A delicious side dish for any of your summer meals. Black beans, feta, basil, red onion, and tomato salad goes great with anything and everything. I recently made it for a family gathering, and it went over really well. I ended up giving away the recipe to various family members. Having said that, I thought I’d share with all of you; spread the love you know!
Being Latin American, I am crazy about black beans; they’re not only delicious, and versatile, but healthy too. They’re chock full of fiber, protein and antioxidants. I told you they were healthy! Black beans are native to the Central America and Mexico. Archaeologists believe that black beans are one of the first legumes to be cultivated. They’ve been grown for over 5000 years.
Probably the best thing I like about this black beans, feta, basil, red onion and tomato salad is the incredible taste you get from the combo of ingredients. Let’s looks at flavors: earthy black beans, salty feta, plus sweet and savory basil. Various textures also make this an interesting dish. Soft beans, crumbly feta, and firm tomatoes. This black beans, feta, basil, red onion and tomato salad is a true kaleidoscope. This awesome salad can double up as a relish for broiled fish, or can be eaten with tortilla chips. BTW, if you love black beans as much as I do you might want to check out my recipe for mango black bean salsa, just saying.
Black beans, feta, basil, red onion, and tomato salad is probably one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. All you need to do is chop and mix. So easy! you can really make this dish in about 30 minutes or less depending on your chopping skills. I like to use the basil in my garden, it grows abundantly and I haven’t managed to kill it yet. Down the street from my house are two farm stands who have abundant quantities of red and juicy tomatoes. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Black beans, feta, basil, red onion, and tomato salad is my new go to picnic dish. I will also be making it to take to the office. If you really like this dish, don’t forget to share with your friends.
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
- ⅓ cup crumbled feta
- 10-12 basil leaves cut into strips
- 1 Roma tomatoes cored and diced
- ¼ cup red onion diced
- 2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- ½ tsp. Kosher salt
- ¼ tsp. oregano.
- ¼ tsp. thyme
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- ¼ tsp. Dijon mustard
- To prepare the salad:
- In a large bowl, mix together the black beans, feta cheese, basil, red onion, and tomatoes.
- For the dressing:
- In a small bowl whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Kosher salt, oregano, thyme, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard until all ingredients are well blended.
- Pour over the bean mixture and mix until ingredients are well coated.
- Chill until ready to use.