Spicy corn, black bean & feta salad on a plate

Spicy corn, black bean & feta salad

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(61 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 2

An exciting main-course salad, packed with interesting flavours and textures and a hit of spice

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal612
  • fat38g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre9g
  • protein24g
  • salt2.83g
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  • 2 sweetcorn


    sw-eet corn

    Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

  • 400g can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 spring onions, roughly chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • lime wedges, to serve (optional)



    The same shape, but smaller than…

For the dressing

  • 1 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 1 tbsp chipotle Tabasco sauce (use regular Tabasco if you can't find this)
  • juice and zest 2 limes



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Boil the corn for 10 mins in salted water, rinse in cold water, then cut the kernels off. Tip the beans into a bowl with the cooked corn, avocado, tomatoes and spring onions.

  2. Mix the dressing ingredients with some seasoning, then pour over the salad. Toss together well, scatter the feta over the top and serve with lime wedges, if using.

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24th Jan, 2020
I made this a few nights ago as a side dish to go with beef tacos. The tacos are my husbands favorite but my daughter and I are not big fans, so I thought a main course style salad would work well for us so we could skip the meat if we wanted. It was delicious! The only thing I changed was I put lime juice on the avocado to try to stop it turning brown. This recipe would work well as a main course with bread or potatoes, and also would be great as a side dish at a bbq. Its not spicy really just very flavorful, so would go well with burgers, steak etc. The lime saved the avocado so I had leftovers for lunch the next day with a plain green salad.
13th Mar, 2019
This is so yummy and flavourful!! The recipe states to use regular Tabasco if you can't find the Chipotle one. I don't understand why as they have completely different flavours. I hate regular Tabasco but love the chipotle one. I'd advise trying to find another brand chipotle sauce or something else with a smoky flavour. Apart from that, I would eat this every day if I could!
17th Jun, 2018
This is the most amazing salad, I make time and time again and never fails to wow. Works well with lentils if you don't have beans, chilli sauce is just as good as tabasco but otherwise follow it to the letter and it won't let you down!
8th Jul, 2017
substituted tobasco for chilli powder. I think this recipe would also work well with a mixed bean salad if you can't get hold of black beans. Also tinned sweetcorn would be fine to use.
4th May, 2015
Easy, quick and full of good stuff - I will adding this to the Salad rotation menu in my house, makes a nice change and well tasty!
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2nd Feb, 2015
Really tasty. I would personally add more cumin and Tabasco sauce though.
27th Oct, 2014
So easy to make and such a yummy, scrummy salad! I cheated on the corn (used frozen sweetcorn instead of corn on the cobs) but the end result was just as tasty! To complete the meal I added boiled new potatoes and griddled chicken breasts that I marinated quickly in the salad dressing. Will definitely be cooking this again!
28th Sep, 2014
I have a salad just like this, the only exception being that in the south west they would not have used feta for the cheese. (I'm in Colorado, US where we have a large Mexican/Hispanic population and southwest us food is prevalent here) Any sort of crumbly Mexican cheese would be good. Queso Fresco is what I use. Also if you can find it, try Cholula hot sauce brand instead. I do like how light this recipe is! I couldn't find my recipe so I was looking around on the internet for one and stumbled across this, which is very close to the one I have..somewhere buried in my cookbook cabinet. ;)
17th Sep, 2014
So tasty, I added an extra avacado, some halloumi and two peppers- yum
14th Sep, 2014
Fab recipe, I forgot the beans, but it was great anyway, and everyone commented on how much they liked it, so a winner


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