An End-of Summer Bean Salad & 8 Ways It'll Save Dinnertime

September 12, 2016

With vinegar-brined beans and roasted corn, you could eat this salad alone. But because both star ingredients keep for days, it's also just the right launchpad for a week of end-of-summer meals.

Here are a few ways to enjoy Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salad all week long.

Chili: Simmer tomato sauce with vegetable stock and loads of spices like cumin, paprika, and a bay leaf. Add the black bean salad, and you have a quick chili. Rice, meat, vegetables, and other grains can bulk up the chili through the week.

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Soup: Warm some vegetable broth, simmer with the black bean salad until it's warmed through—and there's dinner.

Sandwich: Yes, you can make a sandwich out of a salad. Gently mash the salad, until it loosely binds together. Spoon it onto a piece of bread for a tartine, or make it into a sandwich with greens, grilled chicken, and/or roasted peppers.

Grilled Salmon: Brush a beautiful fillet of salmon with a marinade of olive oil, crushed garlic, lemon peel, and thyme. Lightly grill and top with the black bean salad.

Black Bean Rancheros: Fry an egg and place on a warm tortilla with salsa and avocado. Top with a heaping spoonful of the black bean salad.

Grilled Avocado Halves: Oil, season, and grill pitted avocado halves—they're so different than cold avocado. Fill the hallow center with the black bean salad.

Quinoa Salad: Prepare a batch of quinoa and toss together with the black bean salad. Sprinkle feta or creamy goat cheese on top.

Nachos Bowl: Pile the black bean salad high, along with cheese, lettuce, salsa, and your protein of choice (chicken, ground beef, ground turkey) on a bed of crunchy tortilla chips.

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