You can serve it up with a big bowl of salty chips (like these homemade tortilla chips!) or spoon it over tacos or serve it up on its own as a light vegetarian main course.
It's also a great side for grilled chicken or fish, or can be added to mixed greens to bulk them up a bit. I've even stirred this into corn chowder or other light summer soups.
It's incredibly versatile and a universal crowdpleaser. Bring a big bowl of it to your next party, and watch it disappear as you rake in all the compliments.
Note that while you can definitely make and serve this right away, I think the trick that makes it SO good is to let it chill in the fridge for a couple hours so that the flavors all have a chance to get to know each other.
Give it a quick toss just before serving and it'll be good to go.
You can also feel free to improvise a bit--add grilled zucchini, roasted peppers, or switch up the spices as desired.
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Corn and Black Bean Salsa Salad
2 cups cooked corn kernels (fresh or frozen & thawed both work!)
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 large red onion, diced
1 large jalapeño pepper, finely diced
1 red bell pepper diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked spanish paprika OR chili powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice and zest from 1 large lime
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well to combine. Season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to overnight before serving.