This Mexican Three Bean Salad is quick, easy and the perfect make-ahead bean salad to serve at dinner parties and potlucks. This protein-rich Three Bean Salad is loaded with Mexican flavors and always a favorite!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Keyword Mexican Three Bean Salad, Three Bean Salad Recipe
1/4teaspoonancho chili powder(or any other chili powder)
extra chopped cilantro(optional)
TO PREPARE THE CORN
METHOD #1: On a Cast Iron Skillet or Regular Skillet (frozen corn)
Heat a 10 inch cast iron skillet over medium hot heat. When hot, add the corn kernels in a single layer and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Stir and cook until the corn is charred. You may have to repeat this process until all the corn is nicely charred.
METHOD #2: On a grill (on the cob)
Shuck and clean the corn. You don't have to worry about removing every piece of silk as it will burn on the grill. Heat your grill to medium hot. Place the corn directly on the grill. Grill turning occasionally for about 10 minutes or until charred and cooked through.
Defrost the corn and use it as is.
To Make the Citrus Vinaigrette
In a small bowl whisk together the oil, lime juice, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, minced garlic, ground cumin, salt, pepper and chili powder and cilantro. You can also put all the ingredients in a lidded jar and shake!
Assemble the Salad
In a large bowl combine the corn, beans, bell pepper, onions and jalapeño (if using).
Pour the Vinaigrette over the beans and vegetables. Mix well to combine. At this point, you can serve it (just fold in the chopped avocado gently), or you can refrigerate for a few hours. The flavors will develop as the salad sits. Just add the avocado before serving.
Taste and adjust seasoning. Garnish with extra chopped cilantro, if desired.
If making the salad ahead, do not add the avocado until you are ready to serve.