Black Bean Salad with Spicy Crispix (TM) Croutons

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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2 cups Kellogg's (R) Crispix (R) cereal

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

2 teaspoons vegetable oil or melted butter

1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed

10 to 12 grape tomatoes, halved

1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, divided

1/3 to 2/3 cup bottled vinaigrette, divided or Chili Lime Vinaigrette, recipe follows

1 package (5 oz.) salad greens

Chili Lime Vinaigrette:

2 teaspoons hot sauce, such as Cholula

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 teaspoons agave nectar

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Zest and juice of 1 lime

Fresh ground pepper


  1. For croutons, in a 1-gallon zipper-type plastic bag, combine KELLOGG'S CRISPIX cereal, chili powder, cumin, and garlic salt. Pour vegetable oil or butter over cereal mixture. Seal bag and gently toss until evenly coated. Store in an airtight container up to 3 days.
  2. In a large bowl combine beans, corn, tomatoes, chiles, onion, and half the cilantro. Toss with 1/3 cup vinaigrette; cover and chill 30 minutes or up to 8 hours. Place greens on platter. Arrange bean salad over greens. Top with remaining cilantro and cereal croutons. 
  3. Serve with remaining vinaigrette (if desired). Season salad to taste with salt and pepper.

Chili Lime Vinaigrette:

  1. Whisk together the hot sauce, olive oil, agave nectar, chili powder, salt, lime zest and juice. Season with freshly ground pepper. Serve with Black Bean Salad with Spicy Crispix (TM) Croutons.