Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad -Summer Bean Salad

Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad is a delicious way to take advantage of fresh local corn. This is a southwestern inspired salad with chilli powder, lime, & cilantro.

Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad in a wooden bowl

Shucking Corn

Shucking corn isn’t difficult, but it can be tedious (and messy). Solution: the microwave. Check out this great corn shucking hack: Easiest-Ever Way to Shuck Corn. I tried it, and yes, it works.

Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad

Grilling Corn

Grilling is an easy way to cook corn on the cob. And grilling the corn adds a delicious char and nice smoky flavour to this southwestern inspired salad. Corn can be cooked on the grill directly, without the husk or in the husk. Grilling the corn in the husk will result in perfectly steamed corn, which is delicious. However, the direct grill method is best for this recipe.

I like to throw a couple of extra cobs on when we are grilling corn for a different meal, so I have grilled corn on hand to make this salad.

Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad


Eat More Beans

Beans are a superfood and I’m a fan.  I find, though, that over the summer months we don’t eat them as much. So using them in a salad is a way to keep beans in our diet. Because they are high in protein and fibre, beans are a great choice for a hearty salad like this grilled corn & black bean recipe.  For more ways to enjoy beans, check out Cajun Red Beans & RiceTequila Chicken Chili, or Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans.

Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad

Bean Salads Keep Well So You can Make ahead

You can keep leftover corn &  bean salad overnight in the fridge and it will be even better tomorrow, so it’s great to make ahead. This hearty salad works well for a side dish and even as a meal in itself. It’s great for potlucks and picnics, too.



Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad

Grilled Corn, Black Beans and tomatoes are dressed up with Southwestern flavours for a delicious summer side, or meal in itself. Perfect for picnics and potlucks.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 29 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Canadian, Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 236 kcal


  • Grill


  • 2 ears fresh corn broken in half (breaking them makes it easier to remove the kernels later)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved, or one medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tbsp diced red onion
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro


  • Heat grill to medium high.
  • Brush corn halves all over with oil.
  • Grill corn, covered, turning occasionally, about 12 minutes. Allow to cool.
  • Put beans, tomatoes, pepper and onion in a bowl and combine.
  • Make the dressing by whisking together olive oil, lime juice, chilli powder, salt, pepper and cilantro.
  • Cut corn kernels from cobs by standing them, flat side down, on a cutting board, and use a sharp knife to slice downward, removing the kernels.
  • Add corn to salad, toss with the dressing, and serve.


Salad can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge.


Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 1029mgPotassium: 636mgFiber: 10gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1870IUVitamin C: 52.9mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 3mg
Keyword bean salad, black beans, corn salad, grilled corn, southwest salad
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11 thoughts on “Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad -Summer Bean Salad

  1. I love love love grilled corn and this looks like the perfect way to mow it down! This seems quite similar to one of my fave corn and bean salads, but I’ve never grilled the corn before adding it. And now, I MUST.

  2. I want to eat this salad right now, it looks so good! Love the freshness of it with the seasonal corn and cilantro. MMmmm! yum!

  3. Southwest salad is one of my favourite as I can’t get enough black beans, but fresh corn? That really makes it shine.

  4. Colleen, I should be in bed, it’s midnight, but instead I am browsing through your blog. Looks delish as always and very seasonal. My kind of food.

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