Saturday, September 1, 2018

Spicy Salmon Black Bean Salad #Recipe @PegCochran

One day my husband offered to go to the grocery store (yay!).  I asked him to get 1/2 lb. of salmon for our dinner.  I planned to put it on the barbecue.  He came home with this:

As you can see, this is smoked salmon, not raw salmon.  Delicious, but not what I was after for dinner.  I think we ended up with pizza that night.

Then I found this recipe for a salad that called for exactly this type of smoked salmon (as opposed to the thin slices you get to put on bagels with cream cheese.) I thought it would make a good lunch to take to work.  And it did.  I thought it was delicious--different from the run of the mill types of salads I'm always making.

So if you find yourself with smoked salmon when you wanted raw salmon, give this a try!  Or, you could even make it on purpose!

4 ounces. hot smoked salmon

1-15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 medium avocado, diced

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice (from 1/2 medium lime)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
1/4 cup or more chopped red onion to taste (optional)

Basically, flake the salmon into a bowl (it will flake very nicely.)  Add the beans, avocado and cherry or grape tomatoes.  (I added a bit of chopped red onion, too.)

Mix olive oil, lime juice, cumin and salt if using. (I thought it was salty enough without adding any but to each his own.)

Toss and serve chilled!  You could even put it over a bed of lettuce for an attractive presentation.  (I ate it out of the container I took it to work in.)


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A Park Avenue princess discovers the dark side of 1930s New York when a debutante ball turns deadly in this gripping historical mystery for readers of Victoria Thompson, Anne Perry, and Rhys Bowen.

Manhattan, 1938. Tired of being trapped in the gilded cage of her family’s expectations, Elizabeth Adams has done what no self-respecting socialite would think to do: She’s gotten herself a job. Although Elizabeth’s dream is to one day see her photographs on the front page of the Daily Trumpet, for now she’s working her way up as the newsroom’s gal Friday.

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  2. Thank you for the recipe, I'm going to make it this week for lunches. I've added all these books to my TBR, and an entire new series(Cranberry Cove)...I'm going to be busy. =)

    1. I think you'll enjoy the salad and I hope you enjoy the books!

  3. What a brilliant solution to the "What do I do with this unexpected salmon?"
    It looks like a real winner.

    1. By the way, there is red onion in the pictures, but not in the ingredient list.

    2. Libby, I mention in the instructions that it was something I added--not in the original recipe. but maybe I should go back and add it...

  4. That was a cute story, Peg! Copied and Pinned the recipe, and I'm going to buy the smoked salmon on purpose for this salad. Thanks!

  5. Salmon is one of my favorite foods so I'll be making this salad soon. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  6. I'm not a salmon person, but my late husband was & I would make it for him when ever he wanted it. Thanks for your generosity.