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Corn Salad Modification

I love this recipe. I am thinking about adding some canned pintos. I don't want to ruin a good recipe, not to mention the cost. Who thinks this will be good with the beans added?

Mexican Corn Salad

4 cups (2 16 oz cans) whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained
½ cup chopped sweet onions (maybe sautéed)
2 T green bell pepper flakes
½ cup sliced pimento stuffed green olives
½ cup mayonnaise
1 ½ t chili powder
¼ t salt
¼- ½ t pepper

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  1. Salads are very forgiving. Adding beans to this one will be fine. If you add one 14-16 oz can of
    beans (any kind), you might want to up the onions, olives, and mayo by 25-50% but taste it first.

    1. Yeah, this is just a jumping off point. You could add diced red pepper, your beans, lime juice, cumin - lots of options. Though I'd probably prefer to stick with raw fresh corn.

      1. depends upon what else you might be serving too.

        unless they are already in your pantry, i wouldn't make a special trip for the bell pepper flakes. they won't add much flavor. some grated lime or orange zest would though.

        1. I would add black beans, and maybe some diced fresh red bell and jalepeno

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          1. re: maxie

            That's what I was thinking, too. And, lime juice/zest. I'd probably go a step further, get rid of the mayo and do a lime juice/oil based dressing, cilantro; use Trader Joe's roasted frozen corn. But, then that would be a whole different salad.

            1. re: chowser

              I think that might partially be all of our intent. Replace the mayo with lime juice, cider vinegar, oil and a bit of honey!

              Maybe it's secretly amazing as written.

              1. re: chowser

                I would do that as well, but the OP seems to like the mayo version. I would do olive oil and lime juice, grilled corn, fresh cilantro, tomato, cucumber, mango and avocado.

            2. It'll be good. But if in doubt, next time you make the salad add some beans to one serving first and see if you like it.