Spicy Bean Salad

30 Aug 2012

Spicy Bean Salad

Back from camping! I had an awesome time. More on that later.

But coming back. Back to reality. Back to days with no trails to walk and nights with no campfire or stars in the sky.

How can I possibly make this transition easier? Even though I have made it through 3 days without baking, and was itching to get my hands on some flour, and to use my oven once again, I was way too exhausted to do anything.

Long story short, we had to wait in traffic for one hour. We were basically stationary the whole time. You see, there were 4 lanes on this road. 3 lanes were closing, and only one was open (ours, of course) so all the lanes had to merge into ours. I'm so glad I didn't have to be anywhere at that moment. Except home. To take a long, warm shower.

So with the combination of traffic exhaustion and too many potato chips during our trip (yes, we were there for 2 nights, and we brought and ate all 3 bags of potato chips) I needed something light, healthy and summery. I have found my solution. The perfect dish to ease my way into the bustle of real life.

Now photos from my trip, oh joy!

 View from a trail we walked down

 Cute inuksuk we made

 Cool pile of rocks we made. Second attempt. First attempt fell on my foot.

Little waterfall we found when we explored the place

We went to Manning Park, which is notorious for all the bears around there. (well, BC is teaming with bears) We brought bear spray (who knew there was suck a thing?) but luckily didn't have to use it. It was such a gorgeous place, and would recommend it to anyone who likes the outdoors. I had a blast.

What you'll need:

-1 (19 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
-1 (19 oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
-1 (19 oz) can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
-1 orange bell pepper, chopped
-1 red bell pepper, chopped
-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1/4 cup red wine vinegar
-2 tablespoons white sugar
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
-1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
-1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder


    1.   In a large bowl, combine the beans and the bell peppers.
    2.   In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, cumin, Tabasco and chipotle. 
    3.   Pour the oil mixture on the bean mixture, and mix well. Cover and chill in the fridge. Serve cold.

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  1. Love how quick, easy, delicious, and filling this salad is. Spicy too! Just right up my alley! Glad to know you had fun on your trip... Ummm.... I would be nervous sacred as heck camping in bear county. You are a brave woman!

  2. Bear camping? Coollll! Just as awesome as your delicious salad :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Sounds like a great trip, shame about the traffic! This looks wonderful.

  4. oh boy, looks gorgeous!! coming back from a trip is always hard, but this salad certainly is a good way to ease in :)

  5. This looks like quite a tasty salad! Loved the vacation pics too. Thanks for stopping by Posed Perfection and leaving me some comment love on the Chicken Ranch Wrap post. Thanks for following along too. Have a great weekend!

  6. Beautiful food and place! And the dish sounds like a great way to cleanse yourself of all those (yummy) potato chips. Welcome back!

  7. Hermosa ensalada refrescante y nutritiva me encanta,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  8. That looks delicious, thanks for sharing some of the camping photos! Have a great weekend.

  9. this looks great and i love your rock sculptures!!! too cute.

  10. It seems like an awesome place Cathleen, I;m glad you had a really good time.
    I love the dish too and your pictures are perfect!
    Have a good one my friend!

  11. I love bean salads. Your camping photos look so pretty! Glad you had a good time.

  12. The camp sounds great, and this salad looks delicious.

  13. Aww~ the pics shows that you had so much fun!

  14. That salad looks so appetizing ! Glad that you had such a great time !

  15. What a beautiful. colorful bean salad. I can only imagine how flavorful it is! Loving the spicy heat in it too! Also loving your rock sculptures - very cool!

  16. What a great, hearty looking bean salad!

  17. hey!!!! nice blog... i will try this spicy bean salad!!
    thanks for stopping at my space!!

  18. looks so healthy & delicious...mouthwatering!

  19. Sounds like a wonderful trip. Bears? Oh my! Nice salad. Great antidote to those 3 bags of chips!

  20. Let me say that salad looks and sounds wonderful. Copying that one right now, thank you. Here's a giggle for you: I was reading away on your blog entry and the recipe and noted the traffic hassles, then I was lost in the photos of your camping trip and how pretty all that was, a couple minutes of that, and then right under it, it says, "Here's what you will need" and I fully expected it to be your camping list as I had lost all track of that recipe since I was lost in the camping photos...LOL, I was all set to start packing for camping. Back to reality...lol. Nice post...and nice photos!


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