Black Bean Salad with Barley

What Are Black Beans?

Black beans, also called turtle beans are part of the legume family. These beans have been eaten for the past 7000 years and were first used in South America. Now they are enjoyed all over the world.

Not only are they healthy, but versatile too as they can be used in many different types of cold or hot dishes, or eaten all alone. Most super market or grocery stores will carry black beans either canned or dried in packages.


Black Bean Salad with Barley
Black Bean Salad with Barley | Source

Where do black beans grow?

A warm climate without any frost is needed in order to grow black beans. There are many places that grow black beans all over the world, but the highest producing countries are Brazil and India.


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What dishes or recipes use black beans?

The list is endless but here are some of the dishes that use black beans.

  • Soups
  • Stews
  • Chili's
  • Salads
  • Rice Dishes
  • Re-fried beans
  • Baked beans
  • Mexican Lasagna
  • Salsa


Black Beans & Barley "A Healthy Choice"

Nutrients in Black Beans
Benefits of Eating Black Beans
Nutrients in Barley
Benefits of Eating Barley
molybdenum
Will help in lowering cholesterol levels
fiber
Aides in lowering cholesterol
folate
Because they contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, they will help to fight cardiovascular disease
selenium
The fiber will help to keep you regular
fiber
Reduces the risk of some cancers.
tryptophan
Helps to prevent heart disease
tryptophan
Helps balance high and low blood sugar
copper
Can help to slow down atherosclerosis
manganese
High proteins in black beans are beneficial to your digestive health
maganese
Has been known to lower risk of type 2 diabetes
protein
 
phosphorus
 
magnesium
 
zinc
 
vitamin B1,B2,B6,A,
 
calcium
 
iron
 
thiamin
 
niacin
 
riboflavin
 
pantothenic acid
 
niacin
 
 
 
pantothenic acid
 
 
 
vitamin B6, A, E, K
 

Cook Time (Does not include 1-hour for refrigeration)

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 32 min
Yields: Serves 4 people 1-cup serving

Tips for cooking dried black beans

  • Soaking the beans overnight will reduce the cooking time. First clean them and remove all bits of dirt and rocks. Cover with water in a container that is large enough to allow the beans to expand a bit. Before cooking rinse in cold water.
  • Soaking beans overnight will give you a tenderer bean.
  • During hot seasons refrigerate the beans while they are soaking.
  • If eating beans causes flatulence, add summer savory to help reduce it.
  • To cook the beans evenly make sure that they are covered in water while cooking.
  • Adding cooking oil to the water will stop the beans from foaming over.
  • Beans that have not been soaked will take 2-3 hours to cook.


Ingredients For: Black Bean Salad with Barley

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp. of instant chicken flavor bouillon, powder
  • 1/2 cup of barley (I use pearl barley)
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup or 1 rib of celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup or 4-5 green onions, chopped
  • Salad Dressing
  • 1 large clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cumin
  • 3 TBS. of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBS. of orange juice
  • 2 TBS. of apple cider vinegar
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Cooking the barley in water with chicken bullion.Ingredients for the salad dressing.For the salad you will need a can of black beans, chopped green onions and chopped celery.You can remove the seeds from the chopped tomatoes if you like. I leave the seeds. Chop the tomatoes as large or small as you wish.
Cooking the barley in water with chicken bullion.
Cooking the barley in water with chicken bullion. | Source
Ingredients for the salad dressing.
Ingredients for the salad dressing. | Source
For the salad you will need a can of black beans, chopped green onions and chopped celery.
For the salad you will need a can of black beans, chopped green onions and chopped celery. | Source
You can remove the seeds from the chopped tomatoes if you like. I leave the seeds. Chop the tomatoes as large or small as you wish.
You can remove the seeds from the chopped tomatoes if you like. I leave the seeds. Chop the tomatoes as large or small as you wish. | Source

Instructions:

  1. To start with you will need to cook the barley. In a medium saucepan add 1 cup of water and mix with 1 teaspoon of instant chicken bouillon. Bring to a boil and add the barley. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 12 minutes. Set aside to let it cool.
  2. For the salad dressing I use a jar with a tight fitting lid to shake and mix it. Finely chop the garlic clove and add it to the jar. Add the extra virgin olive oil, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Put the lid on the jar and shake really well. Set aside.
  3. Chop onions, celery and tomatoes. Drain and rinse the black beans and put them into a medium sized salad bowl. Add and mix barley, onions, celery, and chopped tomatoes. Pour the salad dressing over the top and toss coating all ingredients.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour to blend all the flavors together. Toss once more before serving. Enjoy!

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4.7 stars from 10 ratings of Black Bean Salad with Barley

Black Bean Salad with Barley

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Cup
Calories 280
Calories from Fat99
% Daily Value *
Fat 11 g17%
Carbohydrates 39 g13%
Fiber 31 g124%
Protein 9 g18%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Zoe, So glad you liked it :)


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ZoeSophia 4 years ago

I tried this recipe and it is so delicious. Thanks for posting it. It was a nice refreshing change to my leafy greens salads...


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Rebecca, I've gotten into the habit of grabbing a couple of cans each week at the grocery store. I want to try the dried black beans and make a bean soup soon.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Black beans are so healthy. I should eat them more often. This recipe will help. Sounds really tasty too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Vicki, I just recently started eating black beans. I really like them too.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love black beans! This looks so healthy. Nice and cool for the summer, too. Great recipe hub! Voted up and others!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, It's a great way to eat barley and black beans are always great.

drbj, They probably are called turtle beans because of the shininess of them.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruby, I've heard of 15 bean soup. Wish I could get that here in the Great White North.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

These black beans do add a touch of class and color to a salad, Susan. Thanks for including some history with your recipe. I know that black beans are often called turtle beans. Perhaps because they look like shiny hard turtle shells. Do you know of any other rationale for their unusual name? Just wonderin'.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Brian, That's so nice of you to say. Thank you!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

North Wind, The only time I used to have barley would be in beef and barley soup, but have recently discovered is quite good in salads.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I love black beans...probably have them once a week really. I throw them in salads and soups, stews, chili - yum!

I have not had them with barley! This sounds really perfect. A full meal with a slice of bread and left overs too!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pamela, Hope you enjoy it.

Joan, Thanks!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tammy, Thank you.

Frank, They're really good and good for you.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I use a product called 15 bean soup that has black beans and it's delicious. Your recipe is one i will try, and your salad too. Thank you...


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hyphenbird, You could always use a vegetable bullion or just cook the barley in water. Thanks and I hope you enjoy the salad.


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

Susan, this is a very useful hub on a little used food. You are fast becoming my number one choice for bringing new recipes and food topics to hp that are both helpful and useful to know. I wish they could give you an accolade for best food technologist you would win hands down. Voted up and shared,


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Crystal, Thank you.

Bill, I hope Bev likes the recipe.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

I have had black beans but never had barley because I really had no clue what to do with it. This salad sounds good so I will give it a go.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Peggy

Viking

Audra

Thanks everyone.


joanwz 4 years ago

yum!!!! What a great summer salad, perfect for picnics


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Your recipe sounds wonderful as I love black beans. I will be sure to try it as I've copied it into my recipe file. Thanks.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Ive never tasted black beans.. so hey maybe Ill like it right? another good share and very informative for a food product I haven't tried bless you Susan..


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This looks wonderful. Everyone is dieting in my household and black beans are the best diet food. They really fill you up. I am glad to find a recipe where I can eat them cold. Well done!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Letitia, They're great in salads.

Cardisa, Hope you enjoy it.

MamaBambie, Thank you.

Thanks Audrey.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Susan, I did think about the conversation we had. LOL They sure are good! Healthy too! :)

Now we have your salad as another way to enjoy them - yum!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

missolive, It was you that made me try black beans in the first place :) I liked them so much that they've become a staple around my house.

Hope that enjoy the salad. It's quite tasty.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

We love black beans and eat them often. They have so much flavor and satisfy a craving for a savory taste. Thanks for the recipe. I will leave out the chicken bullion and that is a great thing about most recipes. They can easily adapt to individual needs. 5 stars for this one.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

TToombs, Thanks so much.

Tina, Black beans are good in so many dishes, hope you enjoy them.

Kelley, Thank you.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Bev would like this; I'll pass it on! Hope you are having a nice weekend.


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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

Love this recipe. I plan to try it, definitely. Voted up.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I really want to make this...looks soo good! Voting up this for presentation too!


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

I make and eat a lot of salads but I have never used black beans. This recipe looks interesting. Great photos and instructions too.

Shared on Twitter. Voted 5 stars


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

This really sounds good and I know that it is nutritious. I quite often used the canned black beans and add them to things. Thanks for your delicious sounding recipe. Adding the barley is a nice touch! Also learning about where the black beans are grown was interesting. Good luck in the contest. Gave this a 5 star rating and voting it up and useful.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This looks wonderful Susan!!


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MamaBambie 4 years ago from Dallas

Wow. This looks and sounds amazing. I love how you gave a back story and the nutrition facts. Voted up.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I love black beans. All the ways you mentioned that they can be prepared I love. That salad of yours looks tasty as well, must give it a try.


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

I'm excited to learn that black beans have been eaten for 7,000 years! I've always loved them, but never thought to use them in a salad. I'll try this, thanks.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Well this sounds pretty good. My daughter has been eating lots of black beans lately and we've been looking for different recipes. This sounds like a keeper. Cold bean salad also sounds pretty refreshing with this heat we are going through this summer. Thanks for the recipe and your pics and info look great. Neat map too! I had never considered where black beans come from - interesting. Now I know! :)


kelleyward 4 years ago

Another fantastic hub! 5 stars and shared. Take care, Kelley


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

I have never tried black beans but I will look for them the next time in the shop since the black color look good in a salad and are healthy too. It is the right season for a salad here now and I often bring a salad for lunch at work. Voted up, useful

Tina


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Great recipe! We usually use black beans in dirty rice or rice and beans and this will make a great addition! Thank you! Voted and more!

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