Pinto Bean Salad
Pinto Bean Salad can serve as a side dish or a light meal. Make this delicious, refreshing and healthful salad with a staple of Texas and southwestern cooking -- pinto beans -- and you'll be more than pleased. The combination of flavors and textures is amazing.
Combine the lemon and lime juice and salt. Beat in the olive oil gradually until well mixed. Add the garlic and cilantro. Check seasonings and add more salt and pepper, if desired.
Pour dressing over the warm beans and mix until well coated. Add the chopped tomatoes and onions and toss well.
People in areas with hard water can cook their beans till the cows come home, and the beans will still be tough or not thoroughly done. If you have that problem, add a scant 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to the cooking water, and you will have one less problem. See also John Raven's article on how to cook beans.
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