Thursday, July 9, 2009

Black Bean and Corn Salad and a Candy Man

Church picnic time! Everyone brings a salad. Where do I turn to find my recipe? The Podleski sisters's Eat, Shrink and Be Merry of course (the original title being Kernel Austin). It's a really yummy, but different salad offering, a nice change.

1 tbsp olive oil
4 cups whole-kernel corn, canned or frozen (thaw first if using frozen)
1/2 cup minced red onions
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp each ground cumin and chili powder
1 cup quartered grape tomatoes or 1 cup diced red bell pepper (I used a little of both)
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1 tbsp hickory-flavored bbq sauce
1 tsp granulated sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add corn. Cook and stir until corn just begins to char (don't burn it!), about 8 minutes. Add onions, jalapeno, garlic, cumin and chili powder. Cook and stir 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
Transfer corn mixture to a large bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

This was a cute, edible craft the kids made at the picnic.

The body is a long skewer threaded with 3 large marshmallows. Put half a toothpick into each side of the body and thread a gummy worm on each for arms. A circle gummy completes it for the head. Some kids got really into it and added some gummy worms for feet and antenna too.


Heidi said...

I make a salad that is really great and very similar using black eyed peas. So colorful and beautiful!

Lissaloo said...

yum, I have been really enjoying the black bean and corn this summer. It's such a great combo :)

teresa said...

I've seen a lot of versions of this, but never with bbq sauce, yummy!

Monica H said...

What a cutie! so proud of his creation.

Ingrid said...

LOL, love the candy man your sweet boy made...very cute!

This salad sounds good. I'll have to hold the tomatoes and onions though. How much do you think it would effect the taste? I know a foodie that doesn't do either of those shouldn't a foodie. :(

Happy Friday!

Chow and Chatter said...

this salad sounds great and so good for summer, your lil guy is adorable

girlichef said...

Aw, adorable :D And the salad sounds really great!

Natashya said...

That does look good, perfect for BBQ season.

Selba said...

It looks a yummy salad!

Katherine Aucoin said...

This looks so wonderful! There's nothing in here I don't like!