This corn salad is simple to prepare, fresh and a healthy alternative to heavier salads.
If being gluten-free is important to you, you’ll be pleased to know this one is just that. swapping less nutrient dense food (white wheat products and other processed foods) for bean-rich dishes has been proven to have significant health benefits. They have been linked to reduce the risk of heart disease, various types of cancer and type 2 diabetes. On top of all that they help you to maintain a healthy weight.
Kidney beans are loaded with potassium and magnesium, they help keep blood pressure in check, while their high fiber content helps reduce bad LDL cholesterol, fighting off heart disease. Kidney beans are also rich in iron and protein, making them a great meat substitute for vegetarians.
The antioxidant activity in corn, helps protect the body from cancer and heart disease, is actually increased when corn is cooked. Truth: Sweet corn is loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that promote healthy vision. A midsize ear also offers a helpful 3-gram dose of dietary fiber.
Cherry tomatoes are miniature versions of traditional beefsteak tomatoes, but they are equally as nutritious. In addition to the 1.3 grams of protein, 1.8 grams of fiber and 20 milligrams of vitamin C in 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, you also get a healthy dose of other vitamins and minerals essential for good health.
- Cindy’s Kitchen Fresh Avocado Vinaigrette (find in produce at Harvest Market)
- Dark red kidney beans, 1 cup
- Whole kernel corn, 2 cups
- Red cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup
- Red onion, 1/2 cup
- Fresh cilantro
- Fresh lime
- Add 1 cup dark red kidney beans and 2 cups whole kernel corn to bowl.
- Finely chop 1/2 cup red onion.
- Halve 1/2 cup red cherry tomatoes
- Cube 1 fresh avocado, add all to kidney beans and corn mixture
- Finish with fresh cilantro for garnish and Cindy’s Kitchen Fresh Avocado Vinaigrette, gently toss and serve
- Fresh squeeze half lime (optional)
Recipe courtesy of Cindy’s Kitchen.
Make it a goal to source locally grown organic produce, organic pastured eggs, raw dairy products, oils, and grass-fed meats as much as possible.