This is An Easy Wow!
Good and Good For You Black Bean Dip
Don’t let the “balsamic” throw you.
I realize there are balsamic lovers and then those that are not.
You can totally make this without adding the balsamic vinegar.
But if you’re a balsamic lover then you will be surprised how nicely balsamic vinegar pairs with the beans.
You never would’ve thought “black beans” and “balsamic vinegar”, but life is full of little surprises.
This is an easy throw-together for a last minute shindig, or just to keep on hand in your ‘frig to munch on throughout the week or to dress up other salads or dishes.
When I say “throw together”, I DO mean throw together.
No need to really measure.
Making food doesn’t have to be complicated!
Adjust as you see fit. Leave something out or add something in. Put in a little or put in a lot.
Here you go!
Thoroughly rinse a can of black beans and put into a medium-sized bowl.
Add a handful of frozen corn….no need to thaw it out. Time will do that.
Add some finely diced peppers…any color….whatever’s on hand….I’d say about 1/3 to 1/2 cup.
Finely dice some purple onion….again, about 1/3- 1/2 cup.
Now for the beautiful, green, fresh cilantro! Add about 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, or about a 1/3 of a “bunch”.
You need to pull off the leaves and chop those….don’t chop up the stems. They can be a little bitter and makes your dish a little less tasty.
Cilantro-chopping is a little tedious, but well worth the work!
Sprinkle in some garlic salt, pepper, and cumin.
Now drizzle some balsamic vinegar over all of it. I’d say about 1/4 cup.
Add about 3 Tablespoons lime juice or the equivalent of one lime squeezed.
This is not an exact science…which is how I like to cook.
Stir it all up and taste….add more of something if it needs it.
If you’re one of those anti-balsamic people, then don’t fret..just leave it out and go with just the lime juice.
If you want to go fancy-schmancy then add some chopped tomato and diced avocado. Keep in mind your avocado will go brown over time, so add that in at the last minute to keep it pretty.
Now you’re going to let it “marinate” for at least an hour, or multiple hours, or even overnight. No harm done. It is a great make-ahead dish (other than the avocado at the last minute).
Before serving, stir it all up again.
Serve with tortillas chips as a dip. It could also be an accompaniment to a burrito bowl, taco salad, or even a topper for chicken.
You’ve got options, people! That’s what makes this so great, and that “easy wow” I was talking about.
Here’s a printable below…