Black Bean Salad Recipe


A tangy citrus dressing makes this black bean salad recipe a little different than most. This dish has some popular ingredients added such as corn and tomatoes.  The feta cheese adds a Greek flair to it as well.

The dressing is a very simple oil and lemon/lime juice marinade. It has a fresh tangy citrus flavor and is  quite light.

 Once you add it to the salad I recommend you let it sit overnight in the refrigerator, stirring it a few times before serving. This will give the flavours time to blend nicely.

If you find too much liquid in the bowl at this time  just drain the excess out of the bowl.

Ingredients:

1 can black beans
1 can kernel corn
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 stalk chopped celery
8-10 cherry or grape tomatoes
2/3 cup chopped feta cheese
1 clove garlic-minced
3 tsp. cilantro paste
1 tsp. oregano
salt & pepper to taste

Dressing:

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. lime juice

If you find that you need to add more dressing, do so sparingly, a little at a time.  

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*Empty cans of black beans and corn into a colander and rinse under cold water. This helps to reduce the sodium content as canned beans are generally very high in sodium. You can use dried black beans rather then canned if you prefer-you just have to soak then in water overnight.

*Cut tomatoes in half(cherry) or thirds(grape) and gently squeeze out seeds.

*Mix dressing in the bottom of a large salad bowl.

*Add all other ingredients to bowl and gently mix.

*Cover salad and refrigerate overnight. Stir again before serving.

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More Black Bean Salad Recipe Thoughts...

*I used grape tomatoes for the salad pictured above as my local grocer didn't have any cherry tomatoes at the time.  Regular larger ones can be used as well, just make sure you squeeze the seeds out and chop it up small.

*Adding fresh cilantro is typical in a black bean and corn salad, but I prefer to buy the refrigerated paste  for convenience sake.

*If you like olives they will go with the feta cheese added to this particular dish.  This may lead to a craving for Ouzo, music and Greek dancing...but maybe that's just me...



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