This simple and healthy salad is a great side dish for many meals. Feel free to add different vegetables or spices to make the recipe your own. Try using fresh corn when it’s in season.

  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 15-oz cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (can also use yellow, orange or red peppers)
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 4-oz jar pimentos
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ cup oil and vinegar salad dressing mix, with spices if desired
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir gently until combined. Chill until served.

Makes 12 servings


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