Black Bean Salad (a late Meatless Monday recipe)

This meatless dish from Food Network is high protein and taste! You could even add some pepper Jack cheese for an extra zing.

Ingredients (4-6 servings):

For the Dressing:

  • 1 small clove garlic
  • Pinch salt, plus 2 teaspoons
  • Juice 1 1/2 limes (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the Salad:

  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (from about 2 ears)
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small hass avocado, halved, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, leaves and stems

Directions:

Make the dressing:

  1. Smash the garlic clove, sprinkle with a pinch of the salt, and, with the flat side of a large knife, mash and smear the mixture to a coarse paste.
  2. Whisk the garlic paste, lime juice, salt and chili powder together in a bowl.
  3. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream.

For the salad:

  1. Cook the corn, bell pepper, and onions in the olive oil until beginning to brown over medium-high heat in a skillet. Toss in the black beans and cook until warm.
  2. Add the dressing and toss to coat evenly. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  3. Remove from the heat and gently fold in the tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro.
  4. Serve and enjoy!