I refer to this as black bean salad but it really has a lot of great healthy ingredients in addition to black beans. You don’t have to use all these ingredients. You can use what you have. Just like my fried rice recipe, you can make a salad with many items you already have in your fridge and/or pantry. And remember, I don’t have exact measurements because my cooking is driven by taste and instinct. I make enough for a family of 3 – 6.
Cooked black beans (1 cup)
Cooked black eyed peas (1/2 cup)
Corn (1/2 cup)
Red, yellow, orange sweet peppers(1/2 cup)
Celery 1 -2 stalks cut
Avocado (1 sm or med sized cubed)
Onion (1 sm cubed)
Green Onions (sliced)
Cilantro (several strands cut)
Romaine lettuce (2 – 3 cups cut)
You could even add red onions, red cabbage, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, blueberries, beets, dried cranberries, apples, crushed walnuts, pecans, peanuts, cashews, cheese, along with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds– the list is endless).
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except nuts, seeds and cheese. Add these last like a topping or leave on the side and each individual could add to their salad as they please. Add a splash of extra virgin olive oil, splash of vinegar (I had pomegranate infused red wine vinegar), a splash of lime or lemon, a dash of salt or no salt seasoning, a dash of soy sauce (optional) and if you’d like, you could even sprinkle some roasted black sesame seeds and sesame oil. Because we had it, I even added the juice from pickled ginger –you know, the kind you eat with your sushi. I also added pickled garlic and its juice into the mix.
You could make the dressing on the side and then add to the salad which is what I usually do. I usually also leave a small bowl of extra dressing on the side in case someone wants more on their individual salad.
There you have it. A delicious and easy way to make a great salad that could go with any meal or eat it by itself.
Tip: as described above, you can add any pickled juice when you make your dressing for your salad. If you asked me, I’d tall you to make your own salad dressing, don’t buy it. You save money and you know exactly what’s in your salad dressing. You’ll never have to read another salad dressing label again.