Grace's Multi-bean Salad

Voilà! Many of you requested to know what this colorful looking side was that nestled in the background of our Miso Chicken plate. It's a fantastic bean salad from one of our most-favorite fellow blogger's site, A Southern Grace. Grace is a truly dedicated blogger and has so many great recipes. She also shares our same crazy love of cilantro. The funny thing is that she even inquired "whatever the colorful side dish in the background might be?" it in her comment on our previous post! Hehe. She sure stays true to what she likes, even though she didn't know it was hers!

Grace's original recipe called for bbq sauce, which we were unfortunately out of, so we improvised with a olive oil-based dressing. We made a few other changes, but it still turned out very delicious! Perfect for a side or party appetizer. You don't have to do the refrigerating step it if you're short on time - flavor just improves as it sits in there. One thing to note is that this recipe yields a whole lot. However if you like it as much as we did, it's okay. This even makes a great dip for tortilla chips... like a beany pico salsa (maybe that's what they should call it).


  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapenos, chopped
  • 1 15.5 oz can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 15.5 oz can yellow corn, drained
  • 1 15.5 oz can red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 15.5 oz can chick peas, rinsed
  • 1 15.5 oz can diced tomatoes with chiles, drained
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lime juice


  1. Combine all ingredients except for olive oil and lime juice in a large bowl. Wisk olive oil and lime juice in a small bowl. Pour over bean mixture and stir well to combine.
  2. Refrigerate for about an hour to let the flavors combine.


pam said...

I think I bookmarked this at Grace's site!

Unknown said...

This looks great....I think I am going to make this as a side dish tonight.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

When is a bean salad better than a bean salad? When it's a multi-bean salad! That chicken still looks so good, even when it's out of the focus :D

Joanne said...

Cilantro lovers united! This salad looks great, with bbq sauce OR the olive oil based dressing. I bet it would also make a great quesadilla filling with some cheddar!

Unknown said...

I made it for tonight's dinner and it was delicious!!! Will definitely make it again. I think it would be good too with the bbq sauce. I make something similar called Bbq succotash that I will post on my blog one of these days.

grace said...

ah, bliss. i like how ya'll improvised with the dressing, especially since it gives me a legitimate excuse to make this glorious dish again. :)

Ana said...

Fantástica!!!! me gusta mucho la combinación de ingredientes!!! y el cilantro tiene que dar un toque exquisito...

Un saludo!!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

This looks like the perfect sidedish!

Leslie said...

I love Grace too! Looks delish!

Velva said...

The bean salad is beautiful. It's good that you improvised. I ike the viniagrette ( with olive oil) better. Very nice.

Juliana said...

Wow, nice salad, love the idea of mixing different beans...not only colorful but tasty :-)

My Little Space said...

If the miso chicken without this salad, it's like a chicken without wings!

Esto said...

Its looking so delicious.................i love cooking and this tipe of dish..........i have also cooking site

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