Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cucumbers stuffed with Black Bean Salad

It won't be long till I have cucumbers coming out of my ears from the garden, so I am coming up with uses for them now. This is a nutrient dense salad that is great for a light lunch or as a side dish at a summer barbeque, there is just something fun about eating them this way. I used just a pinch of cayenne for a hint of heat to go with the cucumber, if you like a lot of heat feel free to add a diced up hot pepper or more cayenne. If time is short, just serve in a bowl instead of in hollowed out cukes.

Cucumbers stuffed with Black Bean Salad

3-4 cucumbers; cut in half lengthwise and hollow out with a spoon. Then salt the boats and set upside down on paper towel to drain. Dice up the cucumber that you hollowed out, salt it and let it drain in a strainer while you make the rest of the salad.

In a bowl combine:
1 1/2 c. cooked black beans (you can sub 1 can rinsed and drained)
1 small red onion, diced
1 tomato, diced
1/2 of a red pepper, diced
1/2 of a green pepper, diced
To make dressing, in a small bowl combine:
Juice of 1 lime
3 T. olive oil
1 tsp. rice vinegar
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/8 tsp. dry mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
pinch of cayenne pepper
Mix well, pour over veggies, stir in drained chopped cucumber and fill boats. Serve any leftover in a bowl.


roseyrebecca June 11, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

That looks so good! I'll have to try it!

iRaw June 11, 2009 at 4:29 PM  

Oh these are so colorful and delicious looking!

Brigid June 11, 2009 at 5:04 PM  

Those sound delicious!

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Family Cuisine Food And Recipe June 11, 2009 at 10:07 PM  

Thank you for sharing. Sure looks healthy and tasty.

koshercamembert June 12, 2009 at 5:21 AM  

Looks great. Can make this fancy, or just chop up the whole cuke and turn into an outdoor picnic salad. Dressing for bean salad is a keeper!

Heavenly Housewife June 12, 2009 at 7:19 AM  

Your food always has the most beautiful colors :)

janet June 12, 2009 at 9:29 AM  

Thanks for all of the kind comments.This is my favorite salad at the moment!

s. stockwell June 12, 2009 at 12:25 PM  

Fresh, tasty. Looks like something we would love here in Santa Barbara. thanks, s

Claudia June 13, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

Gorgeous and I can tell tasty. I shall be trying it.

Lisa Curcio June 14, 2009 at 11:22 AM  

This looks delicious! It looks like a quick lunch that can be eaten on the go, I bet I could eat this and chase my kids around.

The Duo Dishes June 15, 2009 at 3:59 PM  

Totally love this. It'd be nice to toss it on the grill too. Yum.

Simply Life September 4, 2009 at 8:38 PM  

SO creative! I've never thought of that- was this your idea! Thanks for sharing!

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