Ultimate Black Bean Salad With Nopalitos & Buttercup Squash

I love black bean salads. There is no end to the possible ingredient combinations, the only limitations being lack of availability and imagination. This time I included many of the appropriate ingredients on hand in the fridge and pantry. There were other things I would like to have added, but it was becoming a rather large salad and the two of us can only eat so much.

I started by roasting the buttercup squash. I wanted it to keep its shape and remain firm so it would hold up in the salad, so I oiled just the baking tray and baked the squash without seasoning at 350ºF with the convection fan, turning the cubes once.

black bean nopalitos salad


The ingredients for the salad were:

  • cooked black beans
  • roasted buttercup squash
  • prepared nopalitos
  • sweet corn
  • pink sweet onion
  • Serrano chile
  • red Fresno chile
  • jalapeño
  • shredded carrot
  • chopped (shredded) red cabbage
  • cilantro
  • lime
  • avocado

When we ate the salad it was concluded that the lime should have been added as juice rather than chunks. Biting into a piece of lime was a bit intense.

black bean nopalitos salad

black bean nopalitos salad


I tossed the black beans with powdered cumin before adding the rest of the ingredients.

black bean nopalitos salad

black bean nopalitos salad


Most any salsa or dressing would go well on this salad.

black bean nopalitos salad

black bean nopalito salad


So, what to do with leftover black bean salad? (If you are not vegan) Have it for breakfast.

I watered down refried black beans seasoned with Tex-Mex chipotle seasoning in a skillet before adding the leftover black bean salad.

black bean nopalito salad

black bean nopalito salad

black bean nopalito salad


I stirred in some tomato sauce, and when it was heated I added eggs and slid the skillet into a 325ºF oven until the whites of the eggs had set.

black bean nopalito salad

black bean nopalito salad


This was a tasty way to use up the leftover black bean salad.

black bean nopalito salad



 


8 thoughts on “Ultimate Black Bean Salad With Nopalitos & Buttercup Squash

  1. You’re becoming the King de la leftovers! I look on them as a vital part of food prep; they are PLANNED OVERS. After all, what are convenience foods that are available in the store other than someone else’s leftovers?

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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  2. My whole blog has evolved into a crusade to encourage readers to make life easier for themselves by making planned overs to help with the next few meals to come. That is basically my raison d’etre for the blog, since the “travel” theme got curtailed. Maybe writing about it more, emphasizing the ease of preparing subsequent meals, as well as not wasting food, will become more mainstream if more people do it.

    There should be no stigma attached to your own food being used a day or two later. How is that different from a can, box, carton, or bag of something that has been pre-prepared in a factory somewhere, rather than lovingly in one’s own home? My new jar of nopalitos has lots of them “leftover” from the day I bought them, but that doesn’t make them less attractive in use. We buy prepared foods like mayonnaise, condiments, relish, etc., and use from them repeatedly.

    Huzzah for leftovers/planned overs!!!

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  3. I can’t even count the number if dishes I use black beans in, surely my favorite bean. This week I attempted black bean burgers. Very tasty but I need to work on making the right consistency for grilling. Have you made your own black bean burgers yet?

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    1. Black beans are without a doubt my favorite bean too. I have made black bean burgers more than once but neglected to document the events. I have long been on a quest for the perfect veggie burger and I’m not sure it will ever end. There is always something else to try.

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      1. I used a food processor. I don’t remember all the ingredients but beetroot was one of them. Probably used bread crumbs, potato, flax seed meal and possibly seitan. We had some the other day that I had frozen and it was impossible to tell what all was in them. I will no doubt be making more when the frozen ones are finished.

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