You can always count on your momma for great advice and even better recipes. She’s got you covered the next time you’re heading to a food-focused gathering with her fast, fresh, and flavorful Mom’s Summer Potluck Salad. The people will love the nutty black beans, summery sweet corn, hearty ripe avocado, spicy chopped jalapeños, juicy sweet tomatoes, crunchy red onions, fresh cilantro, and creamy cotija crumbles all mixed together and coated with a sweet, garlicky dressing. Everyone’s tastebuds will agree that she knows best as they dig into Mom’s Summer Potluck Salad!

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  • 1 (15-ounce) can of black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled


Step 1 –In a large bowl, combine the beans, corn, avocado, jalapeños, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro.

Step 2 –In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, extra-virgin olive oil, honey, garlic, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3 –Pour the dressing over the salad mixture and toss to combine.

Step 4 –Add the cotija cheese and toss again.

Step 5 –Season to taste with more salt and pepper.

Step 6 –Serve.