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Old 01-10-2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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What's Missing?-Bean Salad

I made this bean salad recipe this weekend. I wanted to try it as it looked good and will fit in with my healthy eating plan. I followed the recipe exactly and something is missing. I cannot for the life of me figure out what it is.....but I want something added, I just cannot put my finger on it. Just seemed a little blah and that something was missing.

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I'm thinking more salt or maybe a splash of cider vinegar might liven it up some. I want to try to keep it healthy, too.

Just had an idea while typing this. Maybe add some chopped cucumber or blanched asparagus??

If anyone has input I would appreciate hearing it!! Thanks!

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Old 01-10-2011, 12:30 PM   #2
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P.S. I also used bottled lime juice (I know, horrors!!). It may have helped to use fresh lime juice??
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:33 PM   #3
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I agree. Needs some vinegar. Fresh lime juice would have made it better but the vinegar is what's missing.

The lime juice is intended to replace the vinegar in this recipe. I'd back off on the lime juice if you use vinegar.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:51 PM   #4
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Maybe just a splash of Balsamic vinegar if you have some.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:19 PM   #5
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Also, I think it needs more seasoning. More salt, some garlic. Replace the yellow onion with scallion
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:50 PM   #6
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I made this bean salad recipe this weekend. I wanted to try it as it looked good and will fit in with my healthy eating plan. I followed the recipe exactly and something is missing. I cannot for the life of me figure out what it is.....but I want something added, I just cannot put my finger on it. Just seemed a little blah and that something was missing.

Alfresco Bean Salad Recipe | Taste of Home Recipes

I'm thinking more salt or maybe a splash of cider vinegar might liven it up some. I want to try to keep it healthy, too.

Just had an idea while typing this. Maybe add some chopped cucumber or blanched asparagus??

If anyone has input I would appreciate hearing it!! Thanks!
I would add some red wine vinegar and bell peppers.
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:54 PM   #7
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I agree. This recipe needs peppers, and maybe a tsp. or two of a good salsa mixed in.

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Old 01-10-2011, 04:10 PM   #8
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I agree that it needs some red wine vinegar. Also, more seasoning, such as cumin powder, garlic powder, black pepper, maybe a little more salt. Also, some sliced black olives, extra sharp cheddar, and chopped cilantro would be some good additions.
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:20 PM   #9
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Thanks for all of the replies! I think I will print them off and add them to the recipe. It does call for cilantro and I even thought maybe it was a bit too much (and I LOVE cilantro). I could not taste the jalapeno that I put in.....but I don't like things too hot anyway. I think a vinegar and possibly some green pepper might be a good place to start. Maybe some garlic, too. I gave some to our neighbor and he added salsa like Goodweed mentioned and said it made a huge difference.

Thanks again everyone!
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Thanks for all of the replies! I think I will print them off and add them to the recipe. It does call for cilantro and I even thought maybe it was a bit too much (and I LOVE cilantro). I could not taste the jalapeno that I put in.....but I don't like things too hot anyway. I think a vinegar and possibly some green pepper might be a good place to start. Maybe some garlic, too. I gave some to our neighbor and he added salsa like Goodweed mentioned and said it made a huge difference.

Thanks again everyone!
Ah, I missed the cilantro listing.
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