My inspiration for dinner this evening came in several parts. First, I happened across some beautifully ripe mangos at the store. How could I resist when they were also on sale??? Then, my boyfriend Kareem expressed to me his craving for some beans. My vision was complete when I opened up my refrigerator and found a joyfully round red pepper, 2 lively green limes, and a heaping bunch of leftover cilantro from last nights summer rolls.
I was going to create a black bean salad with mango and friends!
As I began combining ingredients, tasting along the way, I found that this recipe contained such flavorful ingredients that there was no need to get carried away with lots of oils, spices, and condiments. Thus, you’ll find that this recipe is super simple to make but not at all simple in the flavor department. Another great feature of this salad is that while being high in protein and high in fiber on account of the beans it also has no fat! There is no oil or fat of any kind in the dressing. It’s because of this (and of course the beautiful colors) that I was inspired to call this salad: Black Bean and Mango Fiesta Salad!
Black Bean and Mango Fiesta Salad
1 15oz can of black beans (rinse beans thoroughly with water)
1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
1/4 red onion finely chopped
1/2 red pepper diced
small handful cilantro chopped
1 Teaspoon honey
1/4 Teaspoon cumin
1/4 Teaspoon sea salt
1) Rinse the can of black beans under water to get rid of the syrup that they are preserved in and add to a medium sized bowl. Chop the mango, red pepper, red onion, and cilantro and add to the bowl.
2) Cut the limes in half and squeeze out all of the juice from all four halves into the medium bowl filled with the beans and chopped ingredients. I find that sticking a fork into the lime half and twisting it as you squeeze the lime helps to extract as much juice as possible. Once you’ve juiced the limes into the bowl add the honey, cumin, and salt. With a large spood mix well so that everything is combined. Taste it to make sure that all the flavors are balanced to your liking.