The best thing about watching the kids play baseball four nights a week is that we’re outside watching baseball. The worst thing is that we have a very small window to get home, ready for baseball, and eat dinner. The eating dinner part of this is particularly tricky because it needs to be ready, quick to eat, and something everyone will eat because there’s no time for dilly-dallying at the dinner table while we have an EAT YOUR DINNER SHOWDOWN. Last night I made a cold salad that I considered to be the ultimate meal – a base that everyone would enjoy, hidden protein, and lots of extra toppings to meet the needs of the picky palates at my table. A cold salad featuring corn (everybody’s favorite), black beans, and tomatoes topped with a light honey-lime dressing. The dressing is really nice, a little sweet and kind of tangy; it has the kid friendliness of French dressing with the added benefit of not being French dressing. As I pulled out the bowls and encouraged everyone to DISH UP and ENJOY, I started to hear the words I dreaded most.
I hate black beans.
Are the tomatoes already mixed in?
Is there anything else?
Why isn’t this a pot pie?
Using the words that I knew their baseball coaches would later in the night, I told them to HUSTLE and GET GOING and NOT EVERYTHING IS A POT PIE (okay, no baseball coach is likely to say this, but they could because it is totally true). I loved the dish, adding radishes and Sriracha to mine. Martin said that it was edible, and liked the dressing even though the tomatoes contaminated the rest of his food. And Sophie begged me to never to make it again.
15.5 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
12 oz bag corn, steamed, rinsed, and drained
2 roma tomatoes, diced
2 T. lime juice
2 T. olive oil
1 T. honey
Salt and pepper to taste
Thinly sliced radishes
Sliced green onions
In a large bowl, mix together black beans through salt and pepper. Stir well to combine. For best flavor, refrigerate for an hour before serving.
As is, this makes a nice side dish. Add avocado, cilantro, radishes, green onions, or jalapenos if desired. If serving as a main dish, serve in a bowl, over lettuce, in tortillas, or with corn chips. Top with salsa or sriracha for extra kick.
Estimated Calories: 138 cal/serving
Print it: Corn, Tomato and Black Bean Salad