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Quick Corn and Black Bean Salad Recipe

Quick Corn and Black Bean Salad Recipe

I'm often asked to create "different" recipes for parties. This corn salad, cooked up for a barbecue, was an instant hit. Filled with multicolored vegetables and plenty of seasonings, it has great eye appeal and loads of flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped, optional
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the salad dressing, cilantro, lime juice, hot pepper sauce and chili powder. Pour over corn mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 179 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.

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coconutpatty User ID: 3240781 233201
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2015

"After reading all the rave reviews, I thought this would be really great, but somehow the flavors weren't there for me. Maybe the Italian dressing I used overpowered the other flavors. It is a pretty dish, and I wish I loved it, but it was a disappointment."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 55715
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"Over the years I have made many versions of black bean, corn and tomato salad. This is a great recipe. It is the best when a fresh tomato is available! This is a classic recipe that can be altered with ingredients on hand. It is great as a stand alone side dish or with chips/crackers. For large gatherings double the recipe and serve in a triffle bowl--- the beautiful colors will stand out any party table!!!"

happyian User ID: 3536641 58788
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"This continues to be a favorite of my family and myself. Wonderful summer salad to go along with grilling time!"

Joanna07 User ID: 2831179 55714
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"I made this, and the entire bowl was gone by the end of the party. People ate it with tortilla chips, so I find it more of a salsa than a salad. I am making it again for another party, and I am sure it will be eaten just as quickly. This time I am doubling the recipe!"

lightedway User ID: 4228023 48769
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"If asked to bring anything to a picnic I suggest this lovely salad. We ate it as a side dish. The next day my husband ate it with Scoops Tortilla Chips. I love pretty food that tastes good too. I have this pictured on my page"

Rube1234 User ID: 1260707 58377
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"I love serving food that tastes great and looks pretty and this dish definitely fits the bill. It was very easy to put together, tasted delicious and looked great on my buffet table. I was hoping for leftovers for my lunch during the week, but it disappeared quickly!"

hollywood0520 User ID: 4932857 70215
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"I made this for a housewarming potluck and BBQ. Everyone loved it and I have been asked by many for a copy of the recipe. It was easy, colorful and made quite an impression."

hollyhobbym User ID: 1285712 48768
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"i love this recipe i have made it many times!!!"

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