Hearty Black Bean and Green Bean Salad with Dried Fruits

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What Started it all:
Black Beans, Green bean, dried fruits (raisins, apricots), food processor

This vibrant and nutritious salad is perfect for a family meal. Packed with protein-rich black beans, crisp green beans, and a delightful mix of dried fruits, this dish is both healthy and delicious. It's easy to prepare and makes a wonderful side dish or light main course.


  • 1 cup black beans (canned or cooked from dried)
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add the green beans and cook for 3-4 minutes until tender-crisp.
  3. Drain and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  4. Drain again and set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the black beans, green beans, raisins, dried apricots, red onion, red bell pepper, and fresh parsley.
  6. In a small bowl or food processor, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients.
  8. Gently toss to combine, ensuring everything is evenly coated with the dressing.
  9. Transfer the salad to a serving dish.
  10. Garnish with additional parsley if desired.

Enjoy this colorful and flavorful salad as a nutritious addition to your family meal. It's a great way to incorporate a variety of textures and tastes, making healthy eating a delightful experience for everyone.

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