Balsamic Corn and Black Bean Salad - Healthy Recipe

This is the best summer salad.  I love it because it is vegetarian, light and healthy. It is the perfect dish for a potluck or picnic.

Balsamic Corn and Black Bean Salad

8 oz whole wheat rotini noodles
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups black beans, rehydrated, drained and rinsed
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups sweet corn kernels
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 ripe avocado
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Step 1:  Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. While pasta cooks, in a small bowl whisk together vinegar, garlic, oil, salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.  Drain pasta and rinse briefly under cold water.

Step 2: In a large bowl put the pasta, beans, corn, tomatoes, green onions, chives and cilantro.  Toss gently.  pour dressing over pasta mixture and toss again.

Step 3:  Drizzle a little lemon juice over the top and serve warm with a slice of avocado or refrigerate for an hour and serve cold.

Yield: six large servings.

Nutrition per serving: 346 calories, 13 grams fat, 11 grams protein, 50 grams carbohydrates and 10 grams fiber.  That's 7 Weight Watcher's Points per serving.


  1. OMG yum!! This looks so healthy and fresh ^_^

  2. Yum! This looks so good. Perfect for the changing season.

  3. I love this kind of food-- exactly the stuff I eat on a normal basis-- simple, healthy and yummy!

  4. Great dish...perfect for summer!

  5. Anonymous6/19/2010

    What a beautifully fresh and all around gorgeous looking salad. I am glad you posted this because I am in charge of making salad for our BBQ this afternoon and I am going to make this and knock everyones socks off! Thanks!

  6. Delicious! It's got all the important food groups in a bowl - this would be a perfect lunch for me, all by itself :)

  7. Mmm... this looks like a yummy combination! I love eating things and feeling like I did my body good!


  8. We love pasta salad in our house. Your version looks like it has a great range of tastes and texture, while giving a good hit of protein with the black beans.

  9. Looks lovely. We really enjoy pasta salads. You might like this one, made with a caramelized onion vinaigrette.

  10. Saw your profile on Food buzz. Look forward to following your wonderful blog here. Love the corn salad.

    Be Well...

  11. Yum, I don't normally care for pasta salad, but the sweet tartness of the balsamic sounds so good to me right now. I'm going try this. I need cold food, since it's so hot here right now.
    Thanks Foy!

  12. Looks yummy! I like healthy salad recipes, thanks for sharing this one!

  13. Ok, in spite of the fact that this looks amazingly healthy and good for me, it also looks very yummy! :)

  14. This looks fantastic. The balsamic is a nice surprise in this otherwise Tex-Mex salad!

  15. Very healthy and sounds delicious. Can't go wrong with corn and black beans

  16. Yum! This has all of my summer favorites in it! I'm a sucker for pasta salad, but I always cheat and use a store-bought dressing. I really need to suck it up and just buy the vinegar.

  17. That looks fantastic. I could lock myself in a room in the summer and eat sweet corn until, well forever~