Black Bean and Mango Salad

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Cooking has always been enjoyable for me. Yes, there have been periods in my life when cooking or more importantly canning and preserving were overwhelming, like in the days when I did it all. When my children were young, I canned all our fruit, jam, pickles and made our own bread. At that time, going to the market meant only one thing, stocking up on flour, sugar, dairy, and meat, because everything else we needed was already in our pantry.

Food choices have also changed. When cooking for a family, many things must be considered, primarily those who do not like what you might be cooking. In the past few years, exploration has been the theme. Exploring all those flavors and combinations never tried before.

Fast forward 40 years (wow, where does it go?) and cooking is still fun, especially with my husband right there to join in! Last night we cooked for the first time in our new kitchen, and this is what we made.......

A delicious combination, fruit and beans in a quick to make salad.
Black Bean Mango Salad
Black Bean and Mango Salad
adapted from: Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express via Sidewalk Shoes

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained OR 1 1/2 c cooked black beans
1 large mango, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced small
2-3 scallions sliced thin OR 1 rounded T minced red onion
juice of 1 (large) lime
2-3 T olive oil
a small amount of minced fresh chili OR dash of hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c cilantro leaves, left whole

Combine, taste for correct seasoning, enjoy.

We served this salad alongside beef tacos, for a lovely and spirited meal.

With our little remodel job, there is a place for everything, and room for two, in the kitchen!


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  1. Hi Melynda,
    Your new kitchen is looking great! I like the shelves where you keep all your pots within reach! Nice!
    That is a lovely salad, we love mangoes in salad, though I have never tried pairing them with black bean before. Thanks for sharing! Wish you and your hubby many hours of delicious cooking pleasure in your new kitchen!

  2. It is so interesting to chart how our food journeys change over the years as our families grow and change!

    What a lovely summery salad, Melynda, as well as a great way to enjoy a taste of summer in the cooler weather.

    Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop. I've pinned your post to my Salads board :-)

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