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Bell Pepper, Corn, and Bean Salad
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NDSU Extension
Serving Size
Serving Size:
1 ½ cups

Bell Pepper, Corn, and Bean Salad

Recipe Type

A light yet filling salad.



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, vegetable oil, or your favorite cooking oil
  • 1 cup corn, frozen or canned, rinsed and drained 
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1 (15-ounce) very low sodium canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained*
  • 1 (15-ounce) very low sodium canned dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained*
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped into 1 in. pieces** 
  • 1 medium head romaine, quartered lengthwise through the core, washed 
  • ½ cup of low-sodium salsa, your preferred brand
  • ⅓ cup your favorite cheese, optional 
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish, optional 
  • Salad dressing, optional


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook until onion is tender (4-5 minutes). Stir in garlic, chili powder, and cumin; cook and stir occasionally for 1 minute. 

Add beans, corn, bell pepper, and salsa; heat through, stirring occasionally (5-10 minutes).

Serve over romaine wedges (2 wedges per plate) and sprinkle with optional toppings or dressing. 

*You can substitute any bean/legume you prefer

**You can substitute or add any bell pepper you prefer

Dietary and Nutrition


There are several types and varieties of lettuce. The most popular are four: Romaine, Butterhead, Iceberg, and Green Leaf. 

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