a cold salad recipe for the dog days of summer

This is my new favorite food:

it is SO EASY. Only 4 ingredients TOTAL, unless you get creative and add more. It’s healthy. Chock full of fiber, protein and vitamins and low in fat. It’s refreshing and cold, and keeps for a long time. Best of all? It requires NO cooking. We survive/enjoy summer with a single window mounted air conditioner in the living room? It’s SO nice in there. It’s SO awful, for HOURS, in the kitchen, if I cook anything at all.

I don’t have a name for this, but I think I read once that it was referred to as “Texas Caviar”? I like that. Anyhoo-

Drain 1 can of black beans (you can save $$ making beans yourself, but the point is NOT to heat up the kitchen, bright eyes)

and did you know there are 7 grams of protein in just a 1/2 cup of black beans? sooo good for you…put that in a bowl,

then add a drained  can of Ro-tel diced tomatoes. This adds a nice kick, but you can use the “mild” version of Ro-tel, if you are a chicken-chicken sissypants.

Now, fill one of these empty cans with frozen sweet corn, and add to the rest. The original recipe called for canned corn. BLECH. DOUBLE BLECH. If this blog had audio, you would hear a little recording of me, making loud vomity sounds. For I have NEVER, in 20 years, brought into my home, nor fed my precious family, the mushy horror that IS canned corn. If you prefer, you can use it!

Just don’t tell me, as I won’t be able to respect you any longer.

oh and my sister-in-law turned me on to Trader Joes cut white corn, in the frozen aisle, and it is the BEST. I always buy 4 bags when we go there! so thanks Anne!

I add green onions because I love them, and it adds pretty color to the dish, but they can easily be omitted. Cilantro-same story.

now, add 1/2 of a packaged envelope of powdered ranch dressing (I like Uncle Dans, no MSG! but any will do) 

Stir well and refrigerate. YOU ARE DONE!

The photo above you can see pinto beans, because I was distracted and added the whole envelope of ranch. Then the flavor was too strong, so I doubled up the beans and added more corn, just to tone it down a bit.

To increase the health factor, next time I might chop up some cucumbers and add them.  

Now, this is delicious with a spoon, but better for you heaped upon a bed of greens. It tastes great eaten salsa style, with Tostitos Scoops. Or you can top it with cheddar cheese and heat it for just a bit, rolled in a tortilla. I haven’t tried it yet over rice or a baked potato, but I am guessing it would be yummy.

The nice thing is, the longer it is in the fridge, the more the flavors meld and the better it tastes!

unless it’s been 3 weeks.

Then you are in a situation that is more mold, than meld.


About sparrowjourney

Christian homeschooling mom to three boys, married to my best friend, John, for over 20 years. I love gardening without gloves, learning history with my kids, cooking with lots of butter, serving others, great books, rich coffee, studying the Bible, camping outdoors, scrapbooking, vintage home decor, the smell of rain and cut grass, authentic people, poetry, laughing until your sides hurt, and babies. oh and black licorice is pretty awesome.
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