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!


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. :-)

ann low 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. :)

Anonymous 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.

Kasey said...

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

Miss Raski 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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