A couple months ago I had a version of this dip and it blew me away. I’m not a huge bean person. I’ll take baked beans and black bean soup but thats about it. It’s unfortunate because beans are seriously good for you. Beans and lentils are the number one thing Americans should be increasing proportions of. Cultures that have beans as a staple in their diet have decreased incidence of heart disease and diabetes. Beans are nutritious and have serious filling power. So when I fell in love with this dip I was thrilled.
This Mexican caviar pretty much addresses every food group there is. The carbs from the corn and sugar will satisfy any immediate hunger you have while the fat (healthy fat!) and protein will keep you full for a long time. Plus it has lots of fiber. If you have a long day ahead of you I can’t imagine a better thing to eat!
Here’s what you’ll need.
-1 can unseasoned black beans
-1 can unsalted corn
-5 green onions chopped (white parts only)
-3 oz crumbled feta
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/4 cup olive oil
-2 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
-2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (can substitute for 4 tablespoons of either if needed)
-1 tablespoon water
-1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
-1 teaspoon very finely chopped jalapeno
– squeeze of fresh lime
Grab the sugar, vinegars, and water and mix together in a bowl. Microwave for about 20 seconds and whisk until the sugar has melted. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and whisk.
Drain and rinse black beans in a fine mesh strainer until no more bubbles appear. Drain corn and combine with black beans in the bowl. Cut the green onions in half and chop finely. You could substitute a mild onion if you don’t have any green onions on hand.
Chop the cilantro and jalapeno finely and stir into the dip. Add a squeeze of fresh lime.
Lastly take the feta and fold it into the dip. Adding it last keeps the feta from dissolving in the liquid.
If you have time, let the dip marinate for a couple of hours before serving. If not it is great as is!
Serve with tortilla chips or on a burrito. This stuff is divine.