Black bean salad dressing

Contributed by Preston Maring, MD

Black bean salad dressing
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  • 1 can black beans
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, finely minced
  • 1 small shallot, finely minced
  • 4 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Add a little olive oil to a small saucepan and briefly sauté the garlic, jalapeño, and shallot. Add the black beans with liquid. Simmer for a few minutes until heated through. Drain the beans in a sieve. Add the vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, remaining olive oil, and season to taste. Use some or all of the mixture on a big salad. Top with leftover fish or chunked chicken. Be certain to wash your hands well after mincing the jalapeños.

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