Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad


  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided (sub. w/ canola, sunflower or peanut) 
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit for milder taste)
  • Salt and ground black pepper (to taste) 
  • 6 ears corn, shucked
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 medium sweet Vidalia onion, diced 
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Optional: Mix in cooked tomatoes, summer squash, sweet potato, chicken


Preheat a grill or a grill pan over medium heat.

In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup of the canola oil, the cumin, 2 teaspoons chili powder, cayenne and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir to combine. Brush each ear of corn generously with the seasoned oil.

Arrange the corn on the hot grill and cook for about 12 minutes, giving each ear a quarter turn every 3 minutes. Remove from grill and let cool for 5 minutes. When cool enough to handle cut kernels from corn.

In a medium serving bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup of canola oil, 1 teaspoon chili powder, the lime juice, garlic, bell pepper, onions, beans, and cilantro. Adjust the seasonings with salt and black pepper, to taste. Add the corn kernels and stir to combine. Mix the ingredients well and serve with tacos, if desired.

ENJOY!!                              Romans 8:32

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We (Sweet Basil Farms) are an 80 acre working farm, consisting of large vegetable, fruit and herb gardens, fruit orchards and livestock. We put great emphasis on natural gardening, growing and livestock management practices. We raise and breed Pyredoodles, Great Pyrenees and Standard Poodles. We also breed and sell poultry, pet pigs, pygmy goats and over 300 varieties of bearded irises and so much more. We are proud of our school partnerships members of Georgia Grown, and believe strongly in helping to promote our fellow farmers, producers and growers and our local economy.

We, both David and I, have always had a passion for growing flowers and plants, deeply rooted from our Grandmothers’ teachings. We, like everyone, began to make a more conscience effort to eat healthy and naturally grown fresh food. Since we have 80 acres, we began by adding a “small” acre and a half vegetable garden. When people began driving an hour or two, just to buy our home grown tomatoes and cucumbers, we realized there was a real need in many communities for busy families like ours.

An 1840’s General Store situated on our property. Because it is right next to my garden spot, and had a porch to cool off in our hot Georgia summer, it quickly became our on-site “Farmers Market”. The old General Store, once the central hub for a bustling railroad community, also served many important roles in the community of Goggans, and was even a United States Post Office (until the 1960’s). This building is a Historical landmark, and sits adjacent to the old “Doctor’s Building”, which is rumored to have served as a Courthouse, jail, and dentist office. There is a church and cemetery where the founding families of “Goggans” were laid to rest. The wagon trail road where the townsfolk would ride down to the creek, is still visible in the winter. The history on our property, rich with farming and community purpose, greatly inspired us to serve our community in a new and exciting way. We believe the old General Store served it’s greatest purpose, by inspiring our Farmers Market To You program.

 James 2:14-26  tells us that our faith is dead without works. Our business model is based upon that. The first fruits of our harvest is always given to God. While it is not necessarily the “temple” as it was thousands of years ago, there are many worthy organizations in our community with structures in place, which help us to effectively share the fresh healthy fruits and vegetables with the people in need.

This recipe blog post by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.

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