Black Bean Salad with Fresh Mango and a Chaat Masala Dressing

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Black Bean Salad with Fresh Mango

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 DressingBlack Bean Salad with Fresh Mango and a Chaat Masala Dressing
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Cuisine: Indian
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

Preparation: 15 minutes

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  • 1 cup dried black beans (3 cups cooked or 2 14 oz cans)
  • 1 large red mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, cut into thin strips or diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
  • 1 to 2 jalapeƱos, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • juice from 1 lime (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or more as required)
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • Rinse the beans and soak in several inches of water for 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse, then transfer to a medium saucepan and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour or until the beans are tender but not falling apart. Drain and set aside to cool.

  • Combine the black beans, mango, red onion, red pepper, jalapeƱo and fresh parsley in a large bowl.

  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Taste for seasoning, and then pour over the salad ingredients. Gently toss everything together and then chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or longer before serving.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Black Bean Salad with Fresh Mango with Chaat Masala Dressing

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


Joanne said...

That chaat masala dressing sounds lovely! A nice change from vinaigrettes the other usual dressing suspects.

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