Almost-Instant Black Bean Salad

by Anne Bennett on July 7, 2017

This simple summer salad is great served with grilled chicken. You can also roll it up in a lettuce leaf for a quick lunch. I grilled a whole chicken and brought it to the table on a platter with this as the side. I added jarred pickled jalapenos to kick it up and squeezed fresh lime juice on as well. Refreshing, easy, healthy, not to mention totally delicious. We dined al fresco on the back patio with Lulu and Julia, the two hungry poodles, keeping constant watch over the chicken. They’re such loyal poodles — they don’t want anyone to steal our chicken.

There are similar black bean salad recipes in the hungry poodle salad section, but this one deserves inclusion because of its stripped-down, ready-at-a-moment’s-notice nature.  Don’t laugh when you read the ingredients. There are a mere four. Think you can handle that?

1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed well and drained
1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed and drained*
1 10-oz. can Rotel tomatoes (diced tomatoes and green chilies, either regular or mild)
3 T. chopped fresh cilantro

Combine in a bowl. Ta da!

I squeezed some fresh lime juice on mine and gave it a few turns with the pepper grinder. You could also gild the lily and add chopped sweet onion, pickled jalapenos or jarred salsa.

*You can make this an all-pantry recipe by using canned corn, but I prefer the crispiness of frozen. It also has less sodium.

Serves: 4 to 6
WW SmartPoints for 4 Servings: 4
WW SmartPoints for 6 servings: 3


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amy June 7, 2010 at 6:44 am

make this salad quite it. Iw ill definitely try it with the roasted chicken next time.

Martina June 7, 2010 at 7:00 am

Hi Hungry Poodle, thank you so much for writing about RO*TEL. We love this recipe and think you should enter it into our recipe contest for a chance to win $2,000. For more info visit

-The Rotel Across America Team

Marie June 7, 2010 at 11:13 am

I tasted Krisitn’s yesterday and it was fantastic! Only thing I said was I’d love some jalapenos in it! How funny! See you saturday!

Kristin! June 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm

YAY I made it on the site! That is funny about the lime, that’s what my sister said it needed! Great idea and thanks for sharing it with the world!

Kim L June 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I put this salad together this weekend and served it has a dip. Everyone loved it. Thank you for sharing a colorful, healthy, easy recipe. August 6, 2017 at 2:34 am

It’s actually a cool and helpful piece of info.
I am glad that you simply shared this helpful information with us.

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