Friday, February 25, 2011

Pinto Bean Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette

Colorful, Pinto Bean Salad is full of flavor and texture.  Simple ingredients combined together make a perfect light lunch or side dish for poultry, fish or beef.  Add to a wrap sandwich and you have a satisfying meal full of healthy carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Pinto Bean Salad
Makes 3 ½ cups

1 cups (276 grams) cooked Pinto Beans, if using canned no salt added rinsed and drained
½ cup (72 grams) Sweet Red Bell Pepper, diced
¼ cup (20 grams) green onion, sliced fine, include green tops
½ cup (70 grams) English or Persian Cucumber, unpeeled, diced
½ cup (140 grams) Red and Yellow Tomato Cherry Tomatoes cut in quarters
Combine all ingredients together in medium size bowl.  Add Oregano Vinaigrette (see recipe below) mix until combined,  serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.   (serving size 1/2 cup).

Fresh Mexican Oregano from the garden
Oregano Vinaigrette
⅛ Teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon minced Garlic (1 clove)
¼ Teaspoon ground Cumin
1 Tablespoon fresh **Mexican Oregano, minced
¼ Teaspoon fresh Jalapeño Pepper, minced fine
2  Tablespoon Lime Juice or Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Zest from Lime
Fresh ground Black Pepper, to taste.
In a small bowl combine above ingredients. Mix until well blended and pour over the Pinto Bean mixture.

**Mexican Oregano (Lippia graveikebs) has an earthier, citrus flavor, but you may use whatever Oregano you have on hand. If you don't have fresh, use 1 teaspoon dried.
Serving size 1/2 cup
Nutritional information provided by NutriMirror


  1. We haven't had pinto beans in ages! They are by far Peter's favorite bean. I remember this surprising me a lot.

    That vinaigrette looks so yummy. Can't wait to have fresh herbs back. I tore out my garden last fall, because I thought it would be too cold out.

  2. Looks fresh and yummy - thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Red, I think Peter will like this one if he likes pinto beans. I love making all sorts of beans into salads, almost more than I like them hot. Are you planning on planting herbs this year?

  4. Hi Heather,
    Thanks for taking time to stop by my blog!


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