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Black Bean Salad Recipe

If I were voted president, the world would be less consumed with guarding wetlands and more focused saving cilantro fields for I have never met a cilantro dish I have not loved.

Of course, if I were voted into office, Nutella crepes would be on the food pyramid, every ladies’ restroom would have a stall especially for little boys who are still practicing their aim, and rest areas would have two Marine’s on guard twenty-four hours a day.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 – 15 ounce cans black beans
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (red, yellow or orange or for more color, some of each)
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Sea salt & fresh ground pepper

Open cans of beans and rinse well with cold water. A most lovely natural doctor friend taught me to rinse the beans to prevent excessive gaseous anomalies. You’re welcome.

Place beans and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat to medium low. Cook for 30 minutes.

Rinse beans with cold water until chilled and drain.

Place beans and all remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well and place in a pretty serving dish.

Of course, if everyone ate more cilantro, the world would be a better place and we might not need the Marine guard part, so let’s get started.

Today’s make the world a better place to do list:

1. Eat this bean salad.

2. Buy more Nutella.

3. Vote.

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Deanna’s love for baking and cooking first began when she sat upon a baker’s stool as a little girl. Her love for people grew in the midst of church potlucks. Today, she expresses these loves creatively through speaking engagements and food writing. Deanna hosted guests, including celebrities, at her award-winning B&B in the Snoqualmie Valley. Deanna has been seen on both local and national television with her Saucy Balsamic Burgers which knocked 'N Sync's Joey Fatone to his knees. Besides her children, Deanna’s mud pie is one of the most beautiful things she has ever created.

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One Response

  1. Sally Pesce

    I love cilantro! It is an absolutely amazing plant. Will try your recipe!

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