Monday, February 15, 2010

Black Bean Salad With Oranges, Red Onion and Cilantro

Sheryl over at *Ms. Bitchcakes* A Neurotic Glamour Girl's Weight Watchers Experience and Fitness Adventures made a fabulous looking black bean salad last month and I just had to try it.  She said it was a Weight Watchers recipe, so I'm giving credit everywhere credit is due!

The recipe calls for: 

•1/2 tsp Olive Oil
•1/2 medium red onion, cut into thin wedges
•2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
•1/4 tsp ground cumin
•1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
•2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
•2 tsp red wine vinegar
•2 medium oranges or grapefruits, peeled, segmented
•salt & pepper to taste

Saute the onion in olive oil, adding the cumin and chopped garlic after the onion is translucent.  When the garlic begins to brown, add the black beans and cook just long enough for them to warm up.  Remove the mixture from the heat and add the remaining ingredients: the orange, cilantro, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper.

I put half of the mixture on my favorite mix of spring greens with half an avocado. 

The verdict: yum!  I do wish I had read the recipe more carefully and used two oranges instead of the one.  It was still fab, but double the citrus would have doubled the fun!


JourneyBeyondSurvival said...

I do love my legumes. And black beans are my absolute faves. Did you like the sweetness? I probably would have to add a little heat to counteract.

liz said...

i love beans too, except green beans, gag :) lentils are my total fave, i should make them more. but back to the black bean salad: with all the onion and garlic there was not a pronounced sweet flavor, the citrus actually brought out the other flavors even though it was definitely present. and the cilantro rounded out the palate-presentation. i'm a fan of spicy foods but i felt no need to add any punch, except wishing i had used two oranges per the actual recipe. but if you change it up let me know how it turns out!

The Chubby Girl Diaries said...

Ooh that looks amazing! I love black beans! I actually didn't start eating black beans until this journey! I didn't realize what I was missing out on!

Liz, are you a professional chef? If not... you should be! You always have something amazing cooking up!!


Tricia said...


liz said...

thanks ladies! and no, @chubbygirldiaries, i'm no chef :) i just like cooking. but thanks!

Agnes said...

Looks GREAT!

liz said...

@agnes, thanks! it's way healthy, too :)

Anonymous Fat Girl said...

This looks very good. Thanks for posting! :)

*Bitch Cakes* said...

I made the same mistake! I used a WHOLE can of beans (double the amount) and only one fruit (considering the double beans, this is 1/4 the amount). I will be more careful next time too. Either way, this is a great salad and I loved having the mixture in the fridge for a quick 1 point snack! Glad you enjoyed it too.