and it was delicious.   I’ll try fresh corn this summer and let you know how it is.

Corn and Black Bean Salad with Basil-Lime Vinaigrette
Recipe from Giada DeLaurentis


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


2 limes, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the salad: Preheat a gas or charcoal grill. 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. In a medium bowl, mix together the grilled (or frozen) corn, black beans, garbanzo beans, bell pepper, and mango.

For the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine the lime zest, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, basil, and cumin. Slowly add the oil, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss well. Refrigerate for 1 hour, and toss again, before serving.

Yield:  4 – 6 servings

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9 comments to Corn and Black Bean Salad with Basil-Lime Vinaigrette

  • Lauren

    I made this salad for a BBQ on Father’s Day and it was a big hit. Instead of a mango, I used fresh peaches and it was delicious!! The corn I got from the farmers market was rotten so I used frozen corn but it worked beautifully!!

  • Mmm. That does sound good. My husband is a huge mango fan and would really enjoy this. Thanks for sharing it. (I made a mango chutney a little while back that you might want to check out if you have a mango left.)
    How awesome to get a box of fruit in the mail every month… lucky you!

  • nancy

    This looks amazing and healthy!! Going to make for our picnic this week-end.
    Can’t wait!!

  • Peter and Donald

    We made this as a side dish for grilled chicken. It was a hit at the cookout and has been just as tasty as leftovers.

  • nancy

    Wanted to follow up. Made this and it was amazing!! I love the lime vinegarette and herbs really added a great flavor. Can’t wait to have the left overs tonight!!

  • Absolutely amazing salad.
    Great combination of flavours x

  • Terence Rooney

    Rooney family dinner this evening – bee-oo-ti-ful, and kids ate it too. Thanks as always!

  • StylishCuisine

    So glad you like it. This is one of my all-time favorite salads. I could eat this morning, noon and night!

  • I made this as a side dish on thanksgiving. Big hit! So simple and classy! I’ll be making this a lot in the future! Thank you! <3

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