Turns out my discussion just two days ago of needing adaptable ingredients for quick meals when you can’t make what you were planning on was incredibly well timed. Spinach, black bean, and roasted corn salad was not the plan.
The plan was for a semi-elaborate meal (for a Wednesday), but it involved a run to the grocery store.
And my daughter slept FOUR AND A HALF HOURS, which pretty much made that nap the biggest mixed blessing of the day (Laundry was folded; yay. Groceries were not purchased; bummer.).
So to the fridge I go for inspiration, and find it in two of the staples I listed as pretty much always in our house: beans and spinach.
Mid-salad making, the nap of dinner-changing-proportions ended, which meant I now had a sous chef with me. No sweat though; I pretty much make every meal with assistance.
I got everything chopped, ready for assembly and subsequent photo-taking.
So I started plating salad. You know, greens and then all the other toppings with a drizzle of dressing like many recipes/food blogs would have you believe salad is made. And then I realized that was a complete farce.
There’s no occasion, not even a holiday, that has ever made me gently place salad ingredients in an aesthetically pleasing manner on a plate.
And so the final product is true to the typical Wednesday night meal you might get around here: not the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen, but delicious, healthy, and quick.
Around here, we call that a win.
- ½ lb. (or more) baby spinach
- 1½ cups cooked black beans (or 1 15 oz. can), rinsed
- 2-3 ears of corn
- 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
- 4 green onions, chopped
- For dressing:
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- Juice from 2-3 limes
- 1 tbsp. honey
- ½ tsp. cumin
- Salt to taste
- Roast corn in 425° oven for 20 minutes, turning once at 10 minutes. Allow to cool and cut corn from cobs.
- Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and refrigerate until you're ready to use.
- Combine spinach, beans, tomatoes, and green onions with corn. Toss with dressing.