A South of the Border Classic with the Addition of Fisher® Pecans!
Fisher® Nuts Black Bean & Corn Salad
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Ingredients
  • 1 can (14 oz.) of Black Beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1.5 C Corn Kernels (frozen)
  • 1 C Red Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 C Red Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 t Cumin, ground
  • 1 t hot sauce
  • 1 T Lime Juice
  • 1 T Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped Fisher® Chef’s Naturals Pecans
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Tools & Equipment
  • Colander
  • Chef's Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Medium Mixing Bowl
Estimated Time
10 Minutes
Yield
8 Servings
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We appreciate Fisher® Nuts sharing this South of the Border classic which has all of the standard ingredients... with the special addition of Fisher® Pecans!

Preparation

Begin your Preparation, the second of Smart Kitchen®'s Four Levers of Cooking™, by Tempering the frozen Corn kernels. They may take half an hour to an hour or more to come to room temperature. The length of time they take to Thaw will be dependent on how cold they were held frozen and how warm your kitchen is on any given day.

Next prepare the produce by Dicing the Red Bell Pepper, Slicing the Red Onion Chopping the Cilantro, chopping the Fisher® Pecans and Juicing the Lime. Because there is so much variation in produce in the real world we can only offer you estimates about how much of each ingredient that you should buy. Roughly, one Bell Pepper should yield about one cup of diced bell pepper. A small Onion should yield almost a full cup of sliced onion. You should only need one quarter of a small onion here. A whole Lime usually has around 2 T of juice. You should only need half a lime to get 1T. You should be able to produce one Tablespoon (1 T) of Cilantro from about one tenth of a bunch of Cilantro.

Try to get all of the produce ingredients to a manageable size that will make for a good bite. If you want to practice some of the cutting techniques, follow the links to the Smart Kitchen exercises and resources they will help you work more safely and more quickly.

Finally, open the canned Black Beans and rinse and drain them. When everything is ready, move on to the Method phase, the final assembly phase, You can work a little bit ahead but you should not leave your ingredients out more than an hour or two before making and serving this Black Bean & Corn Salad.

Method

The Method phase is pretty straight forward. Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium-sized Mixing Bowl. We would probably Toss the ingredients together gently, with our freshly washed hands, but you can mix the ingredients in any number of ways. Other options are stirring gently, circulating the bowl, or "jumping" the ingredients as a chef would when Sautéing. The important part is that everything is mixed together to yield a good bite and not damaged or broken down in the process.

 

Flair, the fourth lever of Smart Kitchen®'s Four Levers of Cooking™ means adding your own personal touch. You can apply your own flair by how you Plate the Black Bean & Corn Salad, how you season it, how you serve it. For example, you could plate it in a bowl, mounded on a plate, as a Side Dish, etc. You could even serve it over another complimentary item. Similarly, you could serve it immediately, or serve it chilled, by briefly returning it to the refrigerator before service. You are the chef, it is up to you.