Black Bean Shrimp Salad

Black Bean Shrimp Salad with Corn & Pickled Onions

This flavor-packed black bean shrimp salad is the perfect light weeknight supper, and it also screams summer potluck.

Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes


For the Pickled Onions

  • 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

For the Salad

  • 2 ears fresh corn
  • Two (15-oz) cans black beans, best quality such as Bush's or Goya, rinsed and well-drained
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, thawed if frozen
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • Freshly ground black pepper, for serving


For the Pickled Onions

  1. In a medium skillet, combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil, whisking to dissolve the sugar. Add the onion, reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, gently stirring, until the onions have wilted slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the onions and pickling liquid to a heatproof bowl and let cool.

For the Salad

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the corn, then cover the pot and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 10 minutes, then remove the corn from the water and let cool. Holding the cooled corn upright in a large mixing bowl, cut the kernels off the cob in strips.
  2. To the bowl of corn, add the beans, scallions, cilantro, 5 tablespoons of the oil, the lime juice and lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and the cumin. Toss well and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the shrimp and season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook for 1 minute, then add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer the shrimp to the mixing bowl with the corn, scraping all of the garlicky oil from the pan into the bowl. Toss the salad, then taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary (be sure to taste the salad with the pickled onions and feta; they balance the flavor). Transfer to a serving bowl. Crumble the feta over the salad, gently toss, and sprinkle with extra cilantro and fresh ground black pepper, if desired. Remove the pickled onions from their pickling liquid and serve on the side. The salad may be served room temperature or cold.
  5. Make-Ahead: The salad is best served on the same day of assembling, but it can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Taste and adjust seasoning again before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 459
  • Fat: 24 g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Fiber: 11 g
  • Protein: 23 g
  • Sodium: 805 mg
  • Cholesterol: 112 mg

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.