Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa

by Michelle on July 3, 2013

Homemade salsa is one of the tastiest ways to make use of summer’s bounty of vegetables, and this version—which I have been making practically by the vat—is my current favorite. I must confess to a bit of cheat, however: Since corn isn’t quite at its peak here in the Northeast, I have been forgoing fresh corn in favor of Trader Joe’s frozen roasted corn. And I am not in the least bit sorry about this because TJ’s version is delightful. It even has little bits of char on it so no one will ever know you didn’t roast it yourself. Unless of course you tell them, which I often do, because I can’t lie when my guests ask me how I made the dish they are noshing on. Whether you use freshly grilled corn or the frozen stuff, definitely make this salsa for your next barbecue (which could very well be this Thursday. Happy 4th of July!) It’s easy, it’s delicious and it’s a total crowd pleaser. I rarely have leftovers when I make this salsa. If you can, pick up a bag of Late July’s Organic multigrain tortilla chips in Sub Lime while you’re at it. They’re my new favorite tortilla chip and a perfect complement to this salsa!

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Serves 4-6. If you’re having a large crowd, double this recipe

2 to 3 ears of corn, grilled or roasted and de-kerneled or a 1/2 pound of frozen corn, cooked according to package instructions (try Trader Joe’s Roasted Corn)

1 can of organic black beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 of a medium red onion, finely diced

1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped

Juice of one lime

Salt to taste

Ground cumin to taste

Once the corn has cooled, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and cumin to taste. Let chill for 30-60 minutes before serving.

This post is part of Food Network’s Summer Fest, a collection of recipes featuring the summer’s best bounty! For more delicious ways to cook with corn, check out the blogs below:

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Mexican Corn Salad “Esquites”

Virtually Homemade: Grilled Corn with Ancho Chili Butter and Fresh Lime

Domesticate Me: Campfire Chicken Packets with Zucchini, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Dishin & Dishes: Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn) Three Ways

Feed Me Phoebe: Corn on the Cob with Sriracha Lime Butter

Taste With The Eyes: Hello Summer Salad

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Fresh Corn, Roasted Tomato and Pickled Garlic Pizza with Cornmeal Crust

Red or Green?: Corn & Green Chile Corn Muffins

Blue Apron Blog: Summer Succotash with Cod and Pickled Grapes

Devour: Four Grilled Corn Favorites

The Heritage Cook: Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

The Sensitive Epicure: Cilantro Rice with Corn, Black Beans and Avocados

Pinch My Salt: Grilled Corn Guacamole

Daily*Dishin: Manchego Lime Roasted Corn

Weelicious: Corn Salsa

FN Dish: Off the Cob Salads

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Thank you and happy 4th.

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Jeanette July 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Michelle – this is my kinds of summer salsa. Love using roasted corn in salads and salsa – adds a little bit of smokiness + extra sweetness.

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