Spice Up Your Cookout with Thai Black Bean Salad

Still trying to decide what to serve alongside the main dish of your backyard barbeque? Make this delicious black bean salad! Black beans are very nutritious and refreshing on a hot summer day, and provide the perfect complement to traditional barbecue fare. This dish is vegetarian-friendly and can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
Thai Black Bean Salad Recipe
Spice up your cookout with this healthy Thai black bean salad recipe:

  • 1 can of corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • 2 tbs. sesame oil
  • 1 tbs. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. ginger root, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
To make this easy black bean salad, grab a large bowl and mix the corn, beans, onions, celery, peppers, and cilantro. To prepare the dressing, combine the ginger, oil, vinegar, lime juice, ginger, salt, and garlic in another bowl. One hour before you plan to serve the salad, pour the dressing over the vegetables and mix well. If you do not plan to use the salad at once, separate some of each mixture and refrigerate them. If you like spicy food, feel free to mix the jalapeno in as well. This will add a tasty kick to your salad. Just be conscious of how much you add because your guests might not love fiery foods as much as you do! Finally, refrigerate your black beans salad until it is ready to be served.

Don’t forget: if you have extra, pack it back in fridge and save it for later! Black bean salad makes a great addition to other salads, and it can also be consumed on its own.
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