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Southwestern Salad Recipe with corn and black beans served in a glass serving bowl with a side of cumin lime honey vinaigrette and cotija cheese

Southwestern Salad with Corn and Black Beans

Southwestern Salad Recipe with black beans and corn ... and so much more. A beautiful combination of greens and vegetables with a feisty honey lime vinaigrette.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southwestern Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 166kcal


  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice about 1 large lime
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce or artisan salad greens, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper orange or red, chopped
  • ½ medium sweet onion halved and then sliced in to half-rings
  • ½ small Jicama peeled and cut into match sticks
  • 1 small zucchini small chopped
  • 10 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup sweet corn thawed from frozen, or cut off the cob.
  • 1 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 4 whole radish thin sliced
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • Tortilla strips, jalapeno rings and Mexican crumbling cheese for garnish I purchase tortilla strips from the grocery store


  • For the dressing, combine lime juice, honey, cumin garlic powder, salt and olive oil in a large mason jar. Shake vigorously to combine ingredients. Set aside.
  • For the salad, place corn, two ears at a time, in the microwave and cook for 3 1/2 minutes.
  • Remove from microwave with a hot pad and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • After cooling, cut bottom end of corn off, about 1 1/2 inches from end. Pull back husk and silks (almost all of the silk should easily pull away). Cut kernels from husks and set aside.
  • Combine corn and other salad ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add dressing and stir to coat all ingredients. Garnish with cilantro leaves, if desired.
  • Serve with tortilla strips on top or place a bowl on the side and let guests help themselves.


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1025IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg