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Celebrate Locavore Month with a Seasonal Salad

September 2, 2011

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In celebration of the fact that September is locavore month and foodies worldwide have pledged to eat locally produced
food, we’re sharing a local, seasonal recipe that’s a perfect choice as we near the end of the summer season!  IIN grad Kilee Johnson, nutrition consultant and founder of Whole Nutrition, stocked up on items from a local produce stand and created this simple, healthy recipe.

Fresh Corn, Tomato, Avocado and Black Bean Salad
Serves 2-4

2 ears of fresh sweet corn
3 tomatoes
1 avocado
1 lime
1 can of rinsed black beans
Small handful of fresh parsley
Large handful of fresh cilantro
Salt & pepper to taste


  • Husk the corn and place it in a large pot of cold water. Bring the water to a boil and immediately drain the corn. Allow it to cool in the refrigerator.
  • Dice the tomatoes and avocados. Chop the parsley and cilantro. When the corn has cooled off, slice it from the cob and put all the ingredients besides the lime in a medium sized bowl.
  • Squeeze the lime juice over the salad and gently stir until everything is mixed together. Add some salt and pepper to taste, and you have a refreshing summer salad. 
  • Serve this as a side dish or over a bed of fresh greens.

    Challenge yourself to eat locally throughout September. Not only is eating locally-grown food better for the environment, but it’s usually fresher, more nutritious, and more flavorful, too! To find locally grown produce in your area, visit Eat Well Guide, a great resource for searching local, sustainable, organic options by geographic location. The search results can be narrowed by categories such as farmers markets, restaurants, bakeries, and so on. If you’re lacking local options, LocalHarvest has an online store.

    Another major benefit to eating local seasonal produce is that it’s very budget-friendly – when foods are in season, they’re usually reasonably priced.  See our blog post about the Slow Food Challenge that’s happening September 17, which encourages maintaining a healthy diet in our busy lives, while saving some cash! Check out our Tumblr post to see what’s in season now.

    For more delicious recipes to enjoy, consult our list of 100 Recipes for a Healthy Summer!