Spicy Summer Black Bean Salad
The days of overflowing gardens and refrigerators full of produce are upon us! What to do with all of those peppers, tomatoes, and onions? I got it! A fresh black bean salad!
On Saturday, the girls and I went to the market to pick up what is not growing in our garden, such as peppers (mine aren't ready yet), cucumbers, carrots, and garlic. While I was picking out a few hot peppers, my girls saw some "pretty tomatoes" that they really wanted to buy. Apparently the tomatoes in our garden aren't pretty. So I bought tomatoes as well.
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Ali SegerstenAlissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book.
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I've not been keeping up. As you can tell I'm going backwards and each recipe I find looks amazing. I have tons of peppers to use up and some corn on the cob. Thanks!
Thanks Jennifer, glad you enjoyed it! I am so envious that you have lemons growing in your garden! How fun! -Ali :)
I made it today using peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and lemons (instead of limes) from our garden. I used frozen corn since I didn't have any on hand. I am sure it'll taste even better tomorrow! We have lots and lots of peppers to use, so I was glad that a simple recipe involving peppers just showed up without me having to search for a yummy one!
Amy - I do the same when I am shopping. I walked by the fresh figs the other day while in the co-op and instantly thought about roasting them with a whole chicken, rosemary, and balsamic vinegar. I have always thought that others who create recipes so often like I do must think like this. Thanks for sharing. :)
We think alike...or maybe all of us who love cooking think like that. I'm always thinking of what goes together, what doesn't. I am notorious for bringing home tons of produce that wasn't on my list but couldn't pass it up.
I can't imagine you cussing. :)
Debbie - Must be hot where you live, I never have much of an appetite when it's 90+ degrees (doesn't happen often here)! :)
Wendy - Thanks, I think mixing this black bean salad with cooked quinoa would create the perfect grain/bean salad. I am sure yours is delish too! :)
L - Thanks, hope you enjoy! No I don't use gloves, I just deal with my hands burning for a few hours. Rubbing baking soda on wet hands does lessen it though. Sorry I am not much more help here. :)
Pam - Thanks, this is a colorful meal! :)
Anon - I do have a number of tricks for softening gluten-free tortillas. I used store-bought brown rice tortillas last night. I did a post on this a few months ago that you can refer to, though what I did yesterday is toss the tortillas over the roasting potatoes in the oven. The combo of the heat and steam from the potatoes softened them very quickly. -- http://glutenfreewholefoods.blogspot.com/2009/03/great-gluten-free-wraps.html
Happy Summer -Ali :)
Sounds great. I love black beans. You mentioned that you made black bean-avocado wraps for your kids. What kind of gluten-free tortillas do you use? All the ones I've tried are stiff and hard to chew. Any suggestions for softening those buggers up?
I love the colors of your salad!
Oh Ali, this looks perfect! I am making it today! I am a big fan of spice so I would probably use extra peppers. I usually use gloves to seed my peppers, is this what you do? Or do you have any tricks for getting the fire off of your skin? Thanks! :-)
Yum, the recipe sounds great! I make a similar black bean salad that I love. I use either brown rice or quinoa in mine. I love your addition of fresh corn right off the cob, delish.
Ali, I haven't had much appetite lately but this looks good to me. Thanks always for sharing your expertise and recipes! ~Debbie