Southwestern Two-Bean Salad

Pinto and black beans are a flavorful duo in a new version of a marinated bean salad.

Ingredients

    Dressing
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    Salad
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2   fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped (1/4 -1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. For dressing, whisk together vinegar, oil, sugar, cumin, oregano, salt and black pepper in Small Batter Bowl using Stainless Whisk; set aside.

  2. For salad, drain and rinse beans using large Stainless Mesh Colander. Place beans in Stainless (6-qt.) Mixing Bowl. Drain corn. Chop bell pepper using Chef's Knife; add corn and bell pepper to beans.

  3. Chop onion and jalapeño peppers using Food Chopper (see Cook's Tip). Snip cilantro using Professional Shears. Add onion, jalapeño peppers, cilantro and dressing to bean mixture. Mix gently. Cover and refrigerate 2-3 hours to allow flavors to blend.

Yield:

  • 12  servings of 1/2 cup

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 120, Total Fat 5 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 16 g, Protein 4 g, Sodium 370 mg, Fiber 4 g

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

1 starch, 1 fat (1 carb)

Cook's Tips:

Wear plastic gloves when working with fresh jalapeño peppers. Their seeds and membranes contain oils that will irritate your skin. Use the Quikut Paring Knife to cut peppers in half, then remove seeds and membranes using The Corer™.

Be sure to drain the canned beans using the large Stainless Mesh Colander, then place the colander under cold running water to rinse beans.

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