The crowd at last night's neighborhood BBQ gobbled it up, went back for seconds and thirds, and many asked for the recipe. I doubled the recipe and brought home an empty bowl. This is one of those salads that allows you to use different beans and vegetables without comprising its good flavor. The dressing is key here. I added more red wine vinegar, 1 T. white sugar, some fresh key lime juice, lots of cumin, freshly ground black pepper, sea salt, and cayenne (rather than pepper flakes). Definitely wanted lots of color, so I used yellow and orange peppers, minced celery, and bright red tomatoes. I made this 24 hours in advance, and it not only held up beautifully, but the wait improved flavor immensely. I added a lot of fresh cilantro and chopped fresh tomatoes at the last minute. It's such a fresh-tasting, pretty salad. Don't be afraid to spice it up, and go hog wild with various types of beans. Note: If you make this salad the day before, it'll really soak up the dressing overnight, so take that into consideration.
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The crowd at last night's neighborhood BBQ gobbled it up, went back for seconds and thirds,...