I adapted this from a salad I saw done on Grillin' and Chillin' (Food Network) back in '98. It's perfect for picnics and barbecues, easy to fix, and can be done ahead.
Serves: 4

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper -- to taste
1 can pinto beans (15-1/2 opz.) -- rinsed and drained
1 cup fresh white or yellow corn
2 green onions with tops -- chopped
1 frresh or canned serrano or jalapeno chile -- chopped
1 roasted red bell pepper -- chopped
Chopped fresh ciilantro to taste

DRESSING: In a small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients. Mix well, taste and adjust seasonings, and sset aside.

SALAD: In a mwedium bowl, gently mix beans, corn, green onions chile and red pepper. Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss gently. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve on lettuce leaves if desired.

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