Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mango Black Bean Salad

This recipe is from Maria Menounos (she's on "Access Hollywood"). It was featured on "The Nate Berkus Show" the other day and it looked so good that I wanted to try it. So I googled it and got the recipe. It's delicious and very healthy! Makes a yummy snack!!

1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
1/2 cup Italian dressing, any kind you like (use fat-free or low-cal)
Two 15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped red onions
1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small red pepper, seeded and chopped
salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor or blender, blend 1/4 cup of the mango with the Italian dressing until smooth. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the remaining mango with the beans, red onion, and peppers. To the bean mixture, add the mango puree. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and chill until ready to serve.

This makes a good side dish or a good snack. We added fresh chopped avocados to it and ate it with chips. It was so good!! But if you do add the avocados don't add them until ready to eat or else they'll brown. We also thought it would taste yummy with cilantro and corn in it. The possibilities are endless!!

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