Southwestern Bean Salad

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This Southwest Bean Salad is a salad made with a combination of beans, vegetables, and a tangy southwestern-style dressing. The salad includes pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black olives, chopped bell peppers, onions and jalapenos. The dressing is made with a combination of lime juice, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, and garlic. The salad is a healthy and delicious option that is perfect for summer barbecues, picnics, or lunch.

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Southwest Bean Salad

Recipe by Recipe CookCourse: Dinner, LunchCuisine: SouthwestDifficulty: Beginner


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  • 15 oz. can garbanzo beans drained

  • 15 oz. can pinto beans drained

  • 6 oz. can sliced black olives

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro (to taste)

  • 1 chopped green onion

  • 1 fresh finely chopped serrano or jalapeno pepper (or to taste)

  • 1 minced garlic clove

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 lime (juice from)

  • 1 tsp. cane sugar

  • 1 tsp. chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

  • 1/4 tsp. cumin

  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder


  • Combine first six ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together oil, lime juice and dry ingredients in a mid-size bowl.
  • Pour dressing over bean mixture. Best chilled before serving.