Black Bean Salsa

This has become my new favorite snack in the summer! It is so refreshing and I love that I can use so many fresh veggies straight from the local farm or from my backyard. It has a little heat from the jalapeno, but you could always leave them out if you don’t want the spice. I have been eating it lately with tortilla chips – it would go great over grilled chicken!

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Black Bean and Corn Salsa – The Secret Recipe Club

Welcome to the August edition of The Secret Recipe Club! I was happy to see this month’s assignment hit my email! I have seen posts from Kathy at A Spoonful of Thyme since I joined the SRC. Kathy has created many unique recipes that I haven’t seen before, so it’s always fun to see what she’s been up to in the kitchen. I had a hard time narrowing down a recipe to pick from and I was thinking about her recipe for zucchini fritters, but then I came across this recipe for salsa. It was perfect since I had two ears of corn leftover from dinner the previous night and had a bunch of jalapenos that were ready to be picked.

The salsa is so fresh! I loved the combination of cilantro and jalapenos. It’s the perfect dish to bring to a summer party. I bought an extra can of black beans at the store so I can make this salsa again! Kathy thank you for this great recipe!

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 ears of corn, kernels removed from cob
2-3 firm tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 cup cilantro, minced
2 jalapenos, ribs and seeds removed, diced
1/2 small onion, diced
1/4 cup lime juice
salt 
fresh ground pepper
In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least two hours to allow flavor to develop. If desired, serve with diced avocados. 

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Today is my little guy’s second birthday! I can’t believe how quickly the last year went by…really, wasn’t he just born a couple months ago? We’re having a little family party tomorrow night – just grilling burgers and dogs and we’ll do something fun over the weekend.

I know lately I’ve been posting a lot of sweet treats and I was thinking about it and realized it’s because we’ve been grilling several times a week and I haven’t been making new recipes. I’m trying to change that in the next couple of weeks and with our garden doing really well, I’m planning to have new sides and salad recipes to share.

This recipe was super simple and had amazing flavor. I was a little heavy-handed with my limes, they were extra juicy,  but otherwise this avocado salsa was amazing! The spice mix used to marinate the salmon was perfect.

2 lbs wild Alaskan salmon, cut into 4 pieces
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
dash of cayenne pepper

Salsa
2 small avocados, cubed
1/2 small red onion, sliced
juice of 2 limes
1-2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
salt to taste

Mix together the dried spices in a small bowl. Run the salmon with the olive oil and then sprinkle and rub in the spice mix. Place the seasoned salmon in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat your grill. I used a grill pan since we were out of propane. Once the grill is ready, grill the salmon to your desired doneness. While the salmon is being grilled, make the salsa. Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate until ready to be used.

Top the grilled salmon with the salsa and enjoy!

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