High-Fiber Mexican Summer Salad

By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Looking for a vibrant, nutrient packed, quick and easy side dish you can pull together for your next BBQ?  This fresh, seasonal salad lends itself to local produce and loads of flavor.  Have fun customizing the amount of spice and seasoning to fit your taste. This easy and delicious salad combines summer produce that’s meant to be eaten together.  Black beans boast protein, fiber and iron, as well as the antioxidant anthocyanin, the same one found in blueberries.  Ingesting Vitamin C rich food with plant-based iron rich foods enhances your body’s ability to absorb iron.  Both lime and tomato offer Vitamin C, combined with black beans’ iron, to support your immune system, energy and red blood cells.

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  • 2 ears of corn
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup (150 g) black beans
  • 1 lime
  • 4 chopped scallions
  • 1 small handful of cilantro (coriander)
  • 1 small handful of fresh chives
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • Sea or Himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup quinoa (optional)


  1. Wash all produce well.
  2. Shuck fresh corn.
  3. Boil water, add sea salt.
  4. Drop in 2 ears corn and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Let corn cool then cut kernels off cob.
  6. Add corn to bowl.
  7. Dice tomato then add to bowl with corn.
  8. Slice avocado in half, discard pit, remove flesh from peel and dice then set aside.
  9. Take 1 cup black beans (either drain from BPA free can or box and rinse or use dry beans already soaked and cooked) and add to bowl.
  10. Slice lime in half and squeeze juice into bowl.
  11. Add cumin and chipotle powder and salt and pepper to bowl.
  12. Wash and chop fresh chives and cilantro, set aside.
  13. Mix corn, tomato, black beans and spices.
  14. Scoop into serving dish.
  15. Top with avocado, scallions and lime.
  16. Enjoy!



  • Black beans – pinto or kidney beans
  • Scallions – chives
  • Cilantro – basil
  • Lime – lemon
  • Tomato – any variety of tomato like heirloom, or use radish
  • Corn – summer squash

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 5 - 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories230
  • Fat8g
  • Saturated Fat1g
  • Cholesterol0mg
  • Sodium220mg
  • Carbohydrates32g
  • Fiber10g
  • Sugars4g
  • Protein 8g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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