Two Can Keep

Bean Salad

Bean Salad

Sometimes things work out, and more often then not I have to remind myself of that fact.  Apparently a few months ago I had a special moment and forgot to sign up for August’s Secret Recipe Club reveal – my first miss in two years!!!  Thankfully I was on Facebook at the right time to see a call to adopt an orphan for Group D, so I still get to participate.  The blog I adopted wound up being perfect for me as Dena’s Oh! You Cook! blog is 100% Kosher!!!  That’s right – 100% full of treats not treif 😀  Which meant I could pick any of her dairy, vegan,  or parve recipes and not have to worry about surprise ingredients which was fantastic since I had only a few days to pick and make the recipe.   Since I knew I was hosting another game day over the weekend I decided to look for easy side dishes or dips that would work with out bbq plan.   Which narrowed it down to her Black Bean Salsa, Buffalo Nachos,  Israeli Beet Dip, and Bean Salad.   I really wanted to do her beet dip but struck out at the farmer’s market, and again when I suggested the dip on the meetup page – apparently gamers don’t like beets?!?!  So I decided to whip up her bean salad, knowing it would be the perfect gluten-free and vegan side dish for our eclectic group of gamers.   Some quick changes: used two cans of chickpeas (thought I bought kidney but apparently didn’t) and argula for cilantro since a few of our friends can’t stand the stuff.

Two Can Keep

Serves: Yields 8 cups of bean salad


2 cans black beans, well rinsed

2 cans chickpeas, well rinsed

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 red onion, diced

1 green pepper, diced (optional)

1/4 cup argula, loosely torn

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 tbsp yellow mustard


  1. Drain the beans and place them in a large bowl. Toss in the red onion, garlic, argula, and green pepper in with the beans.
  2. In a small bowl whip together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and yellow mustard. Once mixed, pour over the bean mixture and stir.
  3. Refrigerate until time to Serve!

Sure enough this salad was a hit!  Some people used it as a really thick dip, others topped their burgers with it, while a few of us dived in with spoons.  So while gamers don’t like beets – they most certainly LOVE beans!!!!

11 thoughts on “Two Can Keep

  1. Thank you for being so kind as to adopt our orphan, Dena. She has an absolutely fantastic blog! This bean salad looks very yummy 🙂 I’m gonna have to try her beet dip – that sounds VERY good to me!

  2. I’m an honorary group A member this week, and loving all of the delicious recipes I’m finding. When I was growing up, you couldn’t find a cookout or family reunion that didn’t have a big bowl of this sitting on the table.

    Cilantro haters?! Whats wrong with them?! 🙂 Then they definitely wouldn’t like what I made, cilantro lime dip! 🙂

    1. Apparently there is some gene that causes some people to perceive cilantro as tasting like soap – and I am oh so thankful I don’t have that gene!

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