Bean salad is one of my favorite things to make as a simple lunch, or to bring to a pot luck. Simple, tasty, and healthy it is an overall hit. You can serve it as a side, or as a dip that you can use chips to scoop it up with.
1 can pinto beans
1 can black eyed peas
1/2 yellow pepper finely chopped
1/2 orange pepper finely chopped
1/2 medium white onion finely chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic minced
italian dressing or homemade vinaigrette
1/2 jalapeño minced
small handful cilantro roughly chopped
Drain and rinse the beans, place them in a bowl. Add the chopped peppers, onions, garlic, jalapeño and cilantro if using. Gently stir to mix. Add in italian dressing, or homemade vinaigrette to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours. Serve with your main dish as a side, or with a sturdy chip for scooping.
The recipe above is for a very small batch and is meant to be increased as needed. If I am making the bean salad to take to a pot luck I usually double it. Also, if I am not making anything else that calls for bell peppers or an onion I will chop the whole thing and toss it in. The above recipe is just a base, add and subtract as you like.