Black Bean-Cucumber Salad

Black Bean-Cucumber Salad
It is 1:30 pm, I haven’t had a decent breakfast and now I am really hungry and I want something spicy, hot but healthy. I open the fridge – the veggie draw – 1 cucumber among other things I did not care for was making goggle eyes at me. Just plain cucumber salad – No! BORING! I open my pantry to see if there was some ready to eat packets – Cans of black beans were the first thing to strike me – Pulled one out… Good I had my cuke and I had a can of beans – how can i make this interesting? I open the fridge again and I see the beautiful remains of an orange and yellow bell pepper – The idea is becoming clearer – I am now back at the pantry swiping a can of dice tomatoes. The rest was instinctual! Exactly 10 minutes start to finish, since when you do decide to make this, you already have a plan :-)

I used 1 can of black beans (washed and drained)
1 cucumber
1/4 each of red and yellow bell pepper
1/4 can of diced tomatoes or 1 fresh tomato
2 green chillies
Some tortilla chips (optional)
Cheddar cheese and Cilantro to garnish
Add the tomatoes, beans and chillies to a pan with a teaspoon of olive oil. 
Toss them around
Add some salt 
Put it in a bowl, 
Arrange peeled and diced cukes around
Add the peppers in a similar manner
dress it up with shredded cheddar and cilantro
OR crush some tortilla chip atop
There is a certain satisfaction to have the hot beans with the cold cucumbers and peppers…Satisfies the temperature needs as well.
Note: if you want more spice, you can add some salsa and mix it in to the beans
Last Word: Don’t forget the key ingredient – LOVE 

Posted on

December 13, 2010


  1. Priya, This sure is a fast food and not fat food! Getting ready for the trip??

  2. Irresistible salad, looks super healthy..

  3. I have been big on salads lately and this is a welcome variation!

    US Masala

  4. mmmmm looks yummy….Colorful and healthy salad.

  5. hey this defenitely brightents up a dull salad ! good one !!

  6. Looks great. Quick and healthy.
    Love your blog,and thanks for the kind comments on mine! Will surely try to participate in your event too.

  7. healthy salad.. love the beans in them..

  8. oh this looks super delicious and so healthy!


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