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Pinto Bean and Pepper Salad

A simple and healthy bean and pepper salad to serve alongside your favorite grilled or Mexican meal. This Pinto Bean and Pepper Salad is perfect for busy weeknights or as a potluck dish.

A simple and healthy bean and pepper salad to serve alongside your favorite grilled or Mexican meal. Perfect for busy weeknights or as a potluck dish.

My kids went back to school this week. I find it incredibly hard to believe that another summer has flown by, I’m actually still processing the fact that I now have a 4th grader, 2nd grader and 10 month old. How in the world did that happen?

Back To School 2014 Collage

Back to school week always energizes me. I don’t know about other moms, but summer leaves me feeling a little ragged. I love the laid back relaxed feeling of summer break, but by now I’m starting to crave a bit of routine and order around the house. I’m also craving time to cook and blog more, so hopefully you’ll start seeing posts and recipes a little more frequently again.

This past weekend I attended my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower. My “baby” brother is getting married next month and I am so excited for the both of them. Bridal (and baby) showers are always fun to be a part of, not only for the obvious reason of showering the bride with gifts and love, but let’s be honest…the food is always something to look forward to. I love party food! When I started to make my plate my eyes spotted a good looking bean and pepper salad on the table. It was made by the mother of the bride and I helped myself to it a couple of times. It was so simple and that’s what I loved about it. I was inspired to recreate it immediately to serve as a side dish for one of our dinners this week. I made it earlier in the day and stored in the fridge so it was ready to go – to help with typical school night dinner prep madness. This Pinto Bean and Pepper salad is a perfect side dish recipe for tacos, quesadillas or even grilled chicken. It’s also a great (healthy) potluck dish (obviously since that’s how I first tried it), so consider making it for the next barbecue or get together you are invited to!

A simple and healthy bean and pepper salad to serve alongside your favorite grilled or Mexican meal. Perfect for busy weeknights or as a potluck dish.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Print Recipe

Pinto Bean and Pepper Salad

Yield: about 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium red, orange or yellow bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 sweet Vidalia onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed (I use Bush's Pinto Beans)
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons light oil (I used grapeseed oil, olive oil would work too)
  • big pinch coarse salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Carefully toss and serve at room temperature or chilled.

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22 Responses to “Pinto Bean and Pepper Salad”

  1. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) posted August 13, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I’m always looking for new bean salad recipes, and this one looks perfect! I totally agree with you-this would be amazing with tacos!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Hi Laura! It was perfect with turkey tostadas I made last night! 🙂

  2. Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted August 13, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I never ever get tired of beans salads! I hope your kids have a great week back!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

      me neither! Thank so much Erin!! Hope you are well!

  3. Gaby posted August 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Love this hearty salad! So perfect for summer!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 15, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Gaby!

  4. Patsy posted August 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    This looks like a perfect weeknight salad to have on hand for dinner! I’m so glad you shared it!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 15, 2014 at 8:58 am

      It really is perfect for a weeknight, especially in summer! Thanks Patsy, hope you are well!

  5. Erica posted August 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Shower food is always the BEST! This salad? I’m all about it! Delicious. Your little man is so your mini you! Adorable. Hope the kids are enjoying their first days

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 15, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Shower food really is the best 🙂 Thanks Erica…the kids are having a good first week 🙂

  6. Dolores posted August 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Aggie,
    Missy gave me this link to your site, sorry Missy from miss in the kitchen, she is my daughter. I love healthy recipes so I will be checking daily. Thank you for doing all the work you do all for us.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Hi Dolores!! Thanks so much for the note and for stopping by, I love Missy and will have to thank her for sharing my blog with you. I hope you find some good healthy recipes to try 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  7. Jessie posted August 13, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    This looks yummy & quick to put together for a weeknight side dish! My son goes back to school week after next for his last year of preschool (eek), it goes by so quickly!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 15, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Good luck to your son (and you!!)…it truly goes by so quickly. I feel like my kids were just in preschool the other day. Craziness. Have a great weekend!

  8. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen posted August 14, 2014 at 12:07 am

    I always found kind of humorous how happy I was that school was starting back up 🙂 It is nice to get back into the routine and have a moment to yourself now and then. Especially when there’s a baby in the house. I have found some of my favorite and lasting recipes at baby showers and similar potluck style gatherings. I would absolutely love this one!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 15, 2014 at 9:03 am

      I am always SO happy when school lets out for summer, but boy I do love getting back to a routine come fall. 🙂 I agree, I have discovered some favorites at potlucks too, it’s always fun to try someone else’s food!

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted August 14, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Loving this healthy salad! I love pinto beans!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 15, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Thank you Katrina! Yes, I’m a huge fan of pintos too!

  10. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted August 15, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I could eat this salad every day! Congrats to another school year!!! Enjoy the solo time with baby!! <3 PS: He's getting cuter every minute!!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted August 15, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Thank you friend! Micah is wondering why the house got so quiet all of a sudden, lol. xoxo

  11. Liz posted August 15, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Nice salad. Thank you.

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