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Sweet Corn Salad with Scallions, Tomatoes, and Black Beans

2011 July 29

The local corn is rolling in.  Our markets are inundated and the ears are going for 10 for $1.00.  The corn is so fresh that is just barely needs to be cooked to be enjoyed.  Usually, we simply husk and steam the ears.

I must admit that I began to second guess myself as I prepared this salad.  Cutting the corn off the cob, sauteing stove-top…could it really beat the delicious sweetness of corn in its purest form: from the cob?

Unequivocally yes. The bursting sweetness of the corn was complimented perfectly by the beans, scallions, tomatoes, peppers, and basil.  My husband ate it as a side dish.  I enjoyed a bowl full as my main course.  Either way: this salad will make it into our summer ritual.

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Sweet Corn Salad with tomatoes, scallions, and black beans (Moira Hodson)


4 ears corn on the cob
1 cup black beans (cooked or canned), drained and rinsed
2 scallions , chopped
1 ripe tomato, seeded and chopped
1 small red bell pepper , diced
1.5 tablespoons red wine vinegar , or to taste
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt , plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper , plus more to taste
2 tablespoons chopped basil , plus whole leaves for garnish
1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Shuck corn.
  2. In a shallow baking pan, stand each cob on its larger end, holding the tapered end with your noncutting hand.
  3. Using a sharp knife, slice kernels off; transfer kernels to a bowl. In a large frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté kernels until just softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Work in batches if necessary.
  4. Return corn to bowl and add beans, scallions, tomatoes and red pepper.
  5. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  6. Pour onto corn mixture, add cilantro or basil and mix well. Adjust seasoning to taste before serving.


  • Kaytorade

    There are few things better than fresh corn so sweet it doesn’t need to be cooked.

  • Jenn

    This sounds delicious!

  • Jade

    This sounds simple and flavorful!