How to Make Bean Salad

The basic bean salad features beans (canned or freshly made) with corn kernels (canned, frozen or fresh). However, parsley, basil or cilantro can add a better taste to the salad. Tomatoes, lemon juice and/ or lime juice, jalapeño or cumin will give it a kick, and avocado and olive oil will smooth it down. Adding a little bit of sugar almost always helps balance the acid from the citrus and tomatoes, and makes for a better tasting salad. Read on to learn how to make a bean salad.


Step 1

If you are using canned beans, rinse and drain the beans. If you decide to use fresh beans, make sure they are thoroughly cooked, drained and cooled off. This helps reduce the side effects of gas, and also to reduce sodium.

Step 2

Combine the beans, corn, onions, jalapeño chile peppers, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, basil, lime juice and olive oil in a large bowl.

Step 3

Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste. Add the vinaigrette and toss lightly. Allow the bean salad to marinate at least an hour in the vinaigrette; the longer the salad marinates the better the flavor. Also add sugar to help balance the acidity from the tomatoes and lime juice.

Step 4

Chill before serving. The dish is enough to serve eight.

Tips and Warnings

This salad is best if it has at least a couple hours to marinate. Make sure the beans are well drained or your salad will taste flat and weak. Also, this salad is great with fresh herbs. Don't use dried herbs.

Things You'll Need

15 oz. can of beans, thoroughly rinsed, and drained (or 1 1/2 cup of freshly cooked beans), 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, defrosted (or fresh corn, parboiled, drained and cooled), 1/2 cup chopped green onions or shallots, Two fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced, or one whole pickled jalapeño pepper, minced (not seeded), Three fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped, One avocado, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks, 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro, 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil, 2 tbsp. lime juice (about the amount of juice from one lime), 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 to 1 tsp. of sugar (to taste), Salt and pepper to taste, Vinaigarette