I don't even know what to call this salad (is it salad? it is salsa?) It's like Texas Caviar, except it isn't.  California Caviar? It has things like beans and it is served in a salad size bowl and we always eat it at our annual summer couples bunco.  So Bunco Bean Salad is it's current working title and I am going with it.  It is either that or I-Want-To-Marry-Cilantro-Salad.  Because I do.

It doesn't photograph well, it has a questionable name, most dudes won't touch it, but I cannot not stop eating it.  It screams school is almost over and picnics and happy times and kids napping so I can sit in a corner eating and eating and calling it my precious.

(Makes enough to serve a crowd)

2 cans corn, drained
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped fine
3 ripe avocados, diced

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup salsa (I use Pace medium)
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Combine all salad ingredients except avocados.
Whisk all dressing ingredients together
Pour dressing over salad
Chill until ready to serve
Add avocados right before serving

Serve with tortilla chips, or just eat with a big old spoon.


  1. I'm an Okie but we call it Texas caviar. :)

  2. gimme gimme gimme.
    i'm a little sad my husband likes it, because i have to share.
    din din tomorrow night has been decided!

  3. we make something very similar to this and love love love it! even my 15 month old will eat. it. up.

  4. Costco sells frozen corn in big bags... and they have a ROASTED version like Mexican street vending food. That could totally up your street cred!

  5. Brilliant. My hubby won't touch beans or cilantro so I won't have to share. I see this in my very near future. Thanks, Julie!

  6. "and kids napping so I can sit in a corner eating and eating and calling it my precious...."

    HAHAHAHAHA. i love you julie, you always make me laugh. and i've had something very similar to this but it had miracle whip as part of the dressing and not olive oil or balsamic vinegar. can't wait to try it.

  7. I could eat this everyday of my life and be just fine. Maybe because I want to marry cilantro too

  8. I made this tonight to go with dinner (crockpot chicken fajitas). Oh dear goodness this is goooooood. Also, my husband was obsessed with Supertones when we were in high school, and it makes him giddy to think that I've gotten so many awesome recipes from you.

  9. Yum!

    Btw- Cilantro and I have been happily married for years.

  10. Made this and had some left over...mixed it with chopped chicken and cheese and made quesadillas...amazing!!

  11. I live in Uganda, and it's hard to find ingredients for most recipes. But I actually found everything for this very easily, and my family loved it (with homemade chips because there are no packaged tortilla chips here.) Thank you for posting.

  12. I made this for a Monday night small group gathering. Than I made it again today for my 4th of July celebration. There was a girl at both of those activities who said she didn't bring texas caviar to the 4th because she was hoping I'd bring this again. Thanks for posting! I am a big fan of this recipe!