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Corn and black bean salad

Corn and black bean salad

You can make this salad a day or two in advance, but don't add the dressing until just before serving.

Serves 4 to 6 as a side dish

15- to 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed1 cup uncooked fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels1 large ripe tomato, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1/2 cup)2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar or distilled white vinegar2 teaspoons minced garlic1 teaspoon sugar1 teaspoon chile powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1. Place the black beans, corn, tomato, onion and parsley in a large bowl and stir gently to combine.

2. To make dressing, whisk together the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

3. Just before serving, pour the dressing over the bean mixture and toss to coat. Can be kept at room temperature for up to 6 hours.

Nutritional analysis per serving, based on 4: 270 calories, 15 grams fat, 28 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams protein, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 406 milligrams sodium, 8 grams dietary fiber, 48 percent of calories from fat.

-"Food To Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook" by Myra Goodman with Linda Holland and Pamela McKinstry (Workman Publishing, $21.95)

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