Corn Black Bean Salad

Corn & Black Bean Summer Salad

This recipe was really inspired by the idea that I did not want to make another basic green salad AND I’ve been really craving elotes lately. Now don’t get me wrong, I really do love salad, but at some point it’s good to switch things up. So what do I come up with? A deconstructed elote with a few additions that can be eaten like a salad. Voila!

This corn & black bean summer salad is the perfect compliment to any barbecue, party, Taco Tuesday, you name it. It’s also incredibly easy to make You really don’t even have to own a grill. I’m constantly “grilling” my veggies on a flat cooktop, and get the same great flavor. Try it and let me know what you think!

Corn Black Bean Summer Salad

Perfect for summer barbecues to bring as a side dish!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Avocado, Black Bean, Cilantro, Corn, Lime, Queso Fresco
Servings: 4 People


Corn Black Bean Salad

  • 4 Large Ears Corn Grilled
  • 1/2 cup Black Beans
  • 1/2 medium Avocado cubed
  • 1/3 cup Queso Fresco *Cotija cheese would be delicious too!

Chili Lime Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Cumin
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 large Limes Juiced (about 2 tablespoons)


  • Cook corn on a grill for 15-20 minutes, until the corn is cooked through and there is plenty of browning and grill marks seen on the kernels (browning = flavor!)
  • Add sour cream, mayo, lime juice, and spices into a small bowl and whisk together, set aside
  • Add black beans, avocado, and cheese to a bowl. Dress with the avocado chili lime sauce, toss to coat, and top with cilantro


*If substituting Cotija cheese for queso fresco, use only a few tablespoons. This stuff packs a bigger flavor punch!

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