Love Cilantro? Try This Simple Mixed Bean Summer Salad

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Looking for a quick and delicious dish to bring to a BBQ? This one’s a winner! It takes only ten minutes to prepare, or even less depending on how fast you can chop a few ingredients and locate the can opener. It’s a perfect side for meat or fish when you don’t want something starchy but a veggie salad won’t quite cut it. It also keeps well in the fridge for a few days and it the perfect nutritious lunch especially when thrown over a handful of greens.

What you’ll need:

  • 19 oz can of mixed beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • ½ cup red pepper, diced
  • ½ cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for up to four days.

Yes, it’s that simple!

What’s so great about this recipe aside from it being super quick and easy?

First and foremost, I love beans. I was vegetarian for a long time and beans were a staple in my diet. I cook with them less than I used to simply because I forget. But when I remember to use them, they’re oh so good. Beans are a great source of protein, fiber, iron and other essential nutrients. They taste good on their own but when paired with some of my favorite flavors they’re taken to a new level.

Cilantro is my all time favorite herb so I add it to as many dishes as possible, especially in the summertime. The red pepper adds a little crunch and sweetness to the dish and serves as a great pop of color (I love pretty food). Finally, the combination of spices cut by the acid of the balsamic vinegar provides a mini flavor explosion in your mouth.

I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think!

Looking for a quick and delicious dish to bring to a BBQ? This one’s a winner! It takes only ten minutes to prepare, or even less depending on how fast you can chop a few ingredients and locate the can opener...

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  1. […] Looking for a quick and delicious dish to bring to a BBQ? This one’s a winner! It takes only ten minutes to prepare, or even less depending on how fast you can chop a few ingredients and locate the can opener. It’s a perfect side for meat or fish when you don’t want something starchy …  […]

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