Roasted Corn and Black Bean Summer Salad

Summer is in the air! I want to run carelessly in the fields, stroll leisurely down the beach, spend endless hours at the food market and sip drinks with lemons and limes and…. Oh wait-my 6 month old just woke up and my 3 yr old is now throwing a tantrum because he can’t find his favorite car. Oh never-mind, maybe I can do those things next summer! In the meantime I will just enjoy fresh dishes like my roasted corn and black bean salad to make it “feel” like summer. The Fourth of July is just days away and this simple salad is perfect for those outdoor festivities. It can be served as a side or an appetizer and would surely be welcomed as a nice condiment rolled up with grilled chicken or seafood in a warm tortilla. Regardless,  it will be the hit of the party.

Enough of my rambling. There is no shortage of corn and black bean salads out there in food blog land but I had to give you my own because I personally find my own rendition absolutely amazing with my extra additions of basil, cider vinegar, lime, jalapeno juice (not jalapenos) and orange zest. The lime brings freshness, the jalapeno brings heat and the orange brings  a bite of sweet and tanginess ( I don’t think that is a word but so be it) and the cider well its just so special you can’t miss that nice bite it gives to the kernels of corn.  My favorite part is the roasted kernels of corn. There is no better way to eat fresh corn than having it roast away incorporating that nice smokiness and slight char to the kernels. You can by all means use frozen kernels but roasting them is the way to go! Hope you will try this at home and if anything allow yourself to “feel” summer!

Corn and Black Bean Summer Salad
I love the flavor of roasted corn in my salad so I typically either grill or roast an extra 2 corn on the cobs when we are grilling out and freeze the kernels until I need to use them in a salad. I just heat them up on the stove. You may also use frozen kernels from a bag and just cook according to the package directions.
  • 2 cups roasted corn kernels off the cob or 2 cups of frozen corn kernels, cooked
  • 2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained and cooked
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp jalapeno juice (or more if you like it hot:))
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest
  • ½ tsp each of kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • ⅓ cup basil leaves, finely chopped
  • dash of hot sauce- optional
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together both vinegars, olive oil, lime juice,orange zest, jalapeno juice,hot sauce and salt and pepper. Add beans, corn, onion and basil and toss until just incorporated. Cover and chill for about 2 hours.



  1. Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    Thanks for sharing your refreshing take on corn and black bean salad Jessica. I’m 100% about the flavor combo for the juices…well done! :_0

    1. kbelleicious

      So glad you said 100 percent or else I would have had to make it for u so you could see how awesome it is:) lol!

  2. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    I love corn and black bean salad too. Your version sounds extra special.

  3. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I love the flavor of roasted corn, nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn.

    1. kbelleicious

      I agree indeed. Every summer I shucked corn with my mom and every summer if I don’t have my share of corn dishes it just doesn’t feel right:)

  4. Asmita

    This looks fantastic!

  5. Allison @ Alli 'n Son

    I love the addition of the orange juice, a little sweet with the spicy. I have a bunch of basil to use, I just may have to whip up a batch of this.

  6. Baker Street

    Corn and black bean salad is my favorite!! Love that you added orange juice and your pictures are just amazing, Jess!

    1. kbelleicious

      Blushing bc I think the same about ur pics!

  7. Charles

    Enjoy the 4th of July – your salad looks delicious – simple, easy and so colourful. Perfect for hot days! 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks Charles! Hope you had a great 4th yourself!

  8. Joanne

    I love a good fresh-flavored salad like this. Corn always reminds me of summer!

    1. kbelleicious

      Me too Joanne! Hope ur having a good summer!

  9. Eva Taylor

    What a lovely colourful salad and I love your take with the seasonings, quite unique indeed, Jessica.

    1. kbelleicious

      Eva- u would love it! Yes indeed! The jalapeño juice and orange zest add a whole new dimension to the salad!

  10. Kristy

    This is beautiful and delicious. It would be an instant hit with my kids (and me). I’m definitely going to be putting this one together this summer. Maybe even tomorrow! 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks kristy! Hope you and the kids had a great holiday! I cam just see those beautiful kids having fun and making something patriotic for the fourth!

  11. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    We love anything corn… this salad looks healthy and it’s a great side dish for any cuisine! Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family Jessica!

    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks Nami! Same to you! Been away from the computer but can’t wait to see ur latest!

  12. Bree

    I can relate to that morning! This looks delicious Jessica!

    1. kbelleicious

      Ha! This morning or every morning? Lol!

  13. Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

    Jessica, I really love corn. Grilled corn is my fav and corn salads are the perfect summer dish. I love the jalapeno juice in this. Looks delicious!

    1. kbelleicious

      Donna- the juice is perfection in this dish! I know u would love it. We both seen to like some “kick” in our dishes:)

  14. Roz

    I am SO glad to read this post today! We just bought 2 dozen ears of corn and have only eaten 9, leaving so many left and I don’t want them to lose their sweetness. You’re right there is a plethora of recipes out there for corn and black beans and without a doubt in MY mind, yours will be best. I’m going to make this tomorrow on the 4th! I’ll grill the corn due to the heatwave that is still here! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh roz I can’t wait to hear if you tried it and liked it! I think it’s a very special mix if flavors. Hoping you and your family had a great holiday! Will be by your place to see what yummy food you had cooked up for the family!

      1. Roz

        Hi Jessica,
        I made this salad for the 4th and could NOT stop eating it straight out of the bowl. The roasted corn was so super sweet! I made 2 different versions since it’s just my husband and me and so I had quite a bit to keep half for your version and the other half with a few more ingredients. Both just super yummy! Thank you SO MUCH! Hope you had a great 4th too!

        1. Kitchen Belleicious

          oh that just made my day! thank you so much for trying it and letting me know the outcome! i love hearing from ya’ll about my recipes. I do have to say I am loving your version of the salad and must try it that way next time

  15. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate

    This looks delicious! Corn and black bean salad is a staple for me during the summer. Such a great mix of flavor and a great potential source of fiber. Yum!

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh yes! There is definitely fiber in here! Black beans are one of my favorite sources of fiber! So good to hear from you!

  16. yummychunklet

    What a delicious summery salad! The corn looks amazing.

    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks girl! Hope y’all had a great 4th!

  17. Lena

    love the colours of your corn salad and the flavours sound so special! oh, you;re going to wait till next summer to go to the beach and run in the field? just tag the children along..or better still, you invite me to your house, make me this salad and i’ll babysit the kids for you!

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh I am liking that second offer- the one were u watch the kids. Heck I will make u this salad and more if u do that! Lol!

  18. sonia

    Lovely summer salad and amazing colors ! I loved this bean salad, it seems to be full of flavors. Nothing better than having a bowl of fresh salad. I hope you are having a great time with the kids 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      Sonia! I am having a great little vaca this week for the fourth and the kids are doing great! Thanks for thinking of us. So glad u stopped by! Will be by your place soon to see what u got in store for us this week.

  19. kitchen flavours

    I love corn salad! Such a sunny looking salad, appetizer? I could just eat a whole bowl of it myself!

    1. kbelleicious

      Yes it’s tempting not to keep it all to yourself. The jalapeño juice and orange zest really make it extra special. Hope you had a great 4th!

  20. kankana

    not much of a bean person but corn .. oh yeah 🙂 These days corns tastes like candies.. loving it!

  21. Blond Duck

    Totally craving this!

  22. Young Wifey

    Corn and black beans are a dynamite combination. Although this recipe reminds me of one my dad makes in early fall (with some roasted red peppers in it).

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      roasted red peppers! now that is genius- i must try that next time!

  23. Malli

    What a refreshing bowl of salad or cool corn salsa!! Perfect for this weather with the scorching heat outside this is sure to cool us down…

  24. Roz

    Jessica, thanks for your kind comment today! I just wanted to let you know that if you do in fact make the cilantro vinaigrette that I found (not my recipe), keep in mind that it was a bit on the tart side for us, so we added some sugar at the end. I think that truthfully, it can be improved somehow or that there might be a better recipe out there in cyber-space. I just wanted to try it and ended up using it sparingly on the side and not mixed in. have a super weekend!

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      I will definitely remember that Roz. Cilantro type dressings can be tricky because of the oil to cilantro ratio (from experience) so might try a different recipe or tweak that one a bit but either way I will let you know how it goes! thanks again

  25. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Such a pleasant and delicious salad. Love how summery and colourful it looks!

  26. daphne

    olala! What a fresh summery salad. Love how salads are not just lettuce leaves don’t u think!! I love light meals like this.

  27. vianney

    this screams summer ~ delish!

  28. Jessica

    I love corn and black bean salad! Fresh corn is just one of those ingredients that is a must in the summer. Great recipe Jessica!

  29. Jane Kirn

    YUM, I made a variation of this last week, but much spicier. I did not think of using on tortillas or chips. Nice cool one, thank you.

  30. Velva

    I have been on the hunt for a good roasted corn and black bean salad…Looks like I do not need to go any further.


  31. Kiran @

    Time surely flew when the junior was born. It’s already 6 months now. Wow 🙂

    Hope your summer continues to be more delicious as this salad 🙂

  32. Jo

    A friend of mine makes this and puts avocado in it…this recipe sounds yummy, too. I will definitely have to try this one! Thanks! I am blogging more at these days. Come by and see me. 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      i was wondering where your other blog went! Well be by later to stop in!

  33. Kanan

    salad looks so colorful and perfect for summer.

  34. foodfashionandflow

    This looks so colorful and healthy. I love roasted corn. This looks like it would be amazing with tortilla chips. Your photos are making me want to whip this up and have some tortilla chips.

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