Throwback Thursday: An Updated Super Summer Salad

It’s that time of year again…even though it’s not been nearly as hot as normal in Austin, I still find myself searching for recipes that don’t involve using the oven.  Or doing much on the stove, either.  Lucky for me, I love salad.  Today I have a cold salad for you that I can’t stop making and eating…and making and eating…and making and eating.

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All of those gorgeous colors are a corn & bean salad that a friend of mine brought to The Monkey’s end-of-season soccer party.  It was the unanimous hit of the pot luck, with pretty much everyone begging my friend (who is a dietitian, so BONUS POINTS) for the recipe.

It takes my old favorite summer salad and kicks it up about ten notches.  It’s soooo good!

Summer Corn & Bean Salad

  • Sweet corn: 1 can, rinsed & drained
  • Pinto beans: 1 can, rinsed & drained
  • Black beans: 1 can, rinsed & drained
  • Red,orange, yellow bell pepper : 1 each, finely diced
  • Green onion: 2 bunches, finely diced
  • Cilantro: handful, chopped to garnish
  • Salt and pepper

To dress:  2 parts fresh orange juice and 1 part lemon juice plus 3 parts extra virgin olive oil  (The size of the “parts” depends on how much dressing you like.  Trust me, you’ll like the dressing.)

Mix cooked corn, pinto beans and black beans. Chopped bell peppers and green onions and add to beans. Season with salt and pepper and some of that chopped cilantro, add the juice.

Here’s a bonus: any leftover corn & bean salad is delicious on mixed greens.  Add cherry tomatoes, diced avocado, grilled chicken, and cilantro-lime dressing, and you’ve got a salad even my midwestern-raised husband will eat for dinner.

One more option: I passed this recipe on to a client, and she’s already made it multiple times, too.  She even got funky and subbed kidney beans for the pinto beans.  Another time she added in a diced avocado.  Go ahead and get crazy like that.   This salad can take it.

What are you doing still sitting here?  Get up and make some corn & bean salad!  You’ll thank me for the super tasty, well-balanced, easy-t0-whip-up recipe later.

Good health and great happiness to you!

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