Hands up if you're trying to eat better after all the indulging from the holidays! This is one of my go-to recipes when I need to feel healthy and happy! I call it a surprise because I never really know how I will serve it. Is it a salad? A meal? A salsa? A topping on grilled chicken? Boasting a nutrient-dense explosion of flavours and textures, this recipe is more than just "full of beans"! I use my Instant pot to cook turtle beans but you can use canned if you like. Can I suggest that you try buying dried beans and cooking them up yourself? The flavour, texture, and colour are so much better...and cheaper! I cook up a large batch and freeze several portions. The dressing is unusual but once you try this recipe, you’ll not want to use those chemical concoctions called salad dressings. Adding the Mango Habanero from @thatguyssauces adds the perfect balance of sweet, spicy and flavour. It's so versatile that it works with so many combinations of dried and fresh herbs. Hope you try this! It's sunshine in a bowl.
1cupchopped red onionlet soak in cold water for 10 minutes, then rinse and drain well
½cupfinely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley or combination of both
Juice of 2 limes
4tbspextra-virgin olive oil
½teaspoonsea saltto taste
¼tspground black pepperto taste
3tbspMango Habanero Sauce from That Guys Sauces
Combine and mix in a jar. Set aside.
In large bowl, toss salad ingredients to combine. Dress and refrigerate to marinate. Serve.
Omit oil and serve as a salsa with corn chips or on top of cheese quesadillas
With grilled chicken as a side
On top of seared salmon or other fish fillets
Garnish a bowl of chili or warm cheese dip
And of course, as a salad all by itself!Variations:
Add crumbled feta cheese, cubed grilled chicken, corn, chopped jalapeno peppers.