Mexican Bean Salad

happy first day of summer! it's a beautiful day here in canada's capital and I couldn't be happier. the sun is shining and the sky is blue. if only I didn't have to work this afternoon, I'd spend the entirety of my day sitting on the fire escape with the perfect book.

but, onto cooking! keeping with the healthy eating and having a forty-four hour work week this week, I decided to make one of my favourite recipes that is easy and chock full of protein. as a student, I don't cook a lot of meat so I have to do my best to find my protein from other sources. what is a better way than beans!

this salad is one of my favourites that my mom makes. after a job interview last night I decided to stop at the grocery store but didn't have my recipe cards with me to remember exactly what this salad needed. after a quick google I found a recipe that seemed similar to my mom's. this one called for white kidney beans and my mom's uses chickpeas. I couldn't remember there in the grocery store if I was thinking of her chickpea salad recipe so I picked up the white kidney beans. next time, though, I will forgo them and it will be chickpeas all the way!

this is a cheap and easy meal. a can of kidney beans, black beans, white kidney beans (or chickpeas!!!) and a can of corn. toss it in a bowl.

 chop up a green pepper, red pepper and a red onion. my mom's recipe uses green onion, green pepper and cherry tomatoes instead and I'll admit that I like hers better. I have yet to try the one I made yet but I will always use my mom's from here on out. it's just a favourite and I can't break it!

the dressing is really simple and light. 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar, cumin, black pepper, chili powder, cilantro, sugar and salt.

cilantro has one ridiculously strong smell. by the time I had finished chopping the onion my eyes were burning then I whipped out the cilantro and my nose could hardly handle it! it adds a wonderful flavour to the dressing, though.

mix the dressing with a whisk and then pour it over the beans and stir. put it in the fridge to chill and serve cold. I always eat mine with tortilla chips, too! it makes for a quick and easy meal. it's healthy and cheap and a good alternative to find your protein!

until next time, happy making!

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