If there’s one salad that I’m craving on a regular basis, it is this one. Yet, it was not love at first bite. Indeed the salad is very yummy – so the taste is not to blame. Rather it was due to my expectation at that time to get a complete dinner served. My hunger and my appetite had been looking forward to it. Arrgh, the pitfalls of communication! Maybe you can imagine how disappointed I was when I noticed that I was “fobbed off” with beans and corn (at least this is how I felt at that time).
Well, many, many years have passed, and despite the bumpy start of the relationship, a pure, intimate, unconditional love has evolved. This bean-corn salad and I are now inseparable. In my mind’s eye I picture myself as an elderly lady holding a huge bowl filled with this salad and gorging on it with a big spoon.
How could it be otherwise, as it not only tastes fantastic, but is also nutritious and satisfying. Yes, beans make you full. And above all: It is prepared in no time. That’s why I call it the bachelor salad (and also because it was served to me by a bachelor back then). You probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards or in the pantry (canned corn, kidney beans, and a red onion, which may be replaced by a yellow one), and the only “work” is to peel and chop the onion.
I love the salad on its own. But of course it also enjoys the company of a piece of bread or of a veggie patty. By the way, this salad is very popular at parties, in fact, it is the star among salads and is usually the first one to vanish. You can make it either 5 minutes before the party or the day before as it keeps well in the fridge.
|Quick and Satiating Kidney Bean and Corn Salad With Red Onion|| |
- 450g cooked kidney beans (drained weight), drained and rinsed
- 250g cooked corn (drained weight), drained and rinsed
- 1 Very small red onion
- 3 Tablespoons rapeseed oil (or any other neutral tasting oil)
- 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- Peel the red onion and chop it finely. Mix it with the remaining ingredients.
- Season with salt and pepper.