Black Bean Salad

The old is now a memory.  There are no regrets only lessons to guide one through the uncharted path ahead.  There are moments to hold on to and those to let go of.  There are tears that have been shed and joy that one was afraid to feel. There are songs yet to be played and dances yet to be danced.  For the Lord has given a new year lain out like a canvas to blossom and for that I am grateful.


Ingredients:

16 oz. dried black beans
1 stalk celery – chopped
3 cloves garlic – chopped
¼ red onion – chopped
½ cup Italian parsley – chopped
1 cup of mixed pitted olives – chopped
2-3 red chili peppers – chopped
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
8 oz. of your favorite macaroni or couscous

Dressing:

Juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tablespoons olive oil

Prepare beans as directed on package.

Combine all of the ingredients for the salad with the beans in a large bowl.

Add the seasonings to taste.

Combine the ingredients for the dressing; add to the salad and toss.

Prepare the macaroni or couscous as directed.

Add to the bean salad and toss.

Serve immediately or chilled.


Enjoy with Love,

Catherine
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23 comments:

  1. Wonderful Catherine! I have all the ingredients at home!! I will prepare it as soon as possible!!
    Have a wonderful new year full of satisfactions!! Kisses!!

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  2. Looks so delicious Catherine. Black beans are one of my favorites. Have a wonderful new year!

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  3. Great looking dish...Happy New Year!

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  4. Happy New Year, Catherine - legumes are supposed to bring good luck, so quite appropriate for the New Year!

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  5. Black beans are one of my mainstays. So with you...the future lies ahead of us. Happy and healthy 2014.

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  6. I pinned that - another good one. Happy 2014. sandie

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  7. Dear Catherine,
    Thanks for this wonderful post. These beans are a delicious way to start the New Year! Your opening words are very profound, and I wish you all the joy that 2014 will bring..Blessings Dottie :)

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  8. A wonderful recipe. Happy New Year Catherine

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  9. Happy New Year, Catherine!!!
    The black bean salad looks delightful and very tasty.

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  10. I love cous cous but have never paired it with black beans. I'm intrigued now. As always, your seasonings sounds fabulous. Happy New Year!

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  11. It's going to be over 100F here tomorrow and all I want are salads. and water. This would be terrific to include this week.

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  12. Hi Catherine, happy to see your new year wishes in my blog. Wishing you too once again a beautiful, fun filled 2014.

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  13. Such a lovely and healthy salad!
    Happy New Year and A Wonderful 2014!

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  14. Happy New Years, Catherine! This salad is such a fresh and healthy way to kick the new year off right. I really, really like beans, and black beans are always in our pantry!

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  15. It's a great and healthy way to beggin the year, dear Catherine!

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  16. I am grateful, too, Catherine... and man, oh, man that salad sounds good!! have a wonderful day. blessings ~ tanna

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  17. Yes, a new year with a clean canvas. May we paint it like we've never done before.

    Another fine side dish. Looks and sounds yummy.

    Have a fabulous day. Big hugs. :)

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  18. Hmmm, I think I have all the ingredients at home! My man loves pretty much any way to eat black beans, so I'll have to give this a try.

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  19. The thought of cous cous and black bean on their own seem somewhat. . . blah, but reading the other ingredients is making me seriously hungry! I definitely want to give this a go!

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  20. Sounds so good... I will give this a try! Thanks for the recipe and for participating in our blog hop today!!

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  21. Hi Catherine,
    Your Black Bean salad looks wonderful, after all the heavy food we have been eating for the holidays. Thanks so much for bringing this awesome recipe to Full Plate Thursday today and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  22. Oh sweet Catherine I have never had this and it looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing and joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. I am leaving some hugs on your sweet blog

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