Grilled Corn and Black bean salad
With the whole country in a frenzy of grilling/barbecuing for Memorial Day, it is inevitable that some of that enthusiasm rub on me a little bit too. Vegetarians can also enjoy grilling in beautiful ways and I thought of fixing myself a little special something for my lunch today. I was drawn to fresh and some of the most beautiful looking corn yesterday which I put to use today.
Grilled Corn and Black bean salad
I usually tend to include a variety of beans/lentils in my diet to make up for the protein since we are on a vegetarian diet. Among such, I use what is called as Mexican yellow bean - also called as Mayocoba bean. (Other names are : maicoba bean, azufrado bean, canaria bean, canario bean, Peruvian bean, or a Peruano bean. ) Grilled Corn,Black bean and Mayocoba salad It is rich in protein where 1/4 cup of the bean yields 8g of protein. They taste buttery and can be used similar to Pinto beans. I use these bean soaked overnight for many side dishes and here I have used it for my salad along with Black beans. Between the black beans and Mayocoba, this salad is a protein powerhouse. You can replace Mayocoba with chickpeas too in case you don't find them near you. Grilled Corn and Black bean salad
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  • Serves: 4 people
  • 2 ears of medium sized corn
  • 1/4 cup each of black bean and Mayocoba bean (or use any other bean on hand), soaked overnight and cooked. (don't make them mushy)
  • approx 1 to 1-1/2 cups of bell peppers, chopped into large bite sized pieces
  • 1 onion
  • For the Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup minus 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • few sprigs of mint leaves for garnish
1. Heat a grilling pan, spray with little oil (PAM works great) and place the corn.
2. Grill them till all the sides are charred. The smoked taste suits corn so well.
3. In the same Pan, place the vegetables.
4. Turn them after 1 minute and grill until done.
5. Meanwhile keep the corn standing and while holding on top, run the knife on its edges thereby removing the corn.
6. Repeat for the second ear of corn.
7. Now add the corn, grilled vegetables (chop them further into small pieces if required) together along with the cooked beans.
8. Prepare the vinaigrette and give it a whisk
9. Pour it on the corn mixture along with mint leaves (for that freshness). Give it a toss.
Chill it for at least 1 hour (best is overnight chilling) for the flavors to mix and serve. Yummy, easy, filling and extremely nutritious. Grilled Corn and Black bean salad

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By Heidi on Jul 15, 2014

Does only 1/2 cup of beans total (along with the other ingredients) really serve 4 people? Also, I tried cooking these beans after I loved them at a local restaurant, but wasn't happy with how they turned out. Can you share how you cooked yours after soaking overnight?

By Gail on Jul 10, 2009

Sounds really good. Question: 1/4 WHAT each of black and mayocoba beans? cup? pound? Hi Gail, its 1/4 cup. Have updated the post accordingly..thanks :)

By Kevin on May 28, 2009

Beans and corn make a nice salad and this one looks really good!

By karuna on May 26, 2009

wowow, loved the pics. they look sooo good. and roasted, yummmyyyy

By Pavani on May 26, 2009

Love grilled veggies and your salad looks perfect.

By Happy Cook on May 26, 2009

I have never had this beans, and that salade looks so delicous. I think i am going to come and live with you to get more healthy eating habbits :-) :) You should! I would love to have you over

By CurryLeaf on May 26, 2009

Lovely Salad.I have never ever seen or heard mayocaba.Thanks for introducing me to it.The salad sure is a protein powerhouse.If possible send it to MLLA. Yeah...Its not commonly used by many ppl - may be except the spanish ppl..Thanks for letting me know about MLLA - will do that

By Parita on May 26, 2009

Thats delicious looking salad !!!

By Nags on May 25, 2009

The corn looks so fresh!!

By prathibha on May 25, 2009

That looks so yummy...

By Kalai on May 25, 2009

You're right, Dhivi... That is definitely some beautiful corn you got! The salad looks simply awesome!

By kanchana on May 25, 2009

Pictures look gorgeous girl!

By Siri on May 25, 2009

One word - Yummy & Delectable.. ok, its two..:)