Tuesday, August 27, 2013

California Cilantro Black Bean Salad

When I think back to when I lived in California, I think of fresh produce and authentic Mexican food. While this certainly isn’t authentic, I had to call it a California salad because the flavors reminded me of San Diego. This gluten-free vegan salad is so easy to make and is the perfect menu item as I prepare to begin the school year again. It does need to marinate in the vinaigrette for at least 2 hours, so it might be easier to make it the evening before or the morning of and then have dinner ready when you come home. Also, I topped mine off with fresh avocado and extra cilantro just for an extra treat.
California Cilantro Black Bean Salad Vinaigrette: 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup grapeseed oil 1 Tablespoon minced jalapeno 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 3 Tablespoons crushed garlic 1. In a lidded glass container, shake all ingredients together to combine. Set aside. Salad: 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup jicama, cut into bite sized cubes 1 cup diced red onion 1 cup diced carrots 1 red bell pepper, cored, and diced 1 yellow bell pepper, cored, and diced 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 1. Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour vinaigrette on top and coat salad evenly with dressing. Refrigerate and allow to marinate for at least 2 hours. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

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