July 17, 2012

Black Bean & Cucumber Salsa Dip

When I eat dip, I like to use a small/broken chip (or other dipper) & pile it with a lot of dip. The Bup is the opposite; he likes to use a full chip & put a little dip on it. Except with this dip. He was using a spoon to pile it onto his chips!

We both loved this. It's healthy & perfect for summer weather. The cool cucumbers take some of the edge off the spice from the salsa & jalapeno. The beans provide protein & some substance to the dip. We paired this with lots of watermelon for a light lunch.

I do have to tell you about these chips. We stock up when we go to Trader Joe's because they are amazing. They're the Veggie & Flax Seed Tortilla Chips. I can't decide which color I like best, but I think it's the green. The flavors aren't that much different, & maybe it's all mental, but they are really made from different veggies, so who knows. Either way, they're delicious.

Any chips would go well with this dip. I think it would also be good on some toasted baguette rounds, as a black bean bruschetta.


Black Bean & Cucumber Salsa Dip
Serves 4-6

1 1/2 c cooked black beans (or 1 can, drained & rinsed)
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
1/2 small cucumber, diced
2/3 c salsa*
1 tsp. lime juice
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt

Combine all ingredients & mix well. Chill for about 30 minutes before eating to allow flavors to meld. Serve with tortilla chips!

*I used Trader Joe's Double Roasted Salsa, but any kind will do. Use your favorite! You can also choose how hot you'd like your dip to be by the heat of the salsa. I thought the mild salsa with the jalapeno was just spicy enough, but you may prefer more kick!


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