Two-for-One Black Bean Recipes

I have to be honest with you – I never ate black beans
growing up in our American-Armenian household. Nor had I ever heard-of – or – seen
black beans used in any of my family’s Armenian recipes.

So, why am I posting a recipe featuring black beans? ‘Cause I
like them, and they make a perfectly delicious salad – and more.

Today’s offering, Black Bean Salad, can be transformed into yummy Black Bean Burgers by adding about ½ cup (or more) of flour to the mix,
smashing ½ cup-worth of the bean mixture, adding it back to the bowl and mixing
it all together. Then shape the mix into 8 patties, chill for 15 minutes,
and pan fry them on both sides in a little oil. Serve with the spicy yogurt
sauce, and you’ll have a hearty, healthy meal!
Black Bean Salad

Black Bean Burgers with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

Black Bean Salad with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

    2 (15-ounce)
cans low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
    2 large
tomatoes, seeded and chopped (1 cup of canned diced tomatoes, drained, may be
substituted if fresh tomatoes are unavailable.)
    1/2 cup red,
yellow, or orange bell pepper, chopped
    1/4 cup fresh
cilantro, chopped (flat-leaf parsley may be substituted)
    1/2 cup onion,
    2 cloves
garlic, minced
    2 teaspoons
ground cumin
    1 teaspoon ground
    Kosher salt to
    freshly ground black
pepper to taste
    2 Tbsp. olive
    1 Tbsp. lime

    In a large mixing
bowl, add all ingredients. Mix until well combined. Cover and refrigerate until
ready to serve.
Spicy Yogurt Sauce

Spicy Yogurt Sauce

    1 cup plain
low-fat yogurt
    2 to 3 tsp.
lime juice
    2 Tbsp. cilantro,
finely chopped (flat-leaf parsley may be substituted)
    1 tsp. ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon ground
    Dash of cayenne
    Kosher salt to
    freshly ground black
pepper to taste

Spicy Yogurt Sauce

In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix
well. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Refrigerate for about 20
minutes before serving allowing time for flavors to develop.
NOTE: This recipe can easily be doubled.

To Serve: Garnish the black
bean salad with a dollop of yogurt sauce. 
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  1. Top rated Auto Repair Kent Information August 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I've never been a fan of veggie burgers, but I have to admit I went for seconds after cooking this one! So simple and easy.


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