Mexican Three Bean Salad

Mexican Bean salad - a three bean salad with a Southwestern twist! Pinto beans, black beans, and green beans, with onions, jalapenos, Cotija cheese, cilantro with a sweet lime dressing.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Marinating time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 pound green beans
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1-2 jalapenos, seeded, chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, sliced thin
  • 1 cup Cotija queso seco cheese, crumbled (can sub feta)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Method

1 Boil the green beans: Cut the ends off the green beans and slice into pieces about an inch long. Fill a medium sized pot halfway with well salted water. Bring to a boil.

Add the beans to the pot and boil for 5 minutes, or as long as it takes for the beans to get tender. Green beans can be highly variable in how long it takes to cook them to tenderness. More mature beans can take longer, up to 20 minutes.

2 Combine with pinto beans, green onions, jalapeños, garlic, Cotija, olive oil: Drain the green beans and put in the bowl with the pinto and black beans. Drizzle the olive oil over everything and toss to combine. Mix in the green onions, jalapeño, garlic, and Cotija cheese.

3 Make dressing, add to salad to marinate: In a separate bowl, mix the lime juice and sugar until the sugar dissolves, then add it to the salad. Coat the beans well and let marinate for at least 1 hour, preferably several hours.

4 Right before you serve, toss in the cilantro. Add more salt to taste if needed.