Saturday, July 6, 2013

Black Bean Gazpacho Salad

With just a few small changes, I've transformed one of our favourite salsa recipes into a delicious salad that's perfect on a hot summer day.

As the name implies, the flavour is reminiscent of that most refreshing of cold soups - gazpacho - so it's no surprise that some of the same ingredients are used: tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, garlic, onions, olive oil and vinegar. But this salad has the additional flavour punch of smoked paprika. 

As with gazpacho, no cooking is required, just a little chopping. Adding some cooked black beans turns it into a meal that serves 3-4.

First into the bowl......

The dressing:
olive oil, sherry vinegar, garlic, smoked paprika, salt, pepper

Either sweet or hot smoked paprika can be used. Though red wine vinegar works, I prefer sherry vinegar in this salad. 

Next, add 1 can of rinsed and drained black beans.

Followed by......

The vegetables etc:

tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, parsley, green onions, Kalamata olives
You don't want the pieces too chunky or too small, just a little smaller than bite-size (about 1.5cm). It's important to remove the seeds from the tomatoes and the cucumbers or the salad will be too watery.

After tossing all ingredients together.....

The finished salad:
It can be eaten immediately but actually tastes better the next day.

The original recipe for Gazpacho Salsa on which this salad is based can be found here.

I've made a few modifications to the ingredients:
- 3 tbsp olive oil in the dressing (instead of 6)
- 1 tsp salt (you can always add more to taste at the end)
- 2 thinly sliced green onions (instead of red onion)
- 1-540ml can of black beans, rinsed and drained (or about 480ml/2 cups drained cooked black beans)


  1. This is one delicious looking salad! I love the addition of black beans, something that I have used only once! Sherry vinegar is one ingredient that I have not seen over here. Have seen some recipes uses this vinegar and I would love to get some.
    Hope you have a lovely week!

    1. Sherry vinegar is very nice if you can find some, a little sweeter and less acidic than red wine though the red wine vinegar does work well in this salad.


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