Sesame Black Bean Salad

Sesame Black Bean Salad

Sesame and ginger-infused dressing breathes new life into this black bean salad, taking it in a deliciously different direction. Dive into the flavours of Asia with a salad that can serve as both side dish and healthy lunch.

Sesame Black Bean Salad

The versatility of bean salads also means that they can be enjoyed in many ways–in pitas, on crostini, as well as plain on a plate.  I also tried scooping up the salad with crisp rice crackers, which made the carb lover in me happy.

Another reason to love beans is that there’s not the risk of the lovely colours turning brown, as lettuce does.  Furthermore, in these temperatures, any leafy vegetables I buy are at risk of freezing and wilting by the time they get from the store to my kitchen. Flavourful salads from the pantry are an easier way for me and my family to eat well during winter’s coldest months.

Sesame Black Bean Salad | Swirls and Spice

If you are unsure about the radishes, it’s fine to leave them out.  Not everyone is a fan of their slightly bitter crunch.  I added diced carrots later and preferred the salad with both carrots and radishes.  Feel free to customize your salad too.

Sesame Black Bean Salad | Swirls and Spice

Sesame Black Bean Salad


For the salad:

  • 2 cups cooked and drained black beans (or one 400 mL can)
  • 1/2 cup red or yellow sweet bell pepper (capsicum)
  • 2 radishes, diced, optional
  • 1/2 cup carrots, optional
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro (coriander), optional

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pure honey or maple syrup
  • 1 +1/2  teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

 I’m sharing this recipe at Savoring Saturdays and here.

Also shared at Allergy Free Wednesdays and Gluten Free Wednesdays.


17 thoughts on “Sesame Black Bean Salad

  1. Wow, I think you have a real winner here and we are going to try it. Lunches at home get pretty boring and this would be a great lunch, and left overs would keep well.

  2. This is a pretty cool and interesting salad combination I would never have thought of. I admit that while I am not a fan of radishes at all, I think the sesame seeds and carrots are really intriguing. Pinning. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

  3. Sounds like a great meal.Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  4. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!

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