3-bean salad

A couple of weeks ago, on a warm but not too warm evening, overlooking a quiet lake, under a peachy-gold sunset, I had the best meal I’ve had in a long time. Some lovely friends invited us to come to their lake house to go kayaking with them, and I was pleasantly exhausted from the trip and ravenously hungry. At first bite of this dish, I was instantly in love. The warm rice, topped with the chilled bean salad, mixed with the sweet/spicy flavors of the sauces was just heavenly.

Bean salad on rice

I could honestly eat this several times a week, and I actually have, usually for lunch! My friend Jeannie generously gave me her recipe, after which I immediately went out and bought enough of the ingredients for 3 batches, just to keep on hand in case of emergency cravings!

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3-bean salad

  • 2 cans of beans (I used a 3-bean mix) rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn, drained (or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed)
  • 1 can tomatoes and green chilies (Rotel)
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 T. lime juice
  • 1/8 cup – ¼ cup chopped cilantro

Mix everything together in a bowl. Serve over rice (if you like) and top with Sriracha mayo Saucesand Ponzu sauce. Ponzu is a citrus-based soy sauce, and can be found with the Sriracha mayo in the Asian food section of the grocery store. I am not telling you that Sriracha mayo is healthy, because it isn’t! so use sparingly. These two sauces really make this dish special though, so I hope you’ll try them!

Buddha bowl

I’ve also had this bean salad as a dip for tortilla chips, and as part of a meal-in-a-bowl (aka. Buddha bowl, pictured above) and it’s great! To that bowl, I added some cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions. I also love it with chopped green bell peppers.

It is also awesome spooned over greens, and if you use those two sauces, you don’t even need salad dressing! This recipe is even better the day after you make it, so it would be perfect for taking with you for lunch.

Beans on greens

Have a great week! Till next time! 🙂

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Cheryl at Business Chic.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful presentation!

    This post would make a great addition to Our Growing Edge, a monthly blog link up just for new food adventures. It’s a fun way to share your new food experiences with other foodies. This month’s theme is WORK DAY EATING which includes any recipe or food experience suitable for the work day such as lunch, snacks or easy meals.

    More info including how to submit your link here: http://bunnyeatsdesign.com/our-growing-edge/

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  2. Thank you so much for inviting me! I would definitely love to join in!

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  3. Rateka says:

    Looks super delicious….beautiful presentation and I must say you have a wonderful blog and pictures 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Rateka! I appreciate you stopping by and for your kind words!!

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