Fresh Corn & Black Bean Salad Recipe

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There is nothing quite like fresh corn on the cob eaten the same day it was picked.  The sweet delicious flavour screams summer.  It reminds me of summers as a kid.  I would always get so excited for corn on the cob.  Corn on the cob and peaches!  The truth is I still get just as excited, if not more.

Another thing I love about the end of summer is all the hot peppers on display at the market. They are absolutely beautiful.  So many different kinds and so many different colours.  Cayenne, chilli, habanero, jalapeño, cherry bomb just to name a few.  How much heat can you handle?

I used a fresh red chilli in this recipe. If you like it really hot feel free to crank it up a notch, but be careful.

I thought combining the sweetness of the fresh corn with the fire of the hot pepper would be good, especially when tied together with lime juice and cilantro.

This salad is incredibly simple and easy to make but comes through in a big way in the taste department.

Now what are you waiting for.  Go get some corn while it is still in season.  Grab a bunch of hot peppers while you are at.  I usually get enough to last me through the winter. Be sure to ask which ones dry the best.  Habaneros and cherry bombs are a little more sensitive to humidity and don’t dry as easily as say the chilli pepper for example.

Fresh Corn & Black Bean Salad

2 cups cooked black beans (540 ml can)
3 ears of fresh corn (approximately 2 cups)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbsp lime juice
1 fresh chilli pepper, finely chopped
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Put a big pot of water on to boil.

Remove the corn husks.  Put the corn in the boiling water and cook for 5-7 mins.

Remove from the water and let cool for a few minutes.

In a medium size mixing bowl combine the black beans, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.

Remove the corn from the cob by standing it vertically on a plate and running a knife from the top to bottom.  Do this several times around the cob until all the kernels are removed.

Add the corn to the bowl and mix everything together. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

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