kitchen sink salad


So, this recipe is an odd assortment of fruit, vegetable and legume.

I swear it’s pretty tasty.

Except for the tomatoes (which he loathes, silly thing) Husband gives it 9 corn nibblets out of 10.

the only thing missing is chocolate

Avocado and Adzuki Bean Salad

1 1/2 cup cooked beans
1 red onion, chopped
4 small tomatoes, chopped
1 orange pepper, chopped
1 c fresh corn nibblets
1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped
2 avocados, diced
1 ripe, but firm mango, peeled and matchsticked (is that a verb?)
1/2 packed cup fresh spinach, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large pinch crushed pepper flakes
3 tbsp lime juice
1-2 tbsp umeboshi vinegar
fresh ground black pepper
1/4 c olive oil

  • Combine all ingredients up to the spinach in a large bowl and toss.
  • Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine.


I have a large Ziploc bag of beans in my freezer.  When I had a bunch of time on my hands (must have been pre-behbeh) I cooked up large amounts of several different types of beans (kidney, adzuki, garbanzo, lima, black, navy, etc.) , laid them out on a tea towel to dry (this is important, so as to keep the beans from freezing in a giant legume-y glacier) and froze them all together in one great big Ziploc.  Now, I can just take out the amount in need to feed the baby, or make dinner.  Some may not be able to get past the “but the recipe calls for x-type of bean”, but I’m a fan of using a mixture in just about everything.  Broad nutritional spectrum, if you will.

In regards to salad dressings, umeboshi vinegar is aces in my book.  I use it in place of salt and to a lesser extent, vinegar.  Not only is it better for you (it’s made from umeboshi plums) but it’s a pretty colour.  It can take a bit of fiddling to get the amounts right, (a little goes a long way) so I always add it little by little, tasting frequently (it’s necessary, I swear!).  You can get ume vinegar at health food stores, well-stocked grocery stores (it’s generally in the oriental section) and Asian markets.


About Angela

My name is Angela. I am a 28 year old psych and criminology graduate, but I'd rather not diagnose you. I am a cuddle-slut. I can recite the entire script of The Princess Bride, (including accents) and believe that the meaning of life is contained within. Polyanna, commercials, and Oprah 'reunion shows' make me cry. I can whistle and hum at the same time, but I cannot touch my toes. I am an expert in both listening and talking. I look good in orange. I am a writer. I kick ass in Gin, Hearts, and Cribbage but I don't understand Canasta or Bridge. I can be heard singing Broadway numbers from my shower, and have dressed up as a viking princess, (complete with aluminum foil breast plate) The Phantom of the Opera, and a Ghostbuster for Hallowe'en. I have a bird named Bean. I have a brother named Adam. They are not related. I like vanilla body lotion, peanut butter, saunas, Jim Carrey, broccoli, pets,, Muppets, Kevin Smith, Corelle dishes, dry erase white-boards, Barenaked Ladies, Philosophy, the letter J, Harry Potter, picture frames, swimming, quilting, Michael Moore, genealogy, Raggedy Anne, tacky 50's tchotchke, 'Idiot's Complete Guide To' books, tweezers, feather pillows, polar dips, aquariums, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dr. Pepper. I don't like meat, gossips, cooked carrots, American Idol, mosquitoes, sweating, politics, public washrooms, tardiness, tuition, hunting, pat answers, pick up lines, brown bananas, cliches, pine scented air freshener, Kevin Costner, bacon, candied apples, pro-wrestling, humidity, and hypocrisy. Books I've read recently The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower, When Nietzsche Wept, What's So Amazing About Grace?, Catcher in the Rye, Not Wanted On the Voyage, The Red Tent, The Little Prince, The Way the Crow Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fall, The Knot of Vipers, Calculating God, The Chrysalids, Sick Puppy, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Franny and Zooey, The Brothers Karamazov, and jPod. I am slightly neurotic. No I'm not. Yes I am.

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