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!


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

I’ll give you another visual hint.


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.


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

Do you need a hint for it, too?


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!


  • 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


  • 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.



20 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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