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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Black Bean & Strawberry Salad

About 2 weeks ago I took a photography course because I wanted to learn the proper way to use my camera. I'm not one to read large manuals, online or paper versions. I will also have extra parts left over when trying to assemble something myself too, but that's another story. We've had our camera (a Nikon DX) for about 2 years now and I simply left it on Auto mode because I had no clue what the other buttons meant. Which was fine for what I was using it for at the time, but even just the simplest one on one tutorial made it a little easier to use. I say "we" because, well, it's actually my husband's camera that he received as a gift one year, and I kind of took it over. I love to take pictures and still love to actually print them out and put them in scrapbooks to look at. If anyone ever needs a picture of something in our family, I'm the go-to person. I also recently read that a new lens came out for my camera which would be better for taking food photography (the 50mm 1.8) and after waiting for it on backorder for several weeks, it finally came in. See how the back seems a little blurry and faded out? This lens allows you to focus on the object and gives that look in the back, pretty neat huh! I still have a long way to go, but progress takes time and patience so bear with me while I figure this whole photography thing out! :)

And now for the recipe...
I don't know what I was thinking, but while shopping at BJ's Wholesale (which is like a Costco or Sam's Club), I bought a case (yes, 12 cans) of black beans. I don't know why, I only needed 2 cans at the time, but figured I'd use them up eventually and have slowly been incorporating them into our meals. I haven't been eating as healthy as I should be, mainly because I was so busy for the last 2 weeks and didn't plan anything so I decided that I'd make a bowl of this salad to pick on. Not only was it healthy and filling, it was so flavorful with the combination of fresh lime mixed with the sweetness of the berries and agave syrup and woodsy flavor of the rosemary. 

Black Bean & Strawberry Salad
1 15oz. Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 pt. Strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
1 Scallion, chopped
1 Lime, juice only
1 tbsp. Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
1 tbsp. Agave Syrup
3 tbsp. Canola Oil

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 4. 




  1. Can't wait to try! I always have black beans on hand, they are one of my bulk purchases that I can't live without. Thanks for giving me a new recipe for black beans. :)

  2. This is really nicely presented! I'm a chef on a yacht and I'm always looking for new and creative ways to make dishes.

    Can you tell me where I can find white bowls with handles like that??

    1. Hi Adam, I'm so sorry for the delay in response as I was on vacation for several weeks. What an exciting and interesting job you must have! I actually found the bowls at a local Kohls store but it is part of The Food Network's collection. I hope you find it, they have some great pieces. Thank you for stopping by!


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