Black Bean, Corn and Mango Salad



I am blessed to have a husband that doesn't mind grocery shopping, especially since I HATE grocery shopping! Instead, I scour the weekly ads and coupons and meticulously write out the grocery list with detailed instructions of what brand to buy, what to get if that brand isn't available, how many, etc.....


Apparently, last week my penmanship was less than perfect because instead of a jar of mayonnaise, or "mayo" my beloved came home from shopping with a beautiful MANGO. No sandwiches this week.


The unexpected ingredient was actually a welcome treat since I recently saw a recipe for Thai Green Mango Salad that I really wanted try. Ramya of The Mistress Of Spices is one of my favorite food bloggers.She and her husband recently moved to Thailand, but her cooking influence includes India, France and America, her catalog of recipes are mostly vegetarian, and always tempting!


I still want to make that salad, but while browsing her site, I found this other salad that I thought would be perfect to serve with our grilled salmon, Black Bean Corn and Mango Salad. There are a lot of flavors going on in this salad......it was Mark's suggestion to add the fresh strawberries, it worked quite well!






Black Bean, Corn and Mango Salad
Adapted from The Mistress Of Spices  serves 4

1 tbsp. olive or canola oil
1 cup corn kernels (fresh, canned or frozen)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans*, rinsed and drained
1/2 roasted or fresh red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 red onion, diced
1 large, ripe mango, chopped

5 large fresh strawberries, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Serrano chili de-seeded and finely diced 

Juice of one lime
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. salt 

Spray a large nonstick pan with cooking spray or heat the oil in the pan. Add the corn (undrained if from a can) and stir well. Pan-roast until the corn begins to blacken in spots, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure that it doesn't stick. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

While the corn is cooking, mix the beans, bell pepper (any color bell pepper will work), onion strawberries and mango in a large bowl. Once the corn has cooled down to room temperature, add it to the bowl.

Add the lime juice, cilantro, salt, cumin and chili and mix well. Adjust seasonings to taste.



*We also added a handful of garbanzo beans for more fiber

13 comments:

  1. That is so funny that he came home with a mango! I do most of our grocery shopping. Wish my husband would make a very specific list like this. Grocery shopping is stressful. I end up calling my husband at least 5 times.

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    1. Laura, I usually still get a few calls per grocery trip, but it's OK, it's kind of like we are shopping together!

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  2. I love a good mango salsa - this one looks particularly tasty! Sometimes grocery/cooking mistakes can turn into some pretty fantastic meals.

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    1. Oh, I've made my share of mistakes..... = )

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  3. What a colorful salad! Makes me wish for warmer weather (I love salads in the summer but I definitely need hot/warm food in the winter).

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  4. Hi Tiffany!

    interessting flavoures u packed into your salad. Unluckily I ll have to wait till may when the mangos are dropping down from our trees. thanks for sharing! =)

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    1. Helene, You are so lucky to have local mango trees! That is one thing we don't have too many of around here, BUT we are lucky to have avocados and citrus everywhere!

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  5. Sounds like the mango payed off! I absolutely love grocery shopping, I might be kind of a freak but I could stay in a grocery store for hours haha

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    1. @Jenny, I might like grocery stores better if they served wine that you could sip while shopping.... hey, that's an idea.....lol, thanks for your comment!

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    2. Miss Tiff,
      A friend of mine recently moved to Austin, TX (the Whole Foods Headquarters), and she said there you can shop while drinking wine or beer! That might be a deadly combo though. :)

      PS> Love that your hubs came home with a mango. :)

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  6. I just happen to have all these ingredients on hand... hope my mango is still good! I think this just might be dinner tonight!! THanks!

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  7. So glad that you made this! What a great idea to add strawberries too (though tough for me to do here since berries in general are so expensive in Thailand). We are the same by the way - I make the grocery list, my hubby shops - much better that way! And thanks for the kind words about my site, I love yours as well!

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