This simple side salad is perfect as a side salad, appetizer, lunch, or to take with you to a pot luck meal. One of the most common ways we use this? Add it to a burrito. We add this salad with some rice and my chipotle spread or dressing inside of a tortilla and it makes a fantastic dinner. Maybe some potatoes on the side, and you have a full and filling meal.
Directions for how to make this salad SOS-free follow the recipe below. I have also included a variety of swaps and alternatives.
Refeshing Citrus Ginger Black Bean and Corn Salad
- Chop the tomatoes and cucumbers and allow them to drain by placing them in a colendar over a bowl (or use your favorite method to dry these ingredients).
- While these are draining, add all of the dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk well to combine thoroughly.
- Add all of the salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl, including the tomatoes and cucumbers, and gently toss to mix.
- Add the dressing to the salad bowl and gently toss.
- Optional: Season salad with salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes (in photo).
Changes and swaps
Jicama would be an excellent addition to this salad, or you could swap the cucumber with it. Marinate it in some of the dressing in advance for a more flavorful result.
Mix some jalapaneos with your bell peppers for a spicy version.
Add a mixture of a variety of bean types for more visual interest.
Use a higher ratio of beans for a more filling salad. This also works well if you plan to fill a burrito with it.
If you want to heat your burrito, swap out the lettuce cucumber for more beans, peppers, jicama, or marinated radish.
You can swap the miso paste for tamari, soy sauce, sea salt, or omit altogether.
You can swap the orange juice with apple sauce, apple butter, or another citrus of your choice. You may need to adjust the amount of sweetener to compensate.
For SOS free way of eating
To make this salad salt, sugar and sodium (SOS) free:
- Omit the maple syrup, adding more orange juice if desired. Another alternative would be to add some stevia leaves to the orange juice. Heat briefly to release the sweetness from the leaves into the juice.
- Omit the miso paste, adding a bit of extra ginger.
- If using canned corn or beans, make sure that there is no added sodium.
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