It’s definitely summer in Kansas City!  The humidity has arrived, the sun is shining and the grills are fired up!  I love all of the fresh vegetables that are available all over.  The bright colors and flavors make me happy!

I’m sure you have many gatherings, parties and cookouts on your calendar already so let me introduce you to a quick, simple salsa recipe to take along with you.  It’s super affordable, very healthy and it really just tastes like summer!

This recipe came from my lovely sister.  She loves corn.  And it fits so well in this dish.  The sweetness compliments the spicy of the jalapenos and Ro-Tel and it’s really easy to substitute ingredients that you like.  Her recipe actually calls for 1/2 cup of Italian dressing rather than what I used below.  I started to make the dish and realized that I didn’t have any so I just whipped up my own dressing.  I also added the cilantro to my recipe; she didn’t use it in hers.

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Corn and Black Bean Salsa Recipe

Yield: Approx. 2 cups

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

Salsa:
1 can sweet corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can Ro-Tel, drained
1 Tbs. cilantro, chopped
1-2 green onions, chopped
1-2 jalapenos, finely chopped (more or less depending on taste)

Dressing:
1/4 cup canola oil
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. salt (more or less to taste)
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Drain corn, beans and Ro-Tel and allow to strain in a colander for a couple of minutes.

Meanwhile, mix dressing ingredients together, whisk to combine and set aside.

Combine corn, beans, Ro-Tel, cilantro green onions and jalapenos in a large bowl, stir dressing in and adjust seasonings to taste. Feel free to add more or less of any ingredients to satisfy your tastes. Great served with tortilla chips but also very yummy on tacos and burritos!

Cassie’s Tip:
You don’t have to drain the cans of veggies – I just prefer my salsa to be less-runny. You could very easily use fresh vs. canned ingredients here too. Ro-Tel is basically diced tomatoes and green chilies and fresh corn would be wonderful.