Tony Chachere's cool, crisp and zesty Farmer's Market Salad by The Cooking Mom is perfect for whatever veggies you have in the kitchen.

The summer heat often brings a desire to eat a fresh, cool salad … and this is the one you’ve been craving. The Farmer’s Market Salad by The Cooking Mom is an easy way to use vegetables that are in season, or to use up what you have left in the fridge without having to go to the store. It’s bright, colorful and full of a crisp, herbal zesty flavor thanks to Tony Chachere’s Creole-Style Italian Dressing.

1 Lb. Green Beans, Ends Trimmed
3-4 Ears Fresh Sweet Corn, Cooked and Taken Off the Cob
2 Cans (14 oz. Each) Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained
2 Cups Tomatoes, Seeded and Diced or Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, Cut in Half
1 Jalapeño Pepper, Chopped (Optional)
¼ Cup Crumbled Queso Fresco, Feta or Goat Cheese
¾ Cup – 1 Cup Tony Chachere’s Creole-Style Italian Dressing
Juice from ½ Lime (Optional)
½ Cup Fresh Cilantro, Chopped

Prep Time:       20 Minutes
Cook Time:      2 Minutes
Serves:            8

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add green beans and cook for about 2 minutes or until tender.
  3. Drain beans and put them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Let them sit for a couple of minutes in the water until cooled. (This will keep them bright green.)
  4. Drain the beans again and pat dry.
  5. Place green beans, corn, black beans, tomatoes and chopped jalapeño pepper, if using, in a large bowl.
  6. Toss veggies with ¾ to 1 cup of Tony’s Creole-Style Italian Dressing until veggies are nicely coated.
  7. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 hours.
  8. Right before serving, stir in chopped fresh cilantro, crumbled cheese and lime juice, if using. Toss to coat. Serve right away.


  • You can blanch the green beans and refrigerate them 2 days ahead.
  • You can also substitute blanched asparagus for the green beans.
  • You can add other fresh veggies from the farmer’s market, like chopped onions and bell peppers.