I like this salad because it's super versatile. It's great as a side salad, with lots of flavor to stand up as its own dish. It also works as a dip/salsa - if you want to go this route, you could serve as is or add a couple more tomatoes. Although we didn't use it this way, I think this recipe would also be great as a component of another dish - for example, a topper for chicken or stuffed in a quesadilla or taco with cheese. Any way you serve it, this summer salad is quick to pull together and perfect for a hot day when you want to keep the stove off.
Black Bean-Corn Salad (adapted from Chili Cheese Fries, original recipe here)
1-1/2 cups cooked black beans
1 cup fresh corn, cut from the cob, steamed briefly if tough (may not be needed)
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 small tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 mild (or one spicy) jalapeno chiles, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
A generous drizzle of olive oil
Mix everything together, taste, and adjust ingredients as needed.