TEX-MEX THREE BEAN SALAD WITH GRILLED CORN & AVOCADO

Looking for that perfect side dish to serve with your summer BBQ? I think I’ve found one for you that is quick and easy to prepare, and won’t spoil when left out in the heat for a while. I just love all the colors in this and it reminds me of another dish called “Cowboy Caviar”. Tortilla chips are a staple in our house and I’m always looking for something new to eat with them so I think I will have to give it a try! A special THANK YOU to Dianna Muscari of The Kitchen Prep blog for sharing her recipe with us!

Now let’s dive right in and learn more details about this recipe!

Do you ever find yourself making the same mistakes over and over again? For example, trying out new recipes or cooking techniques the day or night before {or of} an event that you are expected to show up with something that didn’t look like it took an accidental trip through the garbage disposal?

No? Oh. Might just be me.

No matter how many times I find myself up in the wee hours of the morning re-frosting a cake that went awry or putting a whole new batch of something in the oven, it never does stop me from winging a project I’ve never tried before out of sheer excitement.. {For the record, most times I do redeem myself… at the buzzer.}

Perhaps it’s the adrenaline rush of getting things done last minute. {But, for real, couldn’t I just go skydiving or something instead?}

Today was no different. For weeks I’ve been thinking about what I’d make for the 4th of July barbecue we were invited to. I wanted to bring something fun and creative. Something patriotic. Something different!

For today, I’m going to give you a recipe that you CAN actually make last minute. It’s sort of hard to screw up. It’s quite tasty. It won’t spoil outside on a hot summer day. I’d say that {and the fact that it didn’t explode, burn, or spill} makes it a winner.

In a large bowl, place all drained beans. Set aside.

Lightly coat onion slices, ears of corn, and jalapeno pepper with olive oil. On an outdoor grill {or a grill pan or cast iron skillet on medium-high heat}, grill onions, corn, and jalapeno, turning until lightly charred in places, about 6-8 minutes.

{If you are using a cast iron skillet, which is what I used, you may want to scrape the kernels off the cob before cooking to ensure kernel contact with the pan for better charring.} Remove from grill {or skillet}.

Scrape kernels from corn cobs. Chop onion. Seed and chop jalapeno. Add to bowl with bean mixture. Add tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and salt to taste. Combine well.

Top with diced avocado.”

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Hi! I’m Dianna. I live with my husband {Steve}, my baby boy {Cole} and my yellow lab {Farley} in sunny South Florida where it’s ice cream-eating weather almost all year long. In 2011, I started The Kitchen Prep {the title inspired by the preppy Palm Beach fashions of my style icon, Lilly Pulitzer} as a hobby while I figured out what to do with myself after leaving a career as an elementary school teacher. I always loved writing and food, so the combination just seemed like a natural fit. In 2014 I officially traded in standardized testing for recipe testing, and I’ve never looked back!

Photo Credits go to Dianna Muscari

Written by Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller, aka "The Treasure Coast Foodie" and "The Foodie Guy" is big on organic everything and very particular about his butter. He has reviewed over 150+ local restaurants in the last 5 years and is invited by Disney to review the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival every year. His food photos are devoured by 10's of thousands monthly on The Treasure Coast Foodie website and as a Google Maps Local Guide, his photos have been viewed over 20 million+ times. His foodie tribe is over 14,000+ people right here in Vero Beach and his VIP Foodie Dining Experiences are some of the Top Culinary experiences in Indian River County and beyond.