Black Beans

The black beans consists of high protein and fiber contents and is considered very nourishing as both these essential elements are present within one food item. Fiber and proteins are considered very important to the wholesome function of a healthy body. Besides this it also has flavonoid anti oxidants content which assist the body avoid oxygen related damage. Black beans also consists of omega 3 fatty acids and has a high nutritional value.


Black beans are also very easy to incorporate into most meals as it has a basic flavor of rich smokiness, which gives added character to any dish. The velvet texture, shape and color hold well during cooking and makes for a very interesting looking ingredient indeed.


Black Bean Salad


The Salad – (I try to keep the cuts not too  much  bigger  than  the  beans  & corn – for appearance & to get a little of everything in a spoonful)

2 lbs. black beans (I have a pressure cooker,  but  go  ahead,  use  2  15  oz. cans, well-rinsed.)

2 lbs. cooked sweet corn, cut from the cob (OK, you can use 2 – 15 oz. cans of whole kernel corn or 2 lbs. of frozen corn, drained)

8 green onions, diced

2 cloves garlic, large, minced

2-3 jalapeno peppers, cleaned, diced (more if you like)

1 green Bell pepper, cleaned, diced (I also sometimes add a small sweet red pepper, for both sweetness & color)

1 ripe avocado, large, pitted, peeled and diced

1 jar (4 oz) pimentos, drained

3 tomatoes, seeded & diced

1C fresh cilantro, chopped

Sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper to taste


The Dressing

3 T fresh lime juice

2 T fresh orange juice

2-1/2 tsp lime zest

1/2 tsp ground cumin

Sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper to taste



Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Season with the salt & pepper.
Whisk the dressing vigorously to incorporate.
Add the dressing to the salad and gently toss to combine everything.
Chill until ready to serve. Lightly toss again prior to serving.

Prepare this salad at least 4 hours prior to serving to let everything – except the avocado – marry joyfully in the bowl.

You do want to let the avocado bathe in the lime juice of the dressing – better presentation that way, and you can store the avocado pieces in a small container. Then, pour the dressing off the avocado and mix the salad with the dressing, then dress the top of the salad with the avocado pieces at service.

Very pretty dish & the absence of any oil seems to make all the veggies sparkle in a light citrus glow. You want this salad well chilled, but if you don’t bathe the avocados in the dressing first, they will end up looking like grey lumps of pork as the air hits them.