black beans

Multi-Bean Salad

Multi Bean Salad

I was never a fan of bean salads until I had this one!  Fresh and delicious, this salad combines canned beans with fresh veggies and a great vinaigrette.

This recipe is from the Moosewood Cookbook which is a wonderful vegetarian cookbook that has never let me down.  It calls for dry beans, but I’ve substituted it with canned to make it quicker and easier.


15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

6 T. olive oil

3 to 4 T. lemon juice

6 to 8 T. red wine vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. salt

Lots of black pepper

1/4 lb. fresh green beans

2 medium stalks celery, finely minced

1/3 cup very finely minced red onion

Up to 1 cup (packed) finely minced parsley

1 small red or green bell pepper, minced

Optional:  a small amount of minced cucumber

Optional garnishes:  cherry tomatoes, sieved hardboiled eggs

Once the beans are drained well, place them in a large salad bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine the oil, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper.  Add the dressing to the beans and stir well.

Trim the tips of the green beans and cut into bite size pieces.  Steam until tender (approx. 5 to 8 minutes).  Refresh under cold running water and drain well.

Add the green beans and remaining vegetables to the beans and mix well.

Refrigerate for at least 2 to 3 hours.  And when it’s potluck time, then serve!

Edamame Salad

Edamame Salad


This edamame salad is so easy and delicious!  Joyce shared this recipe and she got it from a co-worker.


1 bag, shelled and cooked, edamame beans

1 can corn, drained

1 can black beans, drained

1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1/4 cup finely minced red onion

Newman’s Own Lite Low-fat Sesame Ginger Dressing

Crispy chow mein noodles

Mix together all of the beans and vegetables.  Toss with the dressing and top with the chow mein noodles.

Quick and Easy Refried Beans

Quick and Easy Refried Beans

These quick and easy beans are delicious!  Perfect for any fiesta-themed potluck.  Thank you to Claudine for sharing this recipe!


Garlic, chopped or minced


Canned pinto or black beans

Shredded cheese

Saute’ the garlic in oil until soft.  Add the canned beans and juice.  Let them boil and simmer for a while.  Use a masher to smash them up.  Stir in shredded cheese.  Serve.