Monday, March 26, 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Corn and Black Bean Pasta Salad

It's Secret Recipe Club time again!  And I found another amazing recipe, this time from Amy, the Fearless Homemaker!  Amy's blog is super cute with tons of great recipes, entertaining ideas, and crafts, plus cool stories, like how Amy and her husband pulled off a beautiful surprise wedding!  Again, I had a hard time narrowing it down to just one recipe, but in the end, I chose to make this delicious Corn and Black Bean Pasta Salad.  The pasta salad was a great choice. Every bite was bursting with flavor.  Both N and I went back for seconds, and I practically shoveled this pasta salad into my mouth.  Despite my longstanding hatred of anything cilantro, I didn't mind the cilantro oil dressing on the salad.  As Amy mentioned in her post, the cilantro is very subtle in this salad.  So even if you don't like cilantro, have no fear and give this salad a try!  This recipe will definitely be on my menu this summer, it would be great to take to a BBQ, and using fresh summer corn and tomatoes will put this over the top!  Thanks to Amy for sharing the recipe!

Secret Recipe Club

Corn and Black Bean Pasta Salad
From the Fearless Homemaker (originally adapted from Bran Appetit)

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
3/4 lb. pasta (I used Fusilli)
Kernels from 3 ears of corn (or 1 small can of summer corn)
2 jalapenos, seeds removed and pepper diced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 large tomatoes, diced
Juice from 1 lime
1/3 cup Feta cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a small bowl, stir the minced cilantro into the 1/2 cup olive oil + let this sit until ready to serve.

Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced jalapenos and cook 3-4 minutes until softened. Toss the corn kernels into the pan with the peppers + cook, stirring occasionally, until the corn starts to brown. Add the black beans and heat a few minutes longer, until heated through.

In a large bowl, toss the pasta, corn, jalapenos, black beans and cilantro oil together. Add in the diced tomatoes, lime juice, and feta cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm, chilled, or at room temperature, depending on your preference.


  1. This looks so delicious! I will have to make it soon!

  2. I love pasta salad! Perfect for the summer! I've added Chinese Pork Dumplings. Stop by if you get a chance!

  3. We love a good pasta salad for the summer months!!! I will have to add it to our meal list:-)

  4. This is one of my favorite types of pasta! Cold pasta salads just scream spring/summer to me! Great choice (:

  5. Yay, I'm so glad you liked it! My husband doesn't like cilantro at all, so when he ate a big ol' serving, I figured that it was a good sign. =) Your picture looks absolutely gorgeous, by the way - it really highlights all of the freshness of the salad perfectly. Thanks so much for your kind words about my blog + i'm so thrilled to meet you through SRC!

  6. Boy does this look good, I love just about anything that has cilantro in it. It will be the perfect way to use some of my homegrown tomatoes, and sweet corn this summer.

  7. This looks fabulous and terrific choice for the SRC! I can't wait for fresh heirloom tomatoes to get here and they will definitely land in this salad, ;o)

  8. This looks great! Simple and fresh and flavorful. Will have to try this soon, totally up my alley with all of the different flavors!

  9. Love this! So refreshing and great for summer!

  10. This is something my son and hubs would go nuts for. Love the look of this one. I'd have to do it sans tomato but I'd just add more corn. Lol!

  11. This looks fresh and ready for Spring! I have all the ingredients, it is on my list for this week. Thanks

  12. What a pretty salad! It looks and sounds awesome, thanks!

  13. Just found your blog and I love it! This looks so fresh and tasty! :)

  14. Thanks for the sweet comments everyone! The salad was so good, and I'm so glad I found it via Amy's blog Fearless Homemaker! Looking forward to checking out all of your recipes too!

  15. I love pasta salad! It is my favorite summer time salad when we BBQ. sounds so good!

  16. This looks really good and fresh! I make something like this so I'll def have to try this out, it would be perfect for summer!

  17. corn and black beans are pretty much made for each other. bookmarking :)

    happy (belated) src reveal day!

  18. This looks so good my family would love it. I just found your blog its great. Come check out my blog at

    Have a Great Day :)


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