Easy bean salads are a perfect choice for summer meals and quite portable too, making them a good choice for potluck dinners and outdoor picnics. When it's hot, many of us don't care to fuss too much over dinner, and this is one of those dishes that comes together in hardly any time at all. This is not a bland salad either as many of the store-bought bean salads so often are. It's no wonder that some folks say they don't like beans — it's all in the preparation and seasoning and imaginative touch that goes into the food, and bean snubbers just might change their minds after feasting on this colorful and refreshing salad.
When I came up with the idea, I had an Indian twist in mind, hence the cumin and homemade chaat masala included in the tangy and zesty lime dressing. The earthiness of the black beans also makes a nice contrast to the succulent and sweet mango and crisp red pepper. There is a medley of color and flavor in this salad and each bite is a pleasing contrast of healthy and refreshing tastes and textures.
The recipe can easily be doubled, and if there are leftovers they keep well covered in the fridge for a day or two.
Note: Chaat masala is a hot, sour and salty Indian spice blend that goes well with cool or tangy foods. It can easily be found at any Asian and Indian grocery store, but I prefer to make my own blends. They take so little time to blend up, keep well in a sealed jar in a dark cool place for a good few months, and are usually far superior and certainly fresher in taste.
|Black Bean Salad with Fresh Mango and a Chaat Masala Dressing|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on July 27, 2015
A colorful summer salad of earthy black beans and sweet red mango salad tossed in a tangy and zesty lime, cumin and chaat masala dressing
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This is my contribution to No Croutons Required this month, alternately hosted by Jacqueline and myself. It's my turn to host this month.
Other summery salads you may enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Black Bean and Quinoa Salad with Fresh Mango and a Chaat Masala Dressing
Vegan Potato Salad Dressed with Avocado
Summer Chickpea Salad
Chickpea and Lentil Salad with Zucchini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes