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The Best Salsa for 4th of July

FireworksThe 4th of July holiday is a huge favorite event among the residents and tourists of the Lowcountry because you are guaranteed to have some fun. No, let’s make that LOTS of fun. Throughout the Charleston area, you’ll find people boating, going to the beach, enjoying concerts and fireworks, and of course, savoring lots of yummy food on this patriotic holiday. As such, I want to share with you my famous recipe for the Best Salsa for 4th of July.


This delicious Black Bean, Corn and Cilantro Salsa will add the perfect side dish to any holiday meal or picnic and will definitely have people requesting it year after year. In fact, this is the exact dish I make every year when we attend our friends’ annual July 4th Beach Bash and it’s become so popular, I sometimes get asked to make it for other events.

Corn & TomatoI love this Black Bean, Corn and Cilantro Salsa because the recipe makes a very large serving, and it’s great for taking to the beach or on the boat. Another reason I love this salsa is because it’s healthy (don’t tell people this part, but honestly, they won’t care because it’s THAT GOOD). This recipe is also very easy to make, and I recommend putting it together the night before or several hours before eating because it is best served cold. At least, I like eating it cold because it makes a very refreshing treat in the sweltering heat.

cilantroBlack Bean, Corn and Cilantro Salsa


  • 1 can yellow corn, drained
  • 1 can white corn, drained
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 bunch finely chopped cilantro
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼  cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • (if wanted) dash of black pepper


Stir corn, beans, tomatoes, cilantro, green & red onion, bell pepper and garlic in large bowl. Gently mix lime juice and avocado. Then drizzle with olive oil to serve.

What’s the best way to eat this incredibly tasty salsa? I like to use the multigrain Scoops tortilla chips because you can ‘scoop’ more of this yummy goodness into your mouth. And they are great for creating several little ‘salsa shells’ if you’re making a plate and mingling.

Black Bean, Corn & Cilantro Salsa

How did I come up with this great dish? I didn’t. I found this delicious recipe many years ago on the website and it was listed under ‘Heather’s Cilantro, Black Bean and Corn Salsa’ provided by a creative person named Heather, user name hvoeltner.

Over the years though, I have made different versions of the salsa by adding or subtracting ingredients, but honestly, the black beans, corn, tomatoes and cilantro are the true foundation of this recipe. And as I said earlier, this will absolutely become a crowd favorite for the 4th of July or any event you attend so be ready for compliments.

Hope you enjoy this scrumptious, easy and healthy version of The Best Salsa for 4th of July!

If you have a favorite 4th of July recipe you like to make or even have a really good salsa recipe, please comment below and share. I would love to try another dish to add to our annual Beach Bash.


Fireworks & Salsa pics by Salt Air Exchange. Corn & Cilantro pics by Pixabay

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