Well, it mostly paid off, because even though I was up 3 separate times to LMNO last night (seriously, can we really discuss the concept of preggo diapers??) I woke up pretty ready to go this morning. Then I looked outside. Yikes. What a rainy day. Now usually, I'm a big fan of dancing in the rain....but Greg and I are going to a retirement party today for a couple of my favorite Polish cousins, so I hope it clears up soon! They're going with a N'Awlins themed par-tay, which means the food and music will be Cajun- can't wait to see whats served up!
In order to help out, I was enlisted to bring an appetizer, so I dug out the ole NOLA charm (okay, not really) and came up with this simple summer salad.....
Beans n Corn NOLA style (serves 12)
2 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups corn (I used frozen, canned would work as well)
2 cups chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp minced cilantro
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp black pepper
Easiest salad ever- mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir, stir stir. Stick it in the fridge for at least 12 hours to develop flavor throughout.
I'm not embarrassed to say that I *may* have given this the spoon test over my eggs this morning. And it passed with flying colors - perfect for a summer picnic. No need to heat, easy to serve, and stays stable outside for a few hours. Plus...did I mention the ease of "cooking"? Win, win win. Now if we could only get some of that summer sunshine out.....but hey, you can't have it all :-) NOLA pics comin' tomorrow!
Do you have a go-to summer picnic salad?