Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Black Bean and Corn Salad

This side dish is absolutely delicious!  It is so perfect along with grilled meat, we had it with some chipotle pork chops, and it was so good!  We ate it warm this time, but I am excited to eat it again tomorrow because I think it will be even better!  I never would have thought to put snow peas in a salad like this, but they add that crunch that it definitely needs....yum!  This recipe is from Guy Fieri on the show Guy's Big Bite.  The original recipe can be found here.

Black Bean and Corn Salad

4 ears corn, husks removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced red bell pepper
3/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup snow peas, julienned
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
(I also added the zest of 1 lime and the juice of 1/2 a lime)
Preheat the grill to medium.

Grill the corn until lightly charred, about 2 minutes, turning frequently. Transfer the corn to a cutting board and using a serrated knife remove the kernels. Set aside.

In a medium saute pan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, then the red bell pepper and the red onion. Saute for 3 minutes, then add the vinegar, beans and corn and saute for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and the snow peas and saute for 1 minute more. Remove from the heat to a serving bowl and season with salt and pepper. (Stir in lime zest and juice just before serving, if desired)  Serve warm or cold.
*if serving cold, I would wait until the salad has cooled before adding snow peas...that way they will stay nice and crunchy.

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