Time for the second week of Salad Samplers. This week our recipe was chosen by Judy. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, she chose a recipe for a Latin flavored Black Bean Salad. This recipe was given to her by a former co-worker who is also a caterer, and she said the instructions begin "It's not a recipe fixed in stone...", so quantities and ingredients are flexible.
Black Bean Salad
2 cups dried black beans
cover dry beans with 2 inches of water, and allow to soak overnight; drain soaking liquid, cover with fresh water, bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook (1 – 2 hrs) until beans are tender. Do NOT salt the water – it can cause the beans to toughen. Rinse and drain beans well, to get rid of all the black/grey liquid, which can discolor the salad.
Note – if you prefer, you can substitute 4 – 16. oz cans of cooked black beans; just rinse and drain thoroughly as above.
While beans are cooking, also cook
1 – ½ to 2 cups long grain rice, brown rice, or an "8 grain" mixture of rice/grain that you can get from some stores, following package directions..
Cool beans and grain.
Dice some combination of the following:-- try to dice all veggetables uniformly to a size similar to the size of the black beans for best appearance:
Red onions (maybe 1 whole one)
Garlic, minced or crushed (up to 12 cloves more or less)
Bell peppers. I like to use 3 colors to brighten up the salad.
Jalapeno - 2 or 3 depending on heat you like, minced
Corn, canned, frozen or fresh as you like maybe a cup or so (suggestion – use the roasted corn from Trader Joe’s for an extra layer of flavor).
Optional addition --green beans or zucchini
Toss all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.
Then add Cumin-lime vinaigrette:
Olive oil (about 1/2 cup)
lime juice (about 1/4 cup)
salt & pepper
1 teaspoon or so of mustard
garlic (maybe 6 or so cloves)
cumin and or chili powder (1-2 teaspoons to taste)
adjust these ingredients as needed to balance the flavors.
Optional: stir in fresh chopped cilantro.
Garnish with cilantro.
This salad was very good. Makes a meal in itself. Next time I make it I'll use a little less lime(I used most of one, and it was almost bitter), 1/2 onion rather than a whole one, and would probably add fresh chopped tomatoes.