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Cool Beans Salad Recipe

Cool Beans Salad Recipe

This protein-filled dish could be served as a colorful side dish or a meatless main entree. When you make it, double the recipe because it will be gone in a flash! The basmati rice add a unique flavor and the dressing gives it a bit of a tang. —Janelle Lee, Appleton, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients; pour over salad and toss to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Giving this salad time to soak in the blissful dressing makes a huge flavor difference.
  • Canned corn works here, too. Just drain before adding.
  • Use any beans you prefer. Pinto beans are a good option.
  • This confetti-esque salad is perfect party fodder. Serve in 2-ounce plastic cups for easy serving and cleanup.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1-1/3 cups: 440 calories, 19g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 659mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 8g fiber), 12g protein.

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    Bona User ID: 1139068 268452
    Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

    "A hit with everyone"

    Ruffshse User ID: 4225266 261773
    Reviewed Feb. 25, 2017

    "Have made this many times .Really have enjoyed it ."

    scsvatek User ID: 4971420 237985
    Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

    "Very Good. It was gone in a flash."

    Cowgirl7474 User ID: 8545923 233202
    Reviewed Sep. 20, 2015

    "When I made it I used Mexicorn instead of regular corn and I added another type of bean, I used a can of pintos.... amazing for summer or for somebody eating a bit healthy!!!!"

    MY REVIEW User ID: 3200834 229396
    Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015 Edited Sep. 1, 2015

    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this salad! I have made it numerous times this summer and many friends and family have asked for the recipe. The only change that I made was using 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup of oil to cut some calories (doesn't need all that oil). I use about 2 cups of fresh corn, cooked and cut off the cob. It's great eaten just as is, or sometimes I add grated cheddar cheese and cherry tomatoes, halved, and I serve it as a dip with tortilla chips or in a wrap. Flavor improves after chilling for several hours...........even better the next day. Try it you won't be sorry!"

    MarshaKay62 User ID: 8097503 226727
    Reviewed May. 22, 2015

    "I saved this recipe and made it many times! A family favorite!"

    debbiezalaznik User ID: 1692476 197788
    Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

    "A new favorite!"

    TexasCookie User ID: 4277703 151108
    Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

    "Simple and flavorful. Everyone loves this recipe, so we just keep making it. Great side dish with Oven-fried chicken!"

    tjbakes User ID: 418846 212802
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

    "Loved it!! I used a full bag of Basmati rice, 12oz, added an additional can of beans. I had pink beans on hand and I doubled the dressing so as to have extra on hand if the rice got 'dry' after the initial absorbtion. Was even better the next day."

    pamrev User ID: 7569683 193013
    Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

    "This dish is perfect as it is, but I did look at reviews and modify just a bit. I used pinto beans instead of kidneys. Used two big cloves of garlic instead of one, and I used a garlic press instead of mincing so people didn't get a big CHUNK. I LOVED using basmati rice, but I did mix some of the dressing with the rice before adding to the the veggies and beans so I wouldn't have a clumping issue. Used fresh corn (2+cups) only because it was available. Make sure to let it marinate for a few hours!! Thanks for an excellent recipe!!"

    joni Geurts User ID: 1060443 136856
    Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

    "Excellent! I will make this often."

    BoosBug User ID: 7052546 193012
    Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

    "Still not over the celebration that had occurred in my mouth."

    lmcmaster User ID: 3422437 181363
    Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

    "Absolutely delicious! I make a big bowl of this for my family and we eat it for a few days."

    MY REVIEW User ID: 2731069 197786
    Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

    "Love love this recipe! We give it 5 stars"

    jpshaw User ID: 5116918 151107
    Reviewed Aug. 29, 2013

    "I've made this recipe numerous times. Great side for summer picnics!"

    MY REVIEW User ID: 5326454 196076
    Reviewed Aug. 21, 2013

    "My family loves this recipe. So good!"

    Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 197785
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

    "great side dish. light and filling . makes way more than we could eat but would be perfect for a small party. next time will increase chili and cumin by 1/2 tsp."

    leilers1 User ID: 5810135 135024
    Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

    "also very easy to modify for whatever the garden is producing at the moment"

    leilers1 User ID: 5810135 194774
    Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

    "excellent! will make it again."

    hhambrock User ID: 3152638 180085
    Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

    "Great for pot lucks! I especially like this because it can be made ahead of time!"

    beltza User ID: 2199797 119558
    Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012


    bdhlsk User ID: 6821329 186260
    Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

    "Fast and easy !! Very good taste !!! We really like it !!! Let's try it !!!"

    mandi robinson User ID: 3281679 181355
    Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

    "I made a double batch of this on vacation last summer and served it with tortilla chips. I had to make another double batch the next afternoon. Everybody loved this healthy snack coming in off the beach!"

    bama1989 User ID: 5401361 135022
    Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012

    "YUMMY!!!! I have made it several times. This is going to be my go-to recipe for summer potlucks."

    chelsea_720 User ID: 6242545 136855
    Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

    "Delish!! Good mix of flavor."

    sfarnham User ID: 4273010 113855
    Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

    "easy and quick. Very tasty, definitely will make this again."

    ferg0109 User ID: 5057328 196075
    Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

    "LOVE it and easy to make ahead of time."

    juls1116 User ID: 5769191 197784
    Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

    "Delicious and easy to make ahead. Yum!"

    JTMA User ID: 6212282 193011
    Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

    "Just totally awesome!!"

    rodpauley User ID: 4736000 196060
    Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

    "very good! I loved it so much, I am taking it to our company picnic to share."

    SuzaWa_12 User ID: 5832752 196073
    Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

    "With corn coming out of our ears, I made this for a party and wow! Everyone loved it. I can go so far to say that this is the best corn salad that I have ever made."

    kathed5 User ID: 4469276 119557
    Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

    "I made this for a luncheon and it was loved by all! I had extra all week, and added it to salad and gazpacho soup. My friends requested copies of this recipe. It was simply really delicious and super easy."

    mamamowe15 User ID: 4646310 113849
    Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

    "Once again Taste of home made me look like a top chef! The only thing i did differently was I used brown rice and 3 gloves of garlic...WOW it was fab. Thanks TofH!!!"

    bylaw User ID: 797340 196072
    Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

    "This is very tasty. Brought this to a potluck and when we got home all three of my kids ate some. I was surprised. I might make this for lunches, too. I want to decrease the oil next time. I had good success using my rice steamer to make the rice (very few clumps)."

    aug2295 User ID: 4631582 196071
    Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

    "This was really good, and pretty easy to make. It looked really pretty on the table too with all the colors."

    stirfry101 User ID: 3903908 180083
    Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

    "Fabulous! We left out the cilantro and it is still great!"

    jpshaw User ID: 5116918 194772
    Reviewed Jul. 17, 2011

    "This is so refreshing. Delicious side to the steaks I made on the grill. I alter this recipe a little bit - to make it healthier I use brown rice. I leave out the cilantro because I just don't like it. Would I make this again? I think I make it every week!"

    mullinta User ID: 3768571 151106
    Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

    "This stuff rocks! My husband could not stay out of it. When you make it, double the recipe because it will be gone in a flash!"

    Mary Grebe User ID: 465456 118749
    Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

    "Cool beans salad was easy and fun to make. I doubled the recipe for a potluck dish. The only thing I did that was different was to reduce the number of green onions. I think the green onions I can get in upstate NY are bigger than the ones the recipe intends us to use! I would certainly make this again. It is appealing to the eye and the taste buds."

    TMN13 User ID: 6044808 193010
    Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

    "This was a huge hit at a summertime salad themed potluck."

    mamuwubu User ID: 1738389 197782
    Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

    "Thought this looked interesting and took it too a family get together. Everyone really liked it and many asked for the recipe. This is great for a BBQ side or potluck. I'm thinking couscous or quinoa or brown rice could easily be substituted for the basmati rice. Definately keeping this recipe."

    emalejko User ID: 5000026 212801
    Reviewed May. 31, 2011

    "Excellent, loved it. Thought that I would have left overs for work, but it was gone!"

    zingy614 User ID: 6015201 113847
    Reviewed May. 31, 2011

    "This salad was great. I will definitely make it again!"

    emilyditre User ID: 4336399 151101
    Reviewed May. 31, 2011

    "Delicious! The dressing was just perfect. I got many compliments on this dish. The rice could clump up if not mixed with the dressing right away but it was not a big deal to separate rice grains with two forks (may mix just the rice with the dressing first and then mix in the other ingredients). This recipe is a keeper!"

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