Bean salad recipe. Because summer.

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Okay, so it’s late June, the holiday weekend is approaching, and of course that has me thinking about food. (Everything makes me think about food, though.) That aside, I was tweeting the other day about my bean salad recipe, and someone asked for it. So I figured I will share it here on this page, where it can live in perpetuity.

I got this recipe from the Food section of my local paper, The News and Observer, many years ago. It quickly became my go-to recipe for cookouts, potlucks, family events and just about any other occasion where I am asked to bring something. It has all the hallmarks of a great recipe: it’s easy, has only a few ingredients, makes a bunch and you can do it at the last minute. (Although it’s better if you let it sit a few hours, or even overnight.) WIN!

Here’s what you need:

A can of black beans

A can of kidney beans (dark or light red, you pick!)

A can of Fiesta corn (once called Mexicorn, i.e. corn with peppers mixed in)

Open all cans, pour them into a strainer. Rinse. Dump into a big bowl. You’re halfway done! Wasn’t that easy? I KNOW!

Okay, now onto the marinade:

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar (okay, you might have to make a trip for this, but you’ll be making this so much in future you’ll use it up, I swear)

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon of cumin (Okay, these two are an investment too, but you’ll use them!)

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

1/4 teaspoon of salt

Whisk all together. Pour over bean/corn mix. Toss. If you WANT you can add some chopped green onions (if you’re feeling fancy) or if you are lazy like me, some dried minced onion. Or leave it out. It’s totally up to you! Put in a container, cover, and stick in the fridge, ideally for a few hours, although you can serve it right away or after an hour or whatever.

See, wasn’t that easy??? I KNOW. This is why it is my go-to. Take it to wherever you’re invited, watch people enjoy and be prepared to pass the recipe on. Lazy cooks (or thrower-togethers of beans, corn and marinades) unite!

Happy summer, everyone!


All ready to go!!