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Cherry Tomato, Corn and Black Bean Salad

Are you ready for the most amazing summer salad to date?

Fresh, sweet, and full of flavor?

If you answered, yes, then I have got the recipe for you!!! This recipe came about all because I was trying to use up some leftovers! The best part is that I was planning to recipe develop the night I created this salad, but because I’m now programed to write every ingredient/measurement known to man down on paper –I decided to write down this recipe. O-M-G I’m glad I did! This salad is perfect for picnics… does not need to be refrigerated (because it has no mayo)! The chunks of fresh corn, the diced cilantro, the zing of lime–all play big roles to this recipe. The night I made this salad I accompanied it with grilled chopped chicken tacos (recipe to come).

cherry tomato, corn, and black bean salad

I’m also excited to share this recipe today because I’m participating in the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange  hosted by Gimme Some Oven & Bake Your Day, and sponsored this week by BigKitchen. This 2 month long event is to increase awareness of the International Justice Mission’s Recipe for Change campaign.

A unique partnership between farmworkers and tomato growers called the Fair Food Program has made enormous strides in ending slavery and other abuses in Florida’s tomato fields. Supermarkets can help guarantee an end to slavery and other serious abuses in the tomato supply chain by joining the Fair Food Program. This summer, we have a Recipe for Change: Join us as we campaign for guaranteed slave-free tomatoes. Click here to learn how you can get involved!

cherry tomato, corn, and black bean salad

It wasn’t until earlier this year when I attended the Southeast Produce Council Conference that I learned about the slavery issues we have right here in Florida when it comes to tomato farming. Just a few years ago, Florida’s tomato fields were called “ground zero” for modern-day slavery in the United States. I hope you will take a stand against slavery and other human rights abuses in the tomato industry with me to ensure that the tomatoes that we love are harvested by farmworkers in an environment of safety and basic dignity.

cherry tomato corn and black bean salad

Source: Katie Original Recipe

Cherry Tomato, Corn and Black Bean Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 2 ears corn on the cob, removed
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, diced
  • 2 tbsp roasted red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lime, zest of and juiced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped


  1. In a large bowl add corn that has been removed from the cob, drained black beans, 1/4 cup each of cilantro and green onions, 2 tablespoons roasted red bell pepper, 2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered, 1 tsp salt, zest and juice of 1 lime, and 1 jalapeno. Mix well and chill until ready to serve!


*This is an original Katie's Cucina recipe.


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10 Responses to “Cherry Tomato, Corn and Black Bean Salad”

  1. Cathy @ Noble Pig posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:17 am (#)

    That is just my dinner right there..gorgeous with those tacos!! I mean, I could eat it off the screen it looks so appetizing! Best photographed tacos I’ve seen in a long time!

    • Katie replied on July 25th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      WOW! Thanks Cathy that compliment means a lot to me! I’ll be posting the taco recipe next week–stay tuned!

  2. Cassie posted on July 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm (#)

    Thanks again for posting Katie, your salad looks so fabulous!

    • Katie replied on July 25th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Cassie, my pleasure! Thank you for co-hosting such an important and informative event!

  3. diane sykes posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm (#)

    Yum! Again you inspire me to pack a beautiful, healthy lunch! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Lacey - Small Town Cookie posted on July 26, 2012 at 10:41 am (#)

    Mmm. I want a big bowl of that and a bag of Juanita’s Tortilla Chips.

  5. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on July 26, 2012 at 10:54 am (#)

    This looks amazing! I love the big chunks of corn! YUM!

  6. Kim Bee posted on July 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm (#)

    Katie this is such a wonderful dish. Love your photos. The color just pops. Such a wonderful cause too.

    • Katie replied on July 27th, 2012 at 9:27 am

      THanks Kim for the kind compliments!

  7. Cara Craves... posted on August 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm (#)

    This is beautiful!

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