I’m writing this on the eve of what is to be a record-breaking heatwave tomorrow here in the Seattle area. Temperatures are expected to hit the triple digits. Now we’re all regretting we complained about the previous nine months of constant rain. As I’m bracing myself to cook food all day for a client in a house with no air conditioning and the oven and stove going at full tilt, I’m thankful to the awesome neighbor who moved and sold me a stellar Weber Genesis grill for $40. I thought it was a typo. Lucky for me, it was not. I have labelled 2017, “The Summer of Grill.” She’s a beauty and has been keeping me inspired to char and sear my way to quick dinners on the back deck in lieu of cranking the gas stove inside.
This next recipe is courtesy of that inspiration and I’ve been enjoying it all summer. It’s quickly become one of my favorites because it has many of the crisp and colorful flavors you can find right now in the grocery store or, if you’re lucky, your local farmer’s market or your own backyard garden. Bright cherry tomatoes, crunchy sugar snap peas, grilled corn and scallions and a simple can of black beans along with a few choice seasonings make this a fresh, bright and super healthy salad. Pair it with your grilled steaks or kebabs and you’ve got a fantastic and memorable meal.
As I’ve said before, a salad with lettuce is just rabbit food, but this black bean, grilled corn, sugar snap pea and cherry tomato salad is one for the record books, just like tomorrow’s temperatures. Break out the sunscreen and flip flops. Summer is definitely here to stay a while.
Ingredients Instructions Notes Don't have a grill? No worries, use the corn and scallions raw or place under the broiler for a few minutes.
Don't have a grill? No worries, use the corn and scallions raw or place under the broiler for a few minutes.