Singing with the Beans

The Sweet Vinaigrette Bean Salad started as a simple duet.  Somehow black bean's deep bass combined in melody with navy bean's light soprano.  Gradually the other players arrived: red onion brought his biting percussion, sweet corn came with her sugary chimes, cherry tomato sang a snazzy solo, and fresh cilantro tried to blare his bold tune over it all.  A dollop of plain greek yogurt added the perfect ending note.  Encore.
Sweet Vinaigrette Bean Salad
1 cup Black beans
1 cup Navy beans
A handful of cherry tomatoes, cut
1/4 red onion, chopped
1/2 can corn
Handful fresh cilantro, chopped finely
1-2 Tablespoons Sweet Vinaigrette Dressing
Mix all ingredients.  Change amounts to your taste.
Modified from The Joy of Cooking.












Sweet Vinaigrette Dressing
1/4 cup canola oil
3-4 Tablespoon sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 Tbsp white vinegar
Bring ingredients to a boil and then cool.
Recipe from my mom!
These days I come home tired and in no mood to cook.  A bean salad is the perfect no-fuss, protein-packed, fiber-filled light dinner that softens my mood.  Also, a friend recently informed me of Rancho Gordo, an online store specializing in heirloom beans!  I just received my first taste, delicious!
Any thoughts on beans?
And yay for the World Cup!
Rachel

11 comments:

Emily said...

Your bean salad looks delish. Beans are honestly one of my favorite foods, whether they are incorporated into a salad or made into delicious hummus. :-)

Anncoo said...

Lovely colors with all the beans in it and yummy too.

MelindaRD said...

I love the colors and all the nutrition that this recipes has to offer.

hypothermya said...

This looks so colorful and tasty! And the description made me smile. :)

susanyuen said...

Wow, that looks delish! Beautiful colors and good for you too! :)

Margot said...

Rachel, that is my kids of salad... I could eat it any time of the day! :)

Kristen (swanky dietitian) said...

Can I just say, what a perfect summer salad. This looks absolutely delicious. I have to make this for my next summer party.
Did you have a good time in Vegas?

Lucy B said...

Hi Rachel.
We missed you in class last night -- so I came seeking you here instead. The blog looks so good!! Were you really a computer-challenged chick??
I'm a salad-challenged chick so will make this salad this week.
Lucy

Kasey said...

Colorful and delicious looking salad! I agree with Kristen, perfect for summer!

Jenna Lynn said...

This looks SOOOO good!

alivaux said...

Yum, Rachel! I just made this for lunch and it was so perfect for this delightful summer day!!

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