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Pinto Beans with Watercress Recipe

Pinto Beans with Watercress Recipe

This zesty, Southwestern-inspired salad dish combines the healthful goodness of beans with spring-vibrant watercress, lime, and tomatoes, along with just the right amount of snappy spice.

A perfect picnic salad, this quick-to-make low-carb delight packs well and tastes outstanding. Use canned beans to make it even quicker.


2 cups canned or cooked pinto beans
1 cup watercress leaves
2 medium firm, ripe plum tomatoes, finely diced
1 medium celery stalk, finely diced

1/4 cup reduced-fat or soy mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour over the salad and toss to combine thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pack in a securely lidded container to transport.

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Adapted from Vegetarian Celebrations, by Nava Atlas (Little, Brown, and Company, 1996). Copyright (c) 1996 by Nava Atlas. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Vegetarian Celebrations, by Nava Atlas (Little, Brown, and Company, 1996).

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2:41PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012


11:29AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Thanks Annie.

1:46AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Lovely recipe. Thanks.

3:14AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:52AM PDT on May 8, 2010

Oh my gosh...this looks wonderful. And pinto beans are so full of good stuff. Agree with Kim that this looks like perfect lunch.

6:06AM PDT on Apr 17, 2010

Sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

4:10PM PDT on Apr 4, 2010

Mmmm, so lovely....

3:17AM PST on Feb 3, 2010

Thanks for the information

1:51AM PST on Jan 10, 2010

Perfect! Always looking for a healthy lunch alternative. I get tired of soups and sandwiches. And best of all, it's fast!

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