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Skillet-Toasted Corn, Tomato and Anasazi Bean Salad

Posted in Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian), Salads by janet @ the taste space on September 9, 2011


Buying a dozen ears of corn on impulse means lots of corny recipes!

Eating corn as a simple side is delicious right from the cob, but my specialty is one-pot meals. Preferably with beans. I have started to feel that a meal isn’t complete if there are no beans. I miss them that much. ;)

I already knew this was going to be the year of the bean, but I have been slow on trying out my heirloom beans. I have a hard time using up an ingredient that will be nearly impossible for me to replenish. But after reorganizing my kitchen into a virtual bean library with rows of Mason jars housing my beans, it became apparent just how many beans I have! Lots! And I should really start to cook with them. It will be ok, even if I love them to bits. It will just give us an excuse to wander back to New York or San Francisco.

Imagine how excited I was to find a salad for both corn and heirloom beans. Martha called for Jacob’s Cattle Beans. I went downstairs to soak them.

Except I couldn’t find Jacob’s Cattle Beans. My beans are organized by use, and the heirloom beans by colour… not alphabetically. I scoured my list of beans I bought from Kalustyan’s and turns out I don’t have Jacob’s Cattle Beans. Drats! I googled a bit and figured Anasazi beans could substitute as they are a sweeter, mealy bean similar to Jacob’s Cattle Beans. Colourfully dappled when dry, they sadly loose their fun colours after cooking. Anasazi beans are quick cooking, and apparently don’t need any pre-soaking (although I did anyways). Pinto beans could easily substitute if you are heirloom-less.

Now that we had our bean selection under control, I got the beans simmering the next afternoon. Each component of the salad was meant to shine, so meanwhile, I toasted the corn kernels in a skillet over the stovetop. Next, I cooked down some cocktail tomatoes with thyme. I tried to cook the tomatoes in a non-stick wok without oil but they stuck anyways. If you add oil it may not be a problem for you, but to capture all those browned bits, I deglazed the pan with some the broth from the cooked beans. I threw in the beans and corn to help meld the flavours. The dressing was simple, with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, chili flakes and salt and it rounded out the salad nicely. Served on top of your leafy green of choice, you have a typical one-pot Janet bean salad.

This is my submission to Deb for this week’s Souper Sundays, to Ivonne at Cream Puffs in Venice for this week’s Magazine Mondays, and to this month’s Monthly Mingle featuring Scintillating Salads.

Skillet-Toasted Corn, Tomato and Anasazi Bean Salad

1 cup dried anasazi beans (or pinto, or appaloosa, or pink bean), soaked overnight and rinsed (or 2 cups canned beans)
1 bay leaf
2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears of corn)
1 garlic clove, sliced
12 cocktail tomatoes, quartered (350g)
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
3 tbsp good-quality balsamic vinegar
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp Aleppo chili flakes, or to taste
1/2 tsp salt (consider adding a touch of smoked salt), or to taste
8 Romaine lettuce leaves

1.  Place beans with enough water or vegetable broth to cover by 1-2″ of water. Add bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer gently. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, about 40 minutes. Drain, reserving some of the broth, and transfer to a bowl.

2. Heat a large, heavy non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, and add corn. Cook, stirring occasionally, until corn begins to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until corn is browned and begins to pop, another 3 to 4 minutes. Add to beans.

3. Wipe skillet, return to medium-high heat, and add 1 teaspoon oil. Add tomatoes, in a single layer, and thyme. Cook, turning occasionally, until soft and beginning to char, 6 to 7 minutes.

4. By this time, the tomatoes had stuck to my pan, so I deglazed with a bit of broth. Add the beans and corn to the tomatoes and simmer until broth has nearly evaporated. Remove from heat.

5. Meanwhile, whisk oil, vinegar, red-pepper flakes, and salt in a small bowl. Pour over beans, stirring gently. Spoon over lettuce, and serve.

Serves 6.

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  1. Caitlin said, on September 9, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    wow- your bean collection is amazing! your salad looks delicious and filling, too. i’ve never heard of anasazi beans!

  2. Priya said, on September 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Nutritious and satisfying salad..

  3. Ranjani @ Four Seasons of Food said, on September 9, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Those rows of jars are just gorgeous! Using mason jars to organize (and show off) your pantry is such a great idea

  4. Joanne said, on September 9, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Umm wow. Your bean collection is gorgeous! And if you ever need me to send you beans from Kalustyan’s – have no fear! I’m more than happy to do so.

    This salad looks delicious. I’ve been trying to incorporate corn into all my meals since it’s so good now and I can’t wait to try this!

  5. Cathy@ What Would Cathy Eat? said, on September 9, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    I thought my bean collection was extensive but you put me to shame!

  6. Beth said, on September 10, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    What a great pantry you have! Looks like a wonderful recipe.

  7. Julia said, on September 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    I have never seen such an extensive or beautiful selection of beans. I wonder if there’s somewhere in LA that carries such a wide variety?

  8. DebinHawaii said, on September 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Your bean collection is outstanding. I covet it! ;-) This salad looks wonderful–I love all of the ingredients. I am sure it is wonderful with the sweet toasty corn. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays.

  9. Cara said, on September 11, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    I’m so impressed with your bean collection! Not only is it organized, but beautiful and eye-catching!

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