Charred Corn and Bean Salad




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Spooning Charred Corn and Bean Salad into mason jars

Charred Corn and Bean Salad ~ everybody’s favorite healthy summer salad gets a delicious makeover with sweet corn that’s been blackened on the grill.  There’ll be no rolling back this update!

Charred corn and bean salad in mason jars, with plastic forks

I get a little obsessive with bean salads.  We pick up so many of our food preferences from our parents, and I remember my mom was just crazy about them when I was a kid.  Back then I couldn’t stand them, but I’ve grown up…

a large white bowl of Charred Corn and Bean Salad

And by obsessive I don’t just mean that I make them all the time, which I do.  I also mean that I try to cram as many different bean varieties into my salads as I can.  I’m not satisfied with 3, or 5, I got 8 types of beans into this one (thank goodness for pop tops.)

empty bean cans for charred corn and bean salad

What’s nice about this salad is that the natural sweetness of the corn complements the earthy beans, so even if you aren’t a bean salad lover, this one might sway you.   I add a little honey in the dressing to seal the deal.

Ingredients for charred corn and bean salad in a large glass bowl

When there are fresh beans in a bean salad you’re going to want to blanch them.  That just means cooking them very briefly to take the raw edge off and bring out their flavor and color.

How to blanch fresh beans the easy way ~

I do this in the microwave: put the cut beans in a bowl and add a little water.  Loosely cover the bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes.  Drain and rinse in cold water.  The beans will be bright green and crisp tender.

Pouring dressing onto charred corn and bean salad

The charred corn is even easier to prep ~ I do it right in a cast iron skillet on the stove top, but you can do it on a charcoal grill, under the broiler, or right over the open flame of your gas stove burner using tongs and common sense :)  The main objective is to get some charring on the corn, however you do it.  Don’t worry about cooking the corn, the kernels will steam a little bit as it chars (great corn doesn’t need much cooking anyway.)

a large white bowl of charred corn and bean salad, with serving spoon

 

Bean salads aren’t just for church suppers and potlucks…they make healthy side dishes and lunches, too.  Did you know they’re super foods just like kale and blueberries?

 

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Charred Corn and Bean Salad

Category: salad, side dish, vegetarian main course

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Yield: serves 10

Charred Corn and Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • I cup cooked or canned pinto beans
  • 1 cup cooked or canned garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup cooked or canned white beans
  • 1 cup cooked or canned kidney beans
  • 1 cup cooked or canned black eyed peas
  • 1 cup cooked or canned black beans
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen and thawed lima beans
  • 2 ears of corn, charred, kernels removed
  • 1 small pickling cucumber, chopped (don't peel)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup marinated red peppers, I used Bird's Beak peppers from the olive bar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
    dressing
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp smooth Dijon mustard
  • pinch salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves

Instructions

  1. Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the dressing and taste to adjust any of the ingredients. Toss the salad with the dressing. Add salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two before serving.
  3. Serve garnished with more fresh thyme leaves.
  4. The salad will keep for a week in the refrigerator.

Make this charred corn and bean salad your own ~

  • Make it a 10 bean salad!  Add lentils, cannelini beans, edamame, wax beans…
  • Make it for a (bigger) crowd ~ use the whole can of each type of bean, and double the rest of the ingredients.

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Brenda Merkel
    July 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I made this yesterday for a picnic and it was a hit! The only thing I changed was omitting the chickpeas ( only because the host does not like them) and added an orange bell pepper instead of the marinated red peppers. I thought the thyme really added I nice flavor to the salad. I will definitely make this again and again…..

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      Sue
      July 8, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      This is such a great salad for a picnic, and I’m happy that it was a hit. I’ve rediscovered fresh thyme lately (one of my neighbors down the street grows it and I pick a little every time I walk by ;)

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    Suzanne SOBRAL
    July 3, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    I don’t see you using one of the many types of lentils. Are they too delicate for the bean and corn salad?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 3, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Lentils are a little delicate, but you’ve given me the idea to feature them in a salad at some point this summer, Suzanne, my husband is crazy about them :)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    July 2, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Love this twist on bean salad and the combination of fresh and canned beans. Perfect Summer salad!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 3, 2018 at 6:04 am

      Thanks jennifer, the corn really works well to sweeten up the salad!

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    annie andrysek
    July 2, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    nous aussi on fait un plat dans le midi avec des haricots la recette s’appelle ” la soupe au pistou ” et c’est délicieux

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 2, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      délicieux :)

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    July 2, 2018 at 9:00 am

    I love this recipe Sue – and my husband would flip for it! A must make for me – what a perfect lunch :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 3, 2018 at 6:05 am

      Thanks Tricia, this is a perfect lunch, and i always feel so healthy on bean salad days ;)

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    July 2, 2018 at 3:44 am

    That’s a great salad to bring to a bbq party, or picnic in park or to work :-)) Wonderful!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 2, 2018 at 7:54 am

      I’m on a tear with bean salads these days…and to think I hated them as a kid. Bean salad is the original meal prep idea :)

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