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Potluck Stamp of Approval: Black Bean Salad


Many times a potluck requires themed food.  And what’s a more popular and festive theme than Mexican or Tex-Mex!  This is a great salad to prepare that is both vegan and gluten-free — so you don’t have to worry about any dietary needs people may have.  Plus it is very simple to make so you can make something from scratch instead of relying on the chips and salsa stand-by (though if you do want to go that route, make sure to try our Homemade Table Salsa!)

Black Bean Salad

  • 1 15 oz can black beans
  • 1 15 oz can corn
  • 1 small red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 Tbs of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1-2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (I used Tapatio)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Drain both black beans and corn and combine in a medium bowl.  Add chopped pepper, onion, and cilantro and stir to combine.

Add 1 to 2 Tbs of olive oil.  You want to make sure you don’t make the mixture to moist so only use what you think is needed.

Add hot sauce and lime juice.  Toss to combine.

Add cumin, as well as salt and pepper to taste.  Toss to combine.

Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving for ingredients to marinate together.  Stir once more and serve.

25 comments on “Potluck Stamp of Approval: Black Bean Salad

  1. Christine
    January 7, 2013

    Ooh, this sounds really good. I love black beans. And corn!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      January 7, 2013

      I know!! 🙂 This should have the headline “Chris Stamp of Approval” instead of “Potluck”…hehe 😉

  2. Jo
    January 7, 2013

    I’m sitting at my computer (after spending the morning doing bank reconciliations) at about 2 minutes until noon and am scrolling through your last 3 posts. Everthing looks delicious and now I’m starving. Thanks for the lovely recipes. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  3. Sarah
    January 7, 2013

    Looks delicious! I make a similar salad in summer & it’s always a potluck hit. I also sometimes add some quinoa to change it up.

  4. Cloches & Lavender
    January 7, 2013

    I love black beans, I eat them a lot. Great recipe thanks for sharing this.


  5. Home Seasons
    January 7, 2013

    We’re thinking this would be great as a hot dish, as well! Have you given it a try before?

  6. mmmarzipan
    January 7, 2013

    Looks fab! I love black beans! 🙂

  7. thingsmybellylikes
    January 7, 2013

    I adore potlucks…used to have loads of them when I lived in Glasgow with lots of similarly-minded foodie friends. This looks like a total winner! I am inviting myself to any future parties you may have 🙂

  8. thethingaboutjoan
    January 7, 2013

    I have a recipe that has similar ingredients that is served warm and it rocks! I never thought about making it cold, though. Now that’s two ways to love the black bean and corn combo that I crave — maybe over a load of romaine for a huge scrumptious salad? Thanks for sharing, Kenley!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      January 7, 2013

      I still have to try it warm! I have an appetizer idea that utilizes this as a base that I will be posting hopefully in a couple weeks after I make it for an upcoming event. But I love the idea of serving this over romaine! Sounds perfect! 🙂

  9. gentlestitches
    January 8, 2013

    I like all type of beans and chick peas. My fave foods

  10. petit4chocolatier
    January 8, 2013

    I love this!! Red pepper, corn and black beans sounds so good!!

  11. timewiththea
    January 8, 2013

    I have pinned this on Pinterest so I will know exactly where the recipe is so I can make it. This looks delicious! ~Thea

  12. gotasté
    January 9, 2013

    This is such a good combination. It can go with many dishes.

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