This is not just any Black Bean and Corn Salad recipe, this black bean salad is sure to tantalize your tastebuds with it's lipsmackingly delicious Pichuberry Vinaigrette. This salad comes together easily and is perfect when entertaining a crowd. Sure to impress a crowd, I promise. Vegan. Gluten-Free.
This recipe has been updated with new content on Jun 25th 2019.
Black Bean Corn Salad is a refreshing salad recipe packing with the nutrition of black beans, colorful veggies and lots of flavors. Pair it with this delicious pichuberry aka golden berry aka physalis vinaigrette. It makes a perfect size or sometimes a dip with some chips or even a party appetizer. Nothing beats the fresh juicy flavors of this black bean corn avocado salad, specially this time of the year.
Why you will love this Black Bean and Corn Salad?
It's lip smackingly delicious. Try it to believe it.
It comes together easily. Just throw in the ingredients and the dressing and your done.
It's a great salad to put on the table when entertaining, it's cheap and easy to make.
What sets this salad apart is the dressing. The Pichuberry Vinaigrette, you can read all about it below.
How to make a delicious Black Bean Corn Avocado Salad?
No fancy ingredients here, although the dressing might sound fancy, trust me it's easy peasy.
Black beans - Bean lovers, raise your hands. If you have been following The Belly Rules The Mind, you will know that we love to use beans in our recipes. Beans are prized for their high protein and fiber content, especially black beans. We like to pressure cook dry beans from scratch as it's so much better and economical when you do that. Minus all the sodium, preservatives and they taste so much better. Learn how easy it is to pressure cook dry beans from scratch. However you can also use canned beans if you don't get around pressure cooking your black beans. More black bean recipes here.
Corn - We love how corn adds the perfect textures and flavors to this black bean salad recipe. The sweet corn kernels add the perfect creamy texture in every bite. More corn recipes here.
Avocado - What better way to enjoy the goodness of this nutrient dense fruit than throw it into a salad. Avocados are sodium-, cholesterol- and sugar-free per serving compared to some of the processed foods available. So keep calm, it’s good fat. More avocado recipes here.
Onions - I know not everyone is a fan of raw onions, but there is something about a Mexican salad recipe that one just doesn't omit the onions. We like to use the sweet purple onions for this recipe. I love onions so much not sure how I would survive without it when cooking.
Tomatoes - No salad is complete with tomatoes, isn't it? Tomatoes definitely add in the sweetness, tanginess and the juiciness to any salad. So to balance the sweetness and the tang, we chose cherry tomatoes for this recipe. If you don;t have them handy, just throw in the tomatoes you have. More recipes using tomatoes, here.
Cilantro - Oh we love Cilantro, it totally enhances the flavors of any recipe you add it to. If you haven't tried our Coconut Cilantro Rice, I'd highly recommend, it's a hit always.
Pichuberry Vinaigrette - The star ingredient of this recipe, is the Pichuberry Dressing!!!
What are Pichuberries aka Golden Berries aka Gooseberries aka Physalis?
Heard of Pichuberries before? These golden orange berries are a Peruvian superfruit, that are the size and shape of a grape tomato. They are also known as gooseberries, golden berries or even physalis.
Pichuberries are packed with sweet and tart flavors and powerful nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin P, and the B-complex vitamins B1, B6, and B12. Although sweet, Pichuberries have a low glycemic index of 25 and are a powerhouse of antioxidants.
By eating only 3 ounces of this power fruit, you’ll meet 37 percent of your daily required vitamin A, 13 percent of your required niacin, 18 percent of your recommended vitamin C, and 39 percent of your vitamin D requirement. (Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.)
Where can I find Golden Berries aka Pichuberries?
Here in Germany, Golden Berries are easily available in the super market, farmers market or we can pick our own. So here I use fresh gooseberries to make this Vinaigrette. However back in the US, I used to buy them from my local Walmart in the form of Pichuberry Puree. It is available in the Frozen Berry section, where you buy frozen fruit for smoothies etc. This Pichuberry Puree is 100% natural, without any sugars of flavor enhancers. How good is that?
I love how versatile these golden berries are. No only do they taste delicious, but it's like adding a nutrition punch to anything you want, be it smoothies, berry bowls, yogurts, muffin mixes, milks or juices. My favorite is the Pichuberry Vinaigrette.
How to make a delicious Golden Berries / Pichuberry Vinaigrette?
Like I mentioned this is the star of the recipe and it totally enhances the flavors of this Black Bean and Corn Salad. Once you manage to get fresh / frozen Pichuberries all you need to do is throw in some EVOO, Black Pepper, and fresh lemon juice into the blender, give it a blitz and the dressing for the black bean corn salad is ready. Yay, simple see!!!
Black Bean Corn Salad Recipe
Guys making this salad is very easy. You just need to figure out if you want to used home cooked beans or canned beans and source the goooseberries, either fresh or the frozen kit shown above. Once you have these two things in place, the rest is easy. I chop the ingredients, onions, tomatoes, avocados, cilantro. You could even throw in some colored peppers and jalapenos if you have them handy. Since Little A can't tolerate a lot of spice, I skip the Jalapenos when I know he is going to consume this salad too.
Making the dressing is literally throwing in the pichuberries, lemon juice, olive oil black pepper and giving it a blitz.
Mix the two together and cool the salad before serving.
What to Serve this Salad with?
Honestly I enjoy it as is or as a salsa too. Makes a perfect side with any Mexican dish.
Can I Meal Prep this salad?
Yes, absolutely!!! if I know I am prepping for a party or just want to meal prep for the week. I just chop all the ingredients except for onions and cook the beans and keep it all handy in a pyrex container. I throw in the chopped onions, just before serving as if you refrigerate this salad with onions, it will leave the onions odor in your refrigerator.
For the Salad
- 1 cup black beans, cooked
- 1 cup organic corn, cooked
- ½ cup red onions, chopped
- 5 grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 5 cilantro stems
For the Pichuberry / Golden Berry Vinaigrette
- 2 packets Pichuberry Puree, thawed or ½ cup of fresh golden berries
- 3 tbsp EVOO
- 1 tsp black pepper
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
How to Pressure Cook Black Beans
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How to make Pichuberry / Golden Berry Vinaigrette
You can either use fresh pichuberries / golden berries/ gooseberries or physalis. Or you can use the frozen kit shown above.
If using the frozen kit, thaw the frozen Pichuberry puree.
In a blender, toss in the puree, olive oil, black pepper, fresh lemon juice and salt.
Give it a blitz in your blender. If you find the dressing too tart for your taste then add a sweetner like maple syrup or monk fruit to customize the taste you like.
Putting the salad together
In a bowl toss in the chopped ingredients for the salad, like onions, tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, peppers, jalapenos and pour the dressing over just before serving.
Serve it cold.
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