Try this twist on traditional salsa using sweet corn, flavorful black beans and a tangy lime and cilantro dressing.

Yield: 12 ½ cups (roughly 16 servings of ¾ cup each)

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Nutritional Highlights: In spite of its divisive nature – you either love or hate cilantro – it contains disease-fighting vitamin K and beta-carotene.

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Recipe From: My Indiana Home


  • 3 cups cooked, fresh sweet corn kernels (or 1 16-ounce bag frozen sweet corn kernels, thawed)
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ¾ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 ½ cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 very large red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, finely minced
  • 2 cups tomato, diced

Lime Cilantro Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup fresh lime juice
  • zest of 1 very large lime
  • 1 ½ tablespoons garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅔ cup cilantro, chopped



Tips & Notes

Two medium ears of corn yields about 1 to 1¼ cups corn kernels.



  1. Combine all salsa ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, cumin and salt in medium bowl. Stir in cilantro.
  3. Pour over vegetables and toss lightly to thoroughly coat all ingredients. Chill several hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers in covered container.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories – 239, Fat – 2.9g, Dietary Fiber – 9.8g, Protein – 13g, Vitamin C – 33%, Iron – 24%.

**Nutrition information is calculated using an online calorie calculator. Variations may exist. Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

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  1. Richard Stevens says:

    I tried this recipe with grilled corn on the cob instead of canned corn. It was wonderful!

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  4. Tessa Prenz says:

    Amazing salsa great for any occasion

  5. Dan says:

    This recipe is clearly adapted from Donna Hays Zesty Corn & Black Bean Salad. I think it’s disappointing that credit is not given where it is due.

    • judi says:

      If it’s adapted, it’s not exact. And there are a lot of recipes like this. So perhaps that’s why no credit was given. There wasn’t a need to.

  6. doug says:

    when printing, the font is soo small. font size option needed. i think i will enjoy the recipe.