Black Bean Salad {Summer Salad Series}

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Today’s salad in the Summer Salad Series is from Jen of Migonis Home. I LOVE this Black Bean Salad, because it wears a lot of hats (or should I say, sombreros?).  It can be a salad, a side dish or a dip for chips! Please welcome Jen, and when you are finished making this tasty salad, go check out her beautiful home in Massachusetts. You won’t recognize the “befores” once you see the “afters”!


Hello fabulous Making Lemonade readers! I’m Jen from Migonis Home. Usually you’ll find me blogging about renovating and decorating our Cape style home in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA and sometimes you’ll find recipes from my adventures in the kitchen (I love to bake… and this is why I run. :)). I’d love for you to pop over to Migonis Home and say “hi”!



Last summer I discovered this amazing black bean salad that my mother-in-law created. It was so delicious and it’s perfect served with grilled chicken or steak (or even just tortilla chips!). Here is what you need:


1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, thoroughly rinsed, and drained (or 1 1/2 cup of freshly cooked black beans)
1 1/2 cups frozen corn, defrosted (or fresh corn, parboiled, drained and cooled)

1/2 cup chopped green onions or shallots

2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced, or 1 whole pickled jalapeno pepper, minced (not seeded)

3 fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks

1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

2 Tbsp lime juice (about the amount of juice from one lime)

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 to 1 teaspoon of sugar (to taste)

Salt and pepper to taste



1 In a large bowl, combine the beans, corn, onions, jalapeno chile peppers, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, basil, lime juice and olive oil.

2 Add sugar and salt and pepper to taste. (The sugar will help balance the acidity from the tomatoes and lime juice.) Chill before serving; it’ll taste so much better!
Yield: Serves 6 to 8.

I hope you love this salad as much as we do… my husband can eat it straight out of the bowl. 🙂 Come over to Migonis Home and visit… sit down with some coffee and persue our Home Tour, read the Story of Us or check out more recipes.

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