kidney bean and corn salad

Corn and Kidney Bean Salad

This salad was supposed to be made with black beans, but I made a little mistake.  When I was preparing the salad, I inadvertently grabbed and opened a can of kidney beans instead of black beans.  With that one error, this salad changed from what I had imagined to something deliciously different.  I used the techniques from my faux homemade salsa recipe to give the illusion that this dish was more complicated to prepare, but there’s a minimum of chopping required for the recipe.  The entire dish can be assembled in about 10 minutes.

corn and kidney bean saladMany variations of this salad are possible by simply changing the varieties of beans and by using different types of salsa.  It’s versatility is one of the best things about this salad.  It’s great as a side dish for barbecued meats, or it can be served with chips as a salsa.  However you serve it, this recipe is sure to be a hit.

kidney bean and corn salad stored in mason jars in the fridgeOf course, I stored the leftover salad in mason jars in the refrigerator, but they were gone in a day.

Here’s the printable recipe.  Give this simple salad a try and let us know what you think.

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Corn and Kidney Bean Salad
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Southwest
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
This simple salad can also double as a salsa. The recipe makes use of canned corn and beans as well as jarred salsa, so it is quickly assembled. The salad can be changed easily by using a different type of beans and by using different types of salsa. .
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 16 ounce jar of picante sauce type salsa (mild, medium, or hot according to your preference)
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced, divided
  • 1 handful of cilantro leaves, chopped and divided
  1. Set aside 1 tablespoon each of sliced onions and cilantro.
  2. Place beans, corn, tomato, and salsa in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  3. Add the larger portions of green onions and cilantro and toss together .
  4. Sprinkle the top with reserved cilantro and onion.
  5. Refrigerate until serving.
  6. Serve as a salad or as salsa with a side of chips.


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