Easy Vegan High Protein Black Bean Salad with Corn
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If you’re looking for a hearty salad that is as great the next day as it is today, then this tasty black bean and corn salad is perfect for you!
I know you’re going to love this black bean salad recipe as it’s such an easy salad to make.
It’s full of fresh ingredients (and you could really go to town and make it your own here) and the best thing is that there’s no cooking involved – unless you class boiling a kettle as cooking?
Some of my favorite recipes are ones that you throw together in 10 minutes and can even be meal prepped for an entire week.
If you’re looking for new recipes like this you can find 70 vegetarian recipes here.
Mexican food fans, this one is for you! This simple recipe has definitely got those vibes, making it the perfect lunch or hearty side dish to any summer BBQ!
So, what’s in this black bean salad with corn I hear you cry, well let’s find out!
What makes my black bean corn salad so amazing?
Of course, it all comes down to the fresh foods that make up the salad ingredients. Get ready to tickle your taste buds with this vegan feast.
First of all, let’s start with the main players,
In this simple salad, I’m adding in black beans, but you could also use red kidney beans if you wanted to, they work just as well!
It wouldn’t be the best corn salad recipe without corn kernels. Now you could take fresh corn straight off the cob or you could use canned corn there isn’t much in it.
Next are the onions, I went for red onion and spring onion. I think they both add a unique flavor to the dish and a nice bit of crunch.
Garlic is also in there for another flavor hit, although you can leave it out if you’re going to breathe all over your colleagues afterward!
If you like some heat you’ll appreciate the chili flakes but how much you add is up to you.
There is also cumin and paprika in there so you know this salad is just going to be a flavor sensation!
Any good hearty salad has a grain to bulk it out. I chose couscous because it has a lovely light and fluffy texture so it isn’t going to be too stodgy on those warm summer days.
But I also think quinoa works just as well.
To finish the recipe off we can’t forget the staple ingredients to a lot of meals, vegetable stock, lemon or lime juice, and olive oil.
How many calories are in this corn salad?
This perfect summer side dish has 495 calories and 21 grams of protein, making it a great lunch option on those workout days.
Overall these are the nutritional facts for my corn salad with black beans:
There has to be only good that can come from eating fresh wholesome ingredients like the ones in this salad.
I love a salad on a warm day, but the key health benefits for me are coming from the beans.
Beans are a great source of fiber and protein for vegetarians and vegans alike, and protein is so important to your diet. It helps keep you feeling full, so you won’t be tempted to snack in between meals.
This can be especially helpful if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain.
Protein can also help to build muscle so if you have a daily protein goal to hit, adding it to every meal is the way forward.
To help you out with more protein-packed meals I recommend downloading my free 7-day vegetarian high-protein meal plan to get you started.
Then you can move on to the weekly vegetarian high protein plan if you want more regular ideas.
How to make black bean salad?
Time needed: 10 minutes
It really is super simple to make this salad.
- Prep time
Take a big bowl, add the couscous, and top with the veg stock so it’s just covering the grains. Cover the bowl with a cloth and set aside for five minutes.
Chop the onions and garlic, then after five minutes, you can throw in the corn, black beans, cumin, paprika, and chili flakes, and top with a zesty dressing of olive oil and lemon juice.
Give it all a big mix and terminado!
Black bean corn salad FAQs
No question is too corny for me! (Sorry I couldn’t help it)
You can easily store this Mexican meal in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days. You can eat it at room temperature no problem, or you can eat it warm if you want to.
This makes a great side salad any time of year but it would especially work well at a BBQ or cookout.
You could pair it with a variety of other salads or you could simply eat it with some crusty bread.
You could simply make a big batch of this salad to eat throughout the week. It’s a great make-ahead or meal-prep idea.
Black beans are high in fiber, vitamin B6, and folate, they’re also low in cholesterol so it makes them a great ingredient to help support heart health.
(Or another question you love to ask Google is “Why am I still pooping corn?”)
If you ever wondered why corn looks the same on the way out as it did on the way in that’s because corn doesn’t get digested by the body.
It is high in cellulose which is an insoluble fiber therefore it doesn’t break down as it passes through! (who needed to know that today? I’m not sure I did!)
You may ask the question, why eat corn if my body doesn’t digest it?
Well even though it doesn’t break down, the body can still extract the nutrients and corn is high in vitamin C as well as antioxidants that help protect cells from cancer. So it’s a good little veg to eat!
There are lots of ways you could jazz up your bean salad ideas.
- Different veg: Why not throw in some red bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, or even some creamy avocado.
- Different toppings: Try some fresh cilantro, tortilla chips or why not a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce just to spice things up?
- Different grains: I mentioned quinoa earlier, but you could also try it with rice if you fancy – maybe go with brown rice if you want to keep it extra healthy.
More recipes like this
For more recipes why not try:
- 1 can black beans (or kidney beans, 1 can = 15.5 oz = 435g, or 250g drained)
- ½ can sweet corn (1 can = 1.75 cups/ 15oz)
- 1 red onion
- 2 spring onions
- ⅓ cup instant couscous (get the ‘just add water’ variety for quickest results. If you have it/like it then quinoa can also be used here)
- ½ cup vegetable broth
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 lemon (juiced)
- 2 tsp cumin, ground
- 2 tsp paprika powder
- 2 tsp chili flakes (less can be more, so scale down if you don’t want it with much of a kick)
- 1 clove garlic (chopped; dried is fine too)
- 1 tbsp raisins
- Prepare the vegetable broth with boiling water. Then pour it over the couscous in a large bowl. Don’t put too much water in – the ideal water level should be just enough to cover the couscous. You can always add more as needed – it’s much harder to take away excess water again.½ cup vegetable broth, ⅓ cup instant couscous
- Chop the spring and red onions into thin half slices.2 spring onions, 1 red onion
- Chop the garlic (if you’re having it).1 clove garlic
- Drain and rinse the beans and corn.1 can black beans, ½ can sweet corn
- After 5 about five minutes the couscous should be ready, so throw in the chopped onions, beans and corn.
- Add the olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, paprika powder, chili flakes, optional raisins and give it all good mix.2 tsp olive oil, 1 lemon, 2 tsp cumin, ground, 2 tsp paprika powder, 2 tsp chili flakes, 1 tbsp raisins
So let’s all wish for warmer weather so we can all enjoy this easy Mediterranean-ish salad at a flippin’ good barbie.
It is definitely on my top salads especially if I’m looking for something filling after a good workout.
Do you prefer to eat it as a meal or a side dish?