It’s a beautiful time of year here in Arizona. The temperatures are near perfect in the 80’s and the nights cool off into the 50’s and 60’s. Everything is in bloom around here, so there is actually color and not just the usual brown. Yes friends, spring is definitely my favorite time of year. Sadly though, it is short lived, typically only lasting a couple months before the dreaded heat sets in. However, while it lasts some of my favorite ways to enjoy it are gardening, hiking, bike rides, leisurely walks, and eating meals out on our patio.
This past weekend I enjoyed making this delicious and fresh black bean and corn salad. The weather was warm so I opened all my windows and got to work chopping all the bright colored and flavorful vegetables.
This salad uses a wonderful combination of tomatoes, onion corn, poblano chiles, a jalapeno, cilantro, and cucumbers. Black beans are added to the salad giving it great flavor, protein, and a beautiful contrasting color. The dressing for the salad is a simple light vinaigrette. It uses grapeseed oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, and some kosher salt.
This salad would be a perfect addition to serve at your next barbecue. You could serve it as a side dish or even serve it with tortilla chips and treat it as a salsa. Because it has the black beans, it can even hold it’s own a light main dish for lunch or dinner. I hope you enjoy this salad and your wonderful springtime weather as much as I am! What is your favorite time of year and what is your favorite way to enjoy it?