Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Pinto Bean Salad

I wanted to make a salad that was simple yet substantial, something we could have for dinner without feeling ravenous a few hours later. I had to use up an expensive avocado that was purchased a few days ago along with some basil and cherry tomatoes. I did a quick Food Blog search for avocado and tomatoes, and Kalyn’s blog was the first one that popped up. I have been following her blog for a while now. After checking out the recipe, I realized that I even had all the ingredients on hand, including the pinto beans!

Here is the original recipe.

This is what I did…
Ingredients:
(Serves 2)
1 15oz can of
pinto beans, drained and rinsed well
4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp honey
1 avocado, cubed
3 tsp fresh  lemon juice
¼ onion, finely chopped
½ small cucumber, diced
10-15 cherry tomatoes, halved
3-4 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Method:
In a large bowl whisk together the honey and balsamic vinegar and let the drained beans marinate in it for 10-15 minutes.

Add the chopped onions, cucumber, tomatoes and basil to the marinating beans. Drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

Gently toss the avocado cubes with the lemon juice in another bowl and then add to the rest of the ingredients in the bowl. Toss gently to combine. Serve.

We had this with some garlic bread. It was a very simple and filling meal.


Do head over to Kalyn’s Kitchen to check out her amazing collection of healthy and delicious meals when you can.

Some other salads on this blog:
Romaine Lettuce and Radicchio Salad
Potato and Egg Salad
Corn Salad
Simple Pasta Salad




Pinto Bean Salad goes to Raaga, The Singing Chef, who is hosting the Soups and Salads edition of the Monthly Blog Patrol.

This also goes to Madhuram @ Eggless Cooking.com for her ongoing series- Your Recipe Rocks.

This is also my entry for Snackshots # 4: Salad being hosted by Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet.

42 Burps:

notyet100 said...

looks yummy,..nice combo,..btw,whts pinto beans

sunita said...

That is such a pretty looking bowl of salad.

Madhuram said...

The salad looks very good and of course healthy too. Thank you for acknowledging my series TBC. I really appreciate it.

TheCooker said...

So many wonderful textures. This is my kind of salad.

Laavanya said...

The pinto beans and avocado must've made this a very filling salad... it looks amazing!

Hetal said...

This salad looks too good and it seems very nutritious too...

Cilantro said...

Tasty looking salad and good click. I made something similar with garbanzo beans, will have to post it.

Dee said...

Lovely to look at TBC.. Looks refreshing and mouthwatering!!

Uma said...

such a lovely salad! looks delicious.

Grace said...

simple, substantial, and delicious--i'd say you found a winner!

Asha said...

Excellent salad for summer lunch. I made a dish with Pinto beans last week, love the taste!:)

ranji said...

wow!!the salad looks so fresh and healthy!!love the photo..

Shubha Ravikoti said...

Ohh thats salad looks awesome...:)
Amazing salad/... love it...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

WOW!... That was a nice colorful salad. Look so good. The picture is so appetizing. Love it..

Cynthia said...

Beautiful colours and textures.

Rachel said...

Wow...love the colourful salad..would tempt a non-salad person too!

DK said...

I luv bean salads and U r so right..I like those salads which does not make me feel hungry an hour later! Good one and delish

sra said...

Yeah, Kalyn has a good bunch of salads on her blog. Yours looks 'bursting with health'.

SMN said...

That will be such a healthy dinner wish i cud have it..!

Michelle said...

You can never ever go wrong with avocado in a salad. Never! I know what you mean with salads leaving you half empty when you get up from the table. Pulses definitely do the trick. Thanks for participating in SnackShots and see you at the roundup!

sireesha said...

Looks very interesting and Pretty.I will definitely try this. Thanks for your innovative postings.

Richa said...

good combo of flavors & simple to assemble. btw, did u use white balsamic or the other kind? and yes, i think i would use maple syrup in mine ;)

Srivalli said...

wow..looks great...and nice one for knocking off so many events!..heheheh

Arundathi said...

that looks delicious - i love pinto beans and this is a nice way of cooking them...
thanks

karuna said...

tht is a nice looking salad. looks refreshing

Homecooked said...

This looks yummy and colourful!

vegeyum said...

This looks amazingly good. So colourful, it reeks of Summer.

Lisa said...

What a refreshing sounding salad. So colourful too. I very much appreciate your love of balsamic vinegar :)

Rajitha said...

would tase even better between 2 slices of bread :D...i know i am just mean ;)

Mallika said...

Love Kalyn's blog! Now that summer is here wholesome salads are what I need too

TBC said...

Notyet100- thank you. For information on pinto beans, you can click on the link in my post.:D


Sunita-thank you!


Madhuram- I am glad I could participate!:)


TC- mine too!:D


Laavanya- It was really filling and I was pretty pleased with myself for eating it. The exercising part has clearly not been working out for a while.:(


Hetal- and it is too! :)


Cilantro- I can see how garbanzo beans would work too.:)


Dee- thanks!:)


Uma- thank you! :)


Grace- yeah, this was the first one that came up in my search. I was really happy! I am going to try out some more of Kalyn's saldas.:)


Asha- yes, it is pefect. Doesn't leave you wanting more at the end of the meal. I always have that problem with salads...

Ranji- thanks! :)


Shubha- thanks!:)


Sukanya- thank you.:)


Cynthia- thanks.:)


Rachel- thank you.:)


DK- thank you.
I am amazed at your energy and enthusiasm for everything food-related.:)


Sra- I am going to be checking out Kalyn's fare more often now.:)


Smn- and you can too! It is so easy to put together.:D


Michelle- I am glad I could contrbute something for your event.:D


Sireesha- Welcome! Thank you for stopping by. How can you not be inspired by everything you see around in the food blogosphere. There is so much variety in our meals thanks to these bloggers.:D


Richa- I used the other kind. I know the original recipe uses white, but I did not have any, you maple syrup girl!:D


Srivalli- I try! But I will never have the energy or the inclination to cook and blog like you do. You are a superwoman...like Asha!;D


Arundathi- you are on a cooking spree these days thanks to the marathon event!:D


Karuna- thnak you.:)


Homecooked- thanks! :)


Vegeyum- it does, doesn't it! Thank you. :)


Lisa- thank you. I think I go overboard with my use of balsamic vinegar sometimes. What can I say- I love my balsamic vinegar.:D


Rajitha- and I know that you are too! You don't need to tell me that! ;D

Mallika- :)
So, is your dad cooking for you?

Vani said...

Loks colorful & beautiful! Love the idea of raspberry shrikhand!

Swati Raman Garg said...

that one looks so refreshing n healthy,.. i especially like d color...

Kalyn said...

Thanks very much for the mention of my salad. This is something I've made quite a few times now for my dad, who loves it with black beans. I love your version of this salad using basil, sounds like I must try it!

TBC said...

Vani- welcome! thanks for visiting.:D



Swati- thnk you.:D



Kalyn- thank YOU! I can see myself making this regularly now.:)

Namratha said...

I'm not a big salad fan, but this one looks very inviting T!

Kevin said...

That salad looks really tasty! I like the use of the avocado.

Pearlsofeast said...

TBC, This salad looks so refreshing . I have some avocado and just need some basil to spice up. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

Ema said...

looks fresh n yummy.., nice shot..

TBC said...

Thanks everybody! :D

Thip said...

This looks delicious!

Thip said...

This looks delicious!

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