F x 3 Salad

I am officially changing the name of this salad. Originally, when I published it in My Recipe Magic,  I called it Tricolor Salad. That was last year, red sweet bell peppers were in season, and the salad was truly tricolor: red, black, and yellow. Without a second thought, I published the recipe. The second thought came a while later, when it occurred to me that tricolors are usually flags, and this particular combination must be a flag of some country, and I have seen it recently but don’t remember where. Google to the rescue!

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This is not a Social Studies quiz, beautiful people, but what do you think – where are we?

I’ll give you another visual hint.

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That’s right, in Brussels, and the black-red-yellow tricolor with vertical bands is  a Belgian flag. That’s where I saw it, and what a precious gem of a city!

Next question, and this one should be easy.

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Come on, you’ve all seen this one about two weeks ago!

Do you need a hint for it, too?

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That’s a famous German Reichstag (German Parliament) glass dome flying a German tricolor – same colors but horizontal bands.

And anyway, bell peppers of all colors are in season now, so why not forget those pesky tricolors altogether and make a pepper confetti instead!  That’s exactly what I did.

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When I lined up all four ingredients to take a picture, I liked it much better with confetti than with only red peppers. It looked festive, it looked fun, it looked Floridian! I’ve already posted one weird name, C x 3 Muffins (click here to see), why not continue in the same whimsical – read crazy! – vein?  Festive Fun in Florida is F x 3, so from now and forever, this salad will be introduced as F x 3 Salad. Mix corn with black beans, red onion, and sweet pepper confetti, add some fresh parsley, and have fun!

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Let’s not forget to season it with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and fresh ground pepper. It’s a great salad that combines the healthy starches of corn with the protein of black beans and the vitamins of peppers. It’s also easy to throw together on a moment’s notice, as long as you have some corn, black beans, and pepper confetti in your freezer, or a store you can run to within minutes.

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I’ve seen numerous versions of corn and black beans combinations, and in many Mediterranean restaurants and stores they garnish it with red peppers, but what makes my F x 3 salad different is the important role of peppers in the overall flavor of it. Try it and see for yourself!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cup black beans, cooked or frozen and defrosted (1 can can be used instead, but rinsed very well)
  • 1 1/2 cup corn, cooked or frozen and defrosted. I find canned corn too watery or too mushy, while frozen corn keeps texture.
  • 3/4 cup multicolored bell pepper confetti (finely diced)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon red onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

PROCEDURE

  • To make pepper confetti, take several bell peppers of different colors each, clean, wash, dry thoroughly, and dice very fine. Freeze leftover confetti in Ziploc bag.
  • Combine all ingredients, season with oil and vinegar, add salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly.

Enjoy!

 

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Off to the kitchen! Where’s that tin of beans again?

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  2. Sumith Babu says:

    Like your F3 salad!! Salad looks ery vibrant. Since last two days I was running after baby cucumbers in Indian shops. Will try again tomorrow.😊

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    1. This is unbelievable: both you and Priya are trying to find those “baby cucumbers,” and all I have to do is to walk into a store, and there they are! On the other hand, I’d love to try your recipes, but most of those specifically Indian spices are not kosher certified. Paradox!

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      1. Sumith Babu says:

        Dolly😊it’s gone a challenge for me now. It’s week end, won’t come back home with out baby cucumbers!!

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      2. I didn’t mean to put you through so much trouble, but good luck on your treasure hunt!

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      3. Sumith Babu says:

        Not at all Dolly. It’s my pleasure. Got it and will be doing it today😊

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      4. I am so excited! Do you know how to post a guest post on my blog? Because I don’t – I am technologically challenged.

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      5. Sumith Babu says:

        I am new to word press. If once I post can you reblogg it.

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      6. I don’t know, but let’s try it this way, and we’ll see!

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      7. Sumith Babu says:

        Let me try first, If failed you reblogg it. That’s the way we learn. I am trying to bring the best in me in this post. Bit challenging for me😊. A post on “World’s accurate food delivery” Mom’s recipe all the way from kerala😄

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      8. Let’s try – you are in the lead on this one!

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  3. Beautiful salad! Looks so refreshing and healthy 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I like your recipes too, and I will be trying some of them.

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      1. Thank you so much! 🙂 ❤

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  4. Masala Vegan says:

    Looks delicious 😀 Love the cat towel in the background! Finally have found the “tindys” so shall put up something without too many spices 😊

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    1. Thank you! All my kitchen towels, as well as many other things in the house, have cats on them. I am so glad you’ve found them! Can’t wait to see your guest post, and please don’t limit spices; on the contrary, i expect you to compensate for what I am lacking, to share it with beautiful people out there who can and will use spices. Looking forward to it!

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