Warm Black Bean and Corn Salad

Looking for a fun and yummy summer salad? Look no further because I’ve gotcha covered with my Warm Black Bean and Corn Salad.

HI! It’s been a while since I’ve popped on here and shared an *actual* recipe. I don’t really have a good reason for that other than busy + lazy = not a good combo. You know?

Anyway, things are slowing down in the back half of this week. I had an exam this morning and am not working again until Saturday. Woo! So, I’m taking it easy: I went for a training run earlier, am going to [solidcore] tonight, and I’m seeing Midland with my friend Frankie tomorrow. SO EXCITED! But you don’t care about that. You’re here for the Warm Black Bean and Corn Salad, aren’t you? I knew it.

I was at Trader Joe’s the other day just doin’ my thing and getting my groceries. If you’ve been to TJ’s before, you know that they usually have product samples at the back of the store. On this particular day, my store was sampling their Black Bean and Corn Salad. I’ve seen this product in their freezers before but I’ve never picked it up for one reason or another.

I gave the product a try and OMG. It was so good. I was like, “Matt, let’s get this.” And he said no because we can make it at home. Groan. But whatever, I made it at home. Like, 10 minutes before sharing this post. So, Matt hasn’t had a chance to try it yet because he’s at work. Sucka.

There are 8 ingredients in this recipe which, woah, daunting. But you likely have more than half of the ingredients already in your kitchen, right? Right. Other than that, you just need 15 minutes of your time and you’ve got an excellent side salad or dip for parties! Or be like me and use the salad as a hearty topping for your fajita bowls. Hell. Yes.

Black bean and corn salad

Warm Black Bean and Corn Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 can low-sodium organic black beans
  • 1 can low-sodium organic sweet corn, whole kernel
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • Cilantro, to taste
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Warm a pan over medium heat and add your cooking oil. Once hot, add your drained corn and drained black beans and "cook" for about 5 minutes. Make sure you mix frequently!

  2. While the corn is being warmed up, chop your onion and cilantro. In a large bowl, combine the onion, black beans, corn, cilantro, cotija cheese, juice your lime, and salt and pepper to taste. Top with additional cilantro and cotija if you wish!

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