Black Bean and Corn Dip (Or Salad…or Salsa…)

by simplylife on May 11, 2012

I am all about the “extras” in a meal.

I will choose what to eat at a restaurant solely based on the sauce, side or topping the actual “meal” comes with.  If you can dip it, scoop it or pick it up with your fingers (because come on, aren’t all finger-foods just fun to eat?), there’s a good chance that I will like it.

Take this dish for example.  I’m not quite sure if it should be called a dip or salsa (or maybe even a salad?); but I do know that it’s filled with black beans, corn, red pepper and cilantro, and is the perfect appetizer to any fiesta.  The short and simple ingredient list gives you no excuse not to try this.

I’ve made this twice in the past month.  One time I kept the red pepper raw and the other time I roasted it first.  It’s delicious both ways.

Black Bean and Corn Dip (or Salad or Salsa…really whatever you want to call it)

by Simply Life

Keywords: raw appetizer side vegetarian vegan gluten-free beans


  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 red pepper (roasted, optional), chopped
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 scallion
  • 1 1/2 tbs. avocado oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, to taste
  • Lime juice from 1/2 lime


Mix all ingredients together. Let chill for at least 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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I mixed all the ingredients in this together with Avocado Oil sent to me courtesy of Olivado.  While avocado would be the perfect addition to this dish, the avocado oil added a perfectly subtle flavor to bring all the ingredients together.  This oil is mild and smooth and is perfect to use in raw dish like this or for cooking.  I’ve also added it as part of a salad dressing and really enjoyed the flavor it provided!

While I was sent the cold pressed Fair Trade Avocado Oil and and Avocado Zest to try from Olivado, they also sell various types of Olive Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil and more!  I had never heard of many of these oils until looking at their website and am so impressed at all they offer!  They sell their products all over the world; to see if they sell them near you, click here.

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~What part of a meal do you focus on most when ordering a dish?

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  • Gina (Candid RD)

    Great recipe! I can’t wait to start making summer salsas with GREAT summer tomatoes!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    Yum – I love salsas/dips like these full of fresh veggies. Perfect for snacking!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    I focus on how the meat or “main” is prepared. If it’s blackened, covered in buffalo sauce, or topped with avocado, I’m totally game.

    Omg… I just thought about all three of those things together at the same time…mmmm

    • Simply Life

      Haha, love that- I think you have your next meal- it does sound good together! 🙂

  • Colleen

    I would eat this in whatever identity it wanted to be – dip, salad, or salsa. 🙂 I think it looks awesome all ways!!! This would be great to bring to a potluck with some tortilla chips. YUM.

    • Simply Life

      Thanks exactly what I used it for…TWICE! 🙂

  • Belinda

    This definitely be anything – that’s what is so brilliant abut this!

  • itzyskitchen

    This makes me want to get out a bunch of veggies and tortilla chips for dipping! Yum. Something about black beans and corn together!

  • Rebecca

    Sweet corn is coming in season here and is on sale everywhere. This would be a great recipe for it!

  • Marissa

    Yum! I love this kind of chunky salad/salsa/dip – every bite is different!

  • Mom

    So colorful…so vibrant…so enticing looking that I would try it and you know that says a lot! Hmm, a meal…well, I like several different foods to eat with my entree, not just one. I like SIDES, A SIDE SALAD, A SIDE SOUP, A SIDE VEGGIE, OOH … FRESH FRUIT. yep, that’s what I like, and boy do I love it when I could look forward to a desert!!!

  • Bee

    Hehe is that frost I see on the corn? Looks great though! I think it’d also be a wonderfully fresh and flavorful addition to a taco or fajita!

    • Simply Life

      Haha, I wasn’t sure if anyone would notice that 😉 I made it in the morning before going to work- when afterwards I would be taking it to a potluck 🙂 So the corn was straight from bag out of the freezer and it was the perfect temperature when we actually served it 🙂

      • Bee


        I’m working on improving my food photography like a maniac (does that phrase even make sense? hah) so I think my eye is catching tiny things more often these days. My goal is to get SOMETHING on Food Gawker…

        Major props for waking up early enough to cook before work! I always plan on doing that in order to snag some natural light and end up hitting snooze five times instead. D’oh!

        • Simply Life

          I usually don’t but that’s the beauty of this meal- literally takes 5 minutes!

  • Nikki @ Life After Swimming

    That looks spectacular!

  • Colleen

    I love a good corn and black bean salsa. This looks like it would be good on just about anything.

  • eatingRD

    I love dishes like this, so easy and beautiful! I usually focus on the color and presentation 🙂

  • RebeccaSubbiah RD

    looks great no matter the name 😉

  • Kari

    I’m actually the opposite – I usually look past the dips / sauces / sides! However, an exception is in these sorts of dips and flavours as I love salsa in most forms. Your ingredients here look so nice and fresh!

  • love2dine

    These healthy recipes i must try…

  • Tessa@AmazingAsset

    Great dish… plenty of healthy ingredients of course and I love the colors! I focus on the sauce/seasoning that is being used… that can make all of the difference with some meat dishes!

  • Brittany

    Dip, salsa, salad..whatever you call this it looks amazing. I would eat it with a spoon, fork, chips, my hands..anything!! I loveee dessert..that is my main focus..after my nutritious portion of course.

  • Jolene (

    I totally focus on the sauce too!

  • Yummychunklet

    Yum! Dip or salsa, it looks delicious!

  • meri

    Mmm I love a good chunky salsa! Thanks for the recipe!

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