Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Southwest Bean Salad

I was in the grocery store last week picking up some last minute items when I saw a can of Southwest Bean Salad. I gave it a glance and didn't even note who it was made by or exactly what the ingredients were in it, though I did note in the picture on the label that there was corn and black beans. I knew I had all kinds of beans at home so I started thinking, why not just customize my own. Now I was on a mission! I scanned the internet, gave up and went into the kitchen. This is what I came up with. I am sure it was much better than that can I had in my hand back in the store. This salad says "summer days" to me. Not to mention it went great for our 4th of July cookout.

Southwestern Bean Salad
Compliments of RecipeAddict


1 cup fresh, or thawed frozen corn
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup pinto bean, rinsed and drained
1 cup black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 large or 2 small tomatoes, diced
1/2 jalepeno pepper, minced
1/4 large red onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon dried cilantro (I wish I had of thought to grab some fresh)


In a large bowl, whisk vinegar, oil, lime juice, and garlic together. Rinse and drain all of your beans. Add to dressing. Add in the tomatoes, jalepeno, onion, and cilantro. Stir to combine. Refrigerate for 8 hours to allow the flavors to marry.
Makes 6 to 8 Servings

This recipe can be made with a vast array of beans and or spices. I have to go stock up on some different varieties of beans now. We hope you are keeping cool during these hot and humid summer months.

I am submitting this to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for Souper Sundays .


And also to Reeni at Cinnamon Sice and Everything Nice for the July Side Dish Showdown .

Side Dish Showdown Blogger Event

And also to Siri's Corner who is hosting this month's My Legume Love Affair for Susan at The Well Seasoned Cook .

If you're not already blogging along with us, what are you waiting for? Stop on by and have some fun. 

Southwest Bean Salad

This can be made with a vast array of beans and/or spices. This says "Summer in a Bowl" to me.

See Southwest Bean Salad on Key Ingredient.

Southwest Bean Salad on Foodista
Carla and Michael


  1. Good for you, girl! Looks great and great combining.

  2. I feel like I've been to a salad "exchange"!! Your salad looks delicious as well--all the ingredients we love (fresh cilantro for me, no cilantro for my husband)!! I really like to have several salads in the refrigerator during the hot summer days. Now I'm waiting for the homegrown/heirloom tomatoes to show up in our farmers' market to make my menus complete.


  3. Creation in the kitchen...isn't it great?! Love the salad you made. Much better than anything in a can by far.

    By the way, I love your suggestion for a cookbook title. I will file that one away!


  4. This looks really lovely. You did a fabulous job putting this together. It really sounds delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. What a great combination of ingredients!!! I love beans and definitely could make a meal of just your salad. It looks delicious! Summer in a bowl is the way to go!

  6. Heck yeah this is better than the pre-made stuff! It sounds delicious and definitely says summer in a bowl. Thanks for sending it to the Showdown Carla, hope you have a great weekend!

  7. It definitely says - Summer in a bowl carla. :) Thanks for sending along to MLLA. :D


  8. I love having several summer salads ready in the frig waiting on me. LOL! looks wonderful.

  9. This is ONE FABULOUS SALAD! But you only gave me a little bowl of it...LOL. Send over more next time HaHa, just kiddin, daughter. Guess I'll have to make my own. Couldn't decide which I like better. The empanadas you sent over or the salad....hmmmm! Thanks, sweetie.

  10. I am not sure if I came back to thank you for posting at My Meatless Meals but how about, I give you a reminder, there will be another on Monday, if you want to be part of this.

    It is funny, I have gone through my life, disliking beans and still when I see a bean recipe, I tend to start going away. I have to remind myself that I do like beans and in reality never disliked them. I just did not eat them. You have great bean recipes and I ddin't even cring so you also passed the photo test. Thanks for being here.

  11. i can't possibly rave about this enough--it's outstanding. the variety of bean sizes and textures and flavors and the combination of colors makes this salad delicious, nutritious, and absolutely beautiful!

  12. So much better to make your own--it looks delicious! Thanks for joining in Souper Sundays this week.

  13. looks colourful and full of nutrition. http://shanthisthaligai.blogspot.com/


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