Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad, otherwise known as GET IN MY MOUTH NOW PLEASE!

Here’s something you may not know – Dave has lost about 30 pounds since February. I know, right? My already good looking husband looks AMAZING, and it’s all due to diet (mainly portion control) and exercise. He’s also started P90X a few weeks ago, and is already seeing results. (Meanwhile I’ve worked out once since having Sadie. I should probably do something about that. After I eat this ice cream.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

So now when I meal plan, I try to make sure that the meals are healthy, at least a majority of the time. Rachael Ray, who I decided will henceforth be known as RayRay on this blog, struck my fancy with her Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad. Thank god this woman has a magazine and cookbooks, because whenever her talk show comes on TV after Live! with Kelly, I immediately dive for the remote. That voice…ughh!

– 4 ears fresh corn, shucked
– 3 tablespoons EVOO
– 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (I used bottled)
– 2 teaspoons chili powder
– salt
– 2 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
– 1 bunch radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced (omitted)
– 3 scallions, thinly sliced
– 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
– 4 ounces queso fresco, crumbled (Could NOT find this at my grocery store, so I used feta)
– 1 avocado, thinly sliced (omitted… because I bought it too early and it went bad :()


1. Have your husband preheat the grill to medium because your BBQ scares you. Add the corn and grill until charred in spots, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely. (Husband does this entire part. You wait for the corn to be ready. Preferably with a drink in hand.)

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the EVOO, lime juice, chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using a large, sharp knife, carefully cut the corn kernels from the cobs and transfer to the bowl (if you’re like me, you make your husband do this part too, for fear of slicing off a finger). Add the beans, radishes, scallions and cilantro; toss well. Divide the salad among 4 plates; top with the queso and avocado.

I need to work on my food photography
This meal is awesome! SO EFFING GOOD. Even with the omitted avocado on my part, it was super tasty, and just spicy enough. It also makes a huge bowlful, so I ate this on repeat throughout the week. Also? Adding it to a bowlful of lettuce? Best idea EVER. Seriously delicious. This would probably also be great with chicken, if you wanted to add in a little meat to fortify it.



  1. I’ve made something quite similar and loved it as well. I add red pepper and chopped zucchini to mine and it’s delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. The looks delicious! Although I’m pretty much obsessed with anything that involves feta, so it’s definitely a winner for me.

  3. “Have your husband preheat the grill to medium because your BBQ scares you.” This made me actually laugh out loud. I love that it’s the first step in your directions, because it’s so true! This looks amazing, and if I try it out I’ll be going the exact same route you did with the BBQ.

    Also, I’m with you about worrying about food photography skills. I love sharing recipes but I dont have tons of placemats or fabric samples to pretty up my photos with, but I still love sharing them. Keep it up! It’s all about the tastiness anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love the comments you added in the directions. I stink at grilling (seriously), so I make Knight do all the grilling. It works.

    Congrats to Dave on the weight loss and working out! that’s great. I should take a page from his book, I think…

  5. yes, the grill is very scary.

    Jamie Deen (Paula Deen’s oldest son) has a new show on the Food Network and an episode just aired where he did a black bean and corn salad. However, he put the ears of corn in a skillet (no butter, no oil) turned up the HIGHEST point on the stove and kept turning the ears of corn every couple of minutes to get the blackened look. so if Dave isn’t around and you’re craving the salad, you can attempt to do this inside! here’s the recipe:


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