Black Bean, Corn, Red Pepper Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

Like wine and cheese, black bean, corn, red pepper salad with lime cilantro vinaigrette simply gets better with age. This is the perfect make ahead salad because as it marinades the flavors flourish and are enhanced. Packed with everything good for you this little salad is big on taste and nutrition. 'Serious Eats' features only recipes that have been tested for impressive flavor, invention, are well made and seriously delicious. The black bean, corn, red pepper salad with lime cilantro vinaigrette fits that criteria. Featuring recipes for everything from the home skillet to 4 star restaurants and everything in between, you will find only the absolute best dishes. They offer unbiased restaurants reviews, and have strong opinions on what to eat, when, where and why. They enjoy busting food myths and leaving us with the best and tastiest gluten free, cocktails, pizza, seafood recipes and many more.

Cilantro is often used mainly as a garnish in recipes and is an overlooked nutritional powerhouse. Used in ancient Greece as an essential oil in perfume, cilantro has been valued for centuries. The Romans used it to disguise the smell of rotten meat. I sure hope that means it acted as an air freshener and didn't actually eat the rotten meat! Yuck. Anyway, back to cilantro's medicinal and nutritional value. Cilantro is a powerful natural cleansing agent. It will bind toxic metals and loosens them from internal tissue helping rid the body of toxicity. Thanks to it's blood sugar lowering properties, cilantro is a great remedy for diabetes. Very rich in calcium it is excellent for bone support and health.

Cilantro also know as coriander, is a strong antioxidant that prevents cardiovascular damage. It has anti anxiety effects and can help improve sleep quality. The oil from cilantro is excellent for fungal cleansing and will protect against salmonella. Cilantro's abilities to aid in health don't stop there. It helps relieve skin inflammation, mouth ulcers, anemia, menstrual disorders and small pox! If you suffer from seasonal allergies and hay fever, add cilantro to your diet. It has strong anti histamine properties that can help relive your itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing. So the next time you add this little herb to your salad, you are adding a wealth of help and healing to your diet. A little goes a long ways, so don't over do it. Excessive intake of cilantro or coriander can cause sun sensitivity and make you more prone to sunburning and that can increase your risk of skin cancer. Eaten in small amounts like in the black bean, corn, red pepper salad with lime cilantro vinaigrette you will get all the help and benefits your body needs

Limes part of the citrus family are also an excellent source of vitamin C, and are often used to accent the flavours of foods and beverages. They are grown year-round in tropical climates and are usually smaller and less sour than lemons, although varieties may differ in sugar and acidic content. As compared to lemons, limes contain less vitamin C, but the amount is still an excellent source, providing 35% of the Daily Value per 100 g serving (right table). Limes are a good source of dietary fiber and contain numerous other nutrients in small quantities. Lime juice is an ingredient of many cuisines from India, and many varieties of pickles are made, e.g. sweetened lime pickle, salted pickle, and lime chutney.

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