Written by Kristen of Dine and Dish.
It’s the time of year for neighborhood parties, impromptu driveway get togethers or back on the deck wine chats with friends. Friends and neighbors are officially out of hibernation from the long winter days and gathering together, outside, is once again on everyone’s minds. It is this time of year when I make certain to have a repertoire of quick and easy appetizer recipes on hand, as you never know when a quick “hello” with someone might turn into a late night evening of friends and fellowship.
Two of my favorite ingredients to use in the spring and summer are corn and black beans. With these two ingredients on hand, the possibilities for quick and easy snacks are endless. You can make Black Bean Burritos, Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas, Black Bean Dip, Sweet Corn Relish, and more! Most of the recipes can be whipped up in a matter of minutes, so you won’t miss out on any of the outdoor social time.
One recipe I serve time and time again this time of year is this one for Black Bean and Corn Salsa. I love it because it is great served both hot and cold. The creamy, sweet base gives those who take a taste a bit of surprise, but they always come back for more. Made with a combination of a creamy cole slaw sauce and black beans and corn, this recipe is perfect for lingering over conversation with good friends.
Summer snacks don’t have to be complicated or take a large amount of time to prepare. With the right ingredients on hand, you can be ready for entertaining any time a friend drops in.
Photo by Kristen Doyle of Dine & Dish
|Creamy Black Bean and Corn Salsa||
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained and cooked according to label directions
- 1 cup sweet corn kernels, cooked
- 2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh red bell pepper
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve with pita or corn tortilla chips.
- Salsa may be served warm or may be stored in the refrigerator and served chilled.
What are your favorite ingredients to have on hand for quick to whip up appetizers?