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Sweet-and-Spicy Black Bean Salad

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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  20 Minutes
  Makes 8 servings
Bean salads make wonderful accompaniments to burgers, grilled chicken, or sausages. Using canned beans rather than dried makes a bean salad extra easy to prepare. Look for beans labeled "low-salt", which will allow you more leeway in seasoning the salad to taste; if you can't find them, be very judicious in your addition of salt. The dressing here gives the salad an enticing Caribbean/Latin American slant. Use a standard commercial chili powder blend, which usually includes hints of cumin and oregano along with the ground red chile. Fresh jalapeño chile adds an extra bright spark of flavor.
For Dressing:
2 teaspoons chili powder
6 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1 garlic clove, peeled, minced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
For Salad:
Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained, rinsed
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 scallions, thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped italian parsley
1 jalapeno chile, seeded, minced
boston lettuce leaves
FOR DRESSING: Stir chile powder in small, dry skillet over low heat just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Mix chile powder, orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, and garlic, in medium bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil until well-blended.

FOR SALAD: Combine beans and next 5 ingredients in large bowl. Gently toss with dressing to coat. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Season to taste with salt.

TO SERVE: Place lettuce leaf rounded side down on each plate to form a cup. Spoon the salad into the lettuce cup and serve.

HELPFUL TIP: If packing for a picnic, transfer the salad to an airtight, unbreakable container and keep well-chilled in an insulated carrier; pack Boston lettuce leaves in a separate container.

Recipe created exclusively for by Norman Kolpas.

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 8 servings
Calories: 237
Sodium: 338mg
Fiber: 7g
Carbohydrates, Total: 19g
Protein: 6g
% Cal. from Fat: 57%
Fat. Total: 15g
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