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  • Makes 8 cups

Imagine munching on this colorful grilled corn salad on a hot summer day when you’re craving something light, refreshing, and full of flavor. The smoky corn kernels are mixed with hearty black beans, tangy red onion, crunchy bell pepper, and creamy avocado to create the perfect Mexican-inspired medley. But be prepared for the heat: Chili powder infuses the salad with smoky spice, and minced jalapeños in the dressing add fiery pockets of flavor to the veggie jumble. Lime juice, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard lend a cooling touch that helps balance out the flavor profile of this tasty salad. If you want to bring it to a picnic or any make-ahead scenario, wait to add the avocado until just before serving.

For more grilled corn recipes, check out these tasty ideas:


  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 8 ears fresh sweet corn, husks and silks removed
  • 2 15-oz. cans no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained (3 cups)
  • ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 fresh jalapeño chile, seeded and minced
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon lime juice and the chili powder. Brush over corn. Grill corn, covered, over medium 8 to 10 minutes or until corn is tender and browned in places, turning occasionally. Cool corn 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Cut corn off cobs.
  2. In a large bowl combine corn kernels and the next four ingredients (through avocado). In a small bowl whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, the mustard, maple syrup, and 2 tablespoons water. Stir in jalapeño. Drizzle over corn mixture; toss to coat. Season with salt and black pepper. Sprinkle with cilantro.

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Nancy Macklin, RDN

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.

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