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Corn and Black Bean Salad Recipe

Corn and Black Bean Salad Recipe

This colorful, crunchy salad is chock-full of easy-to-swallow nutrition that all ages will love. Try it with a variety of summer entrees…or as a wholesome salsa!—Krista Frank, Rhododendron, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients; pour over corn mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Stir before serving. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 142 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 326mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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PatsCookin User ID: 2406774 269503
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2017

"This was really great as a salad! I wanted to serve it as a salsa dip and it needed a little bit more kick for that. I added 1 teaspoon of chili powder, increased the cumin to 1 teaspoon and added a 4 ounce can of chopped green chiles and used 4 tablespoons of olive oil. It makes a wonderful healthy dish either way you use it."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 267633
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2017

"Wonderful! And easy! Followed exactly but only had canned chopped jalape?o. Teenagers ate it like salsa with chips. Adults ate like a side salad. Makes a good amount! As a volunteer feild editor with Taste of Home magazine I love flavorful recipes that can be assembled ahead of time!"

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 261526
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2017

"Great salad! I used frozen corn instead of the canned corn, and I used olive oil instead of the canola oil. I also left out the cilantro. We really liked this. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing this recipe."

rena 55 User ID: 1935799 261153
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"Refreshing and tasty salad. Nice change from a green salad. Used frozen corn from our garden and some fresh peppers to add a nice crunch and sweetness."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 258894
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2016

"I substituted red and green bell peppers for the tomatoes because I didn't have any tomatoes. This got rave reviews - the fresh ingredients were stronger than the canned and it felt extremely fresh and delicious."

MarieTD User ID: 5329546 253834
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2016

"This is super good and a crowd pleaser. I love it as it is, without any changes. Other times I add proteins or pasta to stretch it out. No matter, it gets raves. It's a very adaptable recipe."

agapela User ID: 8779250 247377
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2016

"Really delicious!! I have made this salad quite a few times now, and everyone eats it up."

lsross User ID: 8395116 241188
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"Great inexpensive recipe to make for a crowd...I increased by 4 and it got rave reviews. I did add fresh chopped green, red, and orange peppers."

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 238776
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2015

"This was great! I actually used a can of refried black beans due to what I had on hand. Everyone loved this recipe. I will definitely make this again!"

LCarr4 User ID: 8061517 232042
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"So delicious! I made three changes, I used a quarter teaspoon of sugar which was more than enough, I broiled the corn in the oven to make it more flavorful, and I used only half an onion. As a lover of onions, even I thought that one whole onion was a little excessive."

SKelm User ID: 4660356 228727
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"I always love this salad....I've been making it for years!!"

middjett User ID: 7818954 228215
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

"Wonderful. So versatile.Such a great guideline to play with. Have made this several times now, and each time I change a small thing. I have added jalapenos one time, and left out the cilantro (because I was out), used fresh tomatoes, turned out great. Another time I used an Italian canned tomato. You cant go wrong. I do cut the recipe in half as Im feeding 2, not 8. Tastes even better the next day."

choney2 User ID: 5323277 226985
Reviewed May. 26, 2015

"Everytime I make this I get rave reviews! easy to make- delicious and you can make it using all canned ingredients. (use petite diced tomatoes, drained). Whenever I make this, I ask myself why I waited so long to make it again!"

candycane1962 User ID: 1873583 60315
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"Very tasty salad. My family liked this. I will make this again."

zookeeperk User ID: 819663 206571
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"This is a keeper!! Wish I had found it earlier in the summer."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 145267
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2013

"Everyone loved it. I used about half the sugar and omitted the cilantro."

Bev194769 User ID: 3168198 151484
Reviewed May. 31, 2013

"Made this last night to go with our dinner it was great."

jengel1 User ID: 6301273 60314
Reviewed May. 17, 2013

"This is SO good! I used frozen corn and lemon juice instead of lime; decreased the sugar to 1 Tbsp since the corn was sweet. Definitely making this again and am looking forward to bringing this to our summer BBQs."

paulapatkatesarah User ID: 2180773 60313
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Great flavor. I didn't have fresh tomato so I substituted with a can of well-drained Rotel tomatoes. Worked fine."

JWybenga1 User ID: 6430869 206570
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"Got rave reviews and so simple - used can of tomatoes with green chilies and freah tomatoes"

kbmiller User ID: 5949023 73969
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"Loved this recipe! I ate it with tacos and put it on salads. I'm making it again today but I'm going to use rotel because I don't have any fresh tomatoes or cilantro. I hope it turns ou ok."

RLSM User ID: 5781736 73968
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2012

"Great recipe. Works as a side and with tortilla chips as an appetizer. I am also going to try in quesadillas."

mollyque User ID: 4504744 125233
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

"My husband said, "I think I've had this at a restaurant!" It's SO DELICIOUS. I made with canned tomatoes, b/c I didn't have any fresh on hand. In addition, the whole thing only cost about $3-$4 to make!"

AshleyD963 User ID: 5588536 64716
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"I served this as a salsa with multigrain Tostitos Scoops and even the 'anti-healthy' guests I had loved it! The corn is sweet enough that you really don't need extra sugar in the dressing, and there was a little too much red onion in there for my liking; I'll add only 1/2c of that next time and probably use 2 jalepenos instead of 1, thanks for the great recipe!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 64713
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"This salad turned out great! I do not think it needs the additional sugar if you use fresh corn on the cob and fresh tomatoes from the garden."

caralynn1 User ID: 2237803 90843
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2010

"Delicious! Can't say enough about this. My whole family enjoyed it."

athena711 User ID: 1503077 124852
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2009

"I like to add a jalapeno. Adds a little bit of kick. We use it as a salsa with chips."

pencilines2000 User ID: 2985537 64709
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2008

"super super super good five stars"

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