Black Bean Salsa

This black bean salsa can be made using tinned beans. Or you can cook them from scratch.

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I loathe the word diet, and really believe that a change to our eating thoughts and plans make a far better long term difference than dieting. Here are a few hints and tips:

  • have your first meal within 90 minutes of waking up
  • start your day with fruit and to make it a complete meal add yoghurt, sunflower seeds, wheatgerm, raisins etc. Do not eat fruit after a meal
  • have muesli, granola or cereal as your mid morning snack
  • for lunch eat bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, or any other starchy food and do not have protein with your starch
  • for a mid afternoon snack have a handful of nuts
  • for supper eat protein and accompany this meal with vegetables in the form of salads etc.

disclaimer – I am not a dietitian, this is our eating regime which works for us!

Since we have changed our eating habits to not include starch at night with our protein meal, I have been using a lot of beans. We have been eating beans in many forms and one of them is as a mash. My dad was really impressed with the mash, but my mother was more impressed that I was eating beans. This has always been one ingredient on my I will not eat list since I was a child. My mom sent me a recipe for a bean salsa which I am sharing with you – she used red beans to make hers. I chose to use up the last of the black beans I had in my pantry as Dave does not particularly like the way they colour the food when I cook with them. You can however use any beans you like.

do you eat beans?

Black Bean Salsa
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Black Bean Salsa Recipe

Recipe Category: Vegetarian
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 250 mls whole beans, soaked overnight and cooked until al dente (or 1 tin of beans)
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • ½ red or yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 whole spring onion, sliced
  • 1 corn on the cob, corn removed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 1.25 mls ground cumin
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • 1 generous handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl
  • Add the juice of the other half of the lemon if you need to
  • Adjust the seasoning
  • Serve cold

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55 thoughts on “Black Bean Salsa

  1. You hit the nail on the head! Its not a diet, its lifestyle eating! Crash diets do not work!

    Love the recipe, beans are so much fun, now to just try get my husband to eat beans!

    Have a good weekend xxx

  2. I am so with you my friend, diet tells me to eat it because it is forbidden 😀
    Great tips and recipe!


  3. I’m intrigued by your way of eating Tandy. I do eat beans but often combine them with rice to create a complete protein. Seems like you wouldn’t eat them that way? Always interested to hear what is working for others.

    1. I cannot tell you the last time I made rice! We don’t eat pasta, rice or potatoes at night unless we are out, or it is weekend or we have guests and the meal dictates a starch 🙂

        1. Tammy, I have never really had a problem with being overweight. I started this regime when I weighed 44kg (97 pounds). At 5ft7″ that was a serious underweight problem. I am now 54kg (119 pounds) which is far healthier for me. I have maintained this weight for the past 11 years give or take a kilo or two 🙂

  4. I’m with you Tandy – I hate diets too. It is so much easier to try to gradually add some healthier options to our existing eating habits – like beans. And nuts – I love nuts.

  5. I like your philosophy on diets. I have tried so many and always find just portion control and not eating past 7 (no bread at dinner for me too) just works.. and it’s simple to follow. I love this bean salad.. too cute that you never used to eat them. I bet your mom is longing to say I told you so:) xx

  6. I also do not believe in the word diet. However mindful eating is a better term for what I do. I love black beans and cumin together such a lovely combinations of vegetables and flavors.

  7. Ha! I like Garfield/Lorraine’s saying. Diet…what an ick word.

    Beans however, great word. This household thankfully loves them. I was eating (trying to anyway) a chickpea salad yesterday. I couldn’t eat it quick enough, as every spoonful seemed to be going into a little chubby baby’s mouth instead. Yep, she likes beans too 🙂

  8. Wholeheartedly agree with you that diet is a loathsome word. It’s all about lifestyle changes.

    We love black bean salsas, but we’ve never tried them with carrots or lemon juice like this. I’m excited to give it a try!

  9. Totally share your sentiments regarding dieting–lifestyle changes make a bigger difference to your health.
    Love this salad–summery and colourful

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