Aug 9, 2015

EASY BLACK BEAN SALAD

I have been craving a black bean salad for a while now. I kept forgetting to buy the black beans though.
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Finally  I picked some up and made a big container of bean salad to take to work for lunches this week.

I didn’t have a “go to” recipe so I went online to see what I could find that sounded good. One of the first recipes I saw called for adding mango to the salad.

What? Mango? I love mangoes but better yet I had a jar of a mango/peach salsa in my fridge that I had bought at Costco. Says it has a hint of habanero in it too. It is a delicious salsa.

It just occurred to me that I don’t have to do hardly any work for this salad if I just throw in a bit of fresh green onions, celery and cilantro.
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So here you go:

1 can of black beans, rinsed
1 can of kidney beans, rinsed
1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed
2 cups of fresh or frozen corn kernels
2 cups of salsa of your choice (or more if you like)
3 green onions, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
one big handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
juice from one fresh lime squeezed into the mix which will add such a fresh zip to the taste.

You can add any spices that you like. Chili powder, cumin, pepper. Add some different vegetables too. Like avocado? Toss some in but only if you are eating it today otherwise add it only the day of so it doesn’t discolor on you. How about chopped fresh jalapeno peppers. That was all I think mine was missing but I didn’t have any.
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So in the end you have slaved away opening 3 cans of beans, a bag of frozen corn and a jar of salsa along with about 1 minute and half of chopping. Quite frankly you could get away with just the beans, corn and salsa in a pinch.

Ya. I think you can do this.

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