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Danielle Rose

No-Mess Corn & Black Bean Salad

Posted by Danielle Rose on September 7, 2015
No-Mess Corn & Black Bean Salad

Little known fact…correction, well known fact: I can make a mess in the kitchen like nobody can! I choose to believe that it’s indicative of my passion for cooking as opposed to a general lack of control over my limbs and surrounding objects. My never-ending mess-making tendencies in the kitchen often leaves me with splashes, splatters, crumbs, stains, and oh so much more almost every time I cook. Being a certified kitchen mess-maker, I’m always looking for new tricks and tips that could possibly deter the post-dinner kitchen chaos.

During the late summer and early fall months, one of my favourite fresh foods is corn on the cob. I love its sweetness, freshness, that juicy “pop” it makes when you sink your teeth into the kernels, and its versatility. As much as I love eating corn on the cob just as is, I think that fresh corn makes an incredibly delicious accompaniment to so many different salads. Though corn kernels in a salad are incredibly tasty, the task of cutting the kernels off the cob is generally a wildly messy one…at least for me! Cutting corn off the cob inevitably means flying corn kernels, not to mention the danger of having the cob slide around my cutting board as I attempt to cut.

Armed with a new food hack which claims to cut down on the mess of cutting corn off the cob, I came up with a simple and refreshing salad featuring, you guessed it, corn kernels! The hack states that by steadying the end of a corn cob through the centre hole of a Bundt pan, you will have the control to easily and safely cut the kernels off, allowing the bowl of the pan to catch all the kernels! I love that this salad is so low on mess and that it tastes even better the following day as the flavours develop and marinate the vegetables.

Get These

  • 3 ears corn on the cob, husks and silk removed
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato & Oregano Dressing

Do This

  1. Place a cob of corn into the centre hole of a Bundt pan. Slice kernels off the cob, allowing them to fall into the bowl of the pan. Repeat with remaining cobs.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together corn, black beans, bell pepper, onion, cilantro and dressing. Chill until ready to serve.

DONE!

No-Mess Corn & Black Bean Salad
  • This recipe serves 4.
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