This punchy Caribbean three bean salad is quite literally full of beans! It's also a medley of fresh onion, coriander and fresh chilli pepper.
Caribbean three bean salad is the perfect easy side dish
I love to cook all things Caribbean and as it's Caribbean Food Week and I've discovered the perfect easy side dish. It is this easy Caribbean Three Bean Salad.
The beauty of a bean salad is that is more substantial than many salads. That means it can fill you up as well as still being very healthy. As well as the beans, this salad is packed full of fresh coriander and peppers. The garlic, lime and olive oil dressing is perfect for it too.
I added a chopped chilli but kept it on the side as Master Spice loves bean salads but isn't so keen on raw chillies! Well, to be honest, he wasn't keen on the onions and coriander either but don't let that put you off. He's only one.
It's a healthy main meal too!
I served this Caribbean three bean salad as a side dish but I could easily have eaten the whole dish as a main meal. I served it alongside some slow roasted pork that which was marinated and coated in Grace Foods Jerk bbq sauce. It was simple but made a really tasty meal.
The inspiration for this Caribbean bean salad
The recipe for this Caribbean three bean salad is an adaptation of the recipe which was on the tin of mixed beans I used (Dunn's River Peas & Beans). It contains a mixture of red kidney beans, blackeye beans and gungo peas but you could use any tin of mixed beans if you don't have/can't find this brand. You could even make it with just one type of bean, it wouldn't be exactly the same but it would still taste as good.
Can you prepare this Caribbean salad in advance?
This salad works just as well if you prepare it the day before. In fact, the flavours have even more time to develop and it is just as deliciously vibrant.
If you like recipes that can be prepared in advance then do check out my Cook Once Eat Twice recipe collection. There are loads of easy meal planning recipe ideas.
More Caribbean Recipes
If you'd like to see what else I've been making for Caribbean Food Week then have a look at this Chicken and Callaloo curry. Some of the Caribbean recipes I've made in the past include Escovitch Trout and Ackee Stir Fry. I have a tin of ackee at home at the moment and am hoping to make ackee and saltfish soon. I won't manage it this week but hopefully it won't be too long in the pipeline. Whatever happens, I will definitely be making this Caribbean salad again!
Recipe for Caribbean three bean salad
Caribbean Three Bean Salad
- 400 g Peas and Beans I used a tin Dunn's River, rinsed and drained (any can of mixed beans could be substituted
- 1/2 red pepper diced
- 1/2 red onion diced
- 1 tomato diced
- 15 g coriander chopped(cilantro)
For the dressing
- 1 lime juiced
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1 chilli pepper finely sliced
- Prepare all the salad vegetables and put them in a bowl with the beans.
- Mix up the ingredients for the dressing and pour over the beans.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
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