Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Caribbean-inspired Black-bean salsa

I'll admit, I took this from Pampered Chef too! It is great alone or combined with strips of cooked pork (chicken would work too) and stuffed into pita pockets.

1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small red pepper, chopped
1 fresh mango, cut into small pieces (about 1 cup)
1/2 c. green onions, with tops, sliced on the diagonal
2-3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 c. canola oil
1/4 c. white wine vinegar
1-2 tsp. sugar (try honey sometime!)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground cayene pepper (heaping is good)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon (heaping is good)

Mix together the beans, veggies, mango and cilantro in a medium bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Pour dressing over the bean mixture. Stir gently to coat. At this point, you can eat the salsa alone as a side dish or combine with cooked pork strips or chicken strips and fill pita pockets with mixture and eat as a sandwich. Add some lettuce to make the sandwich crunch.

This is simple and delicious -- or maybe simply delicious! Even my children love these and eat them so fast they don't even talk during the meal! That's one way to have a quiet meal at home! :)

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