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Farmers Market Salad

Farmers Market Salad

1 pound green beans, ends trimmed
3 to 4 ears fresh sweet corn, cooked and taken off the cob
2 cans (14 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups tomatoes, seeded and diced or grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (optional)
1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco, feta or goat cheese
3/4 cup to 1 cup Tony Chachere’s Creole Style Italian Dressing
Juice from a 1/2 lime (optional)
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add green beans and cook for about 2 minutes or until tender crisp. Drain beans and put them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Let them sit for a couple minutes in the water until cooled. This will keep them bright green. Drain the beans again and pat dry. Place green beans, corn, black beans, tomatoes, and chopped jalapeño pepper, if using, in a large bowl. Toss veggies with 3/4 to 1 cup of Tony Chachere’s Creole Style Italian Dressing until veggies are nicely coated.

Cover and refrigerate up to 3 hours.

Right before serving stir in chopped fresh cilantro, crumbled cheese, and lime juice if using. Toss to coat. Serve right away.

You can blanche the green beans and refrigerate them 2 days ahead. You can also substitute blanched asparagus for the green beans. You can add other fresh veggies from the farmer’s market, like chopped onions and bell peppers.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
Serves: 8

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