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Black Bean Confetti Salad

Let me share with you what I’ve been eating for three straight days: this Black Bean Confetti Salad.

I mentioned yesterday that I got to spend some much-needed time with my family on Sunday. I concocted this deliciously colorful mess to take with because the only day I will ever in my life show up empty-handed is my birthday (and even then it’s a good solid possibility that I’ll tote along wine or something). I think that’s a good grown-up rule we should all adhere to.

Can we talk about grown-up rules for just a sec? Because after lolling on the sofa with my mom and my sisters and talking about pretty much everything in the whole world other day, we all came to the conclusion that basic human decency has gone straight out the window.

Example A: My sister is jogging in the morning. My sister passes the only other jogger that’s up as early as she, so she quietly says, “Good Morning,” as she runs by. The other person COMPLETELY ignores my sister- like doesn’t even glance in her direction and they are the only two people on the whole entire street. Rude.

Example B: You (and by you I mean my sister) are at work. You are walking down the hallway. You pass someone you don’t really know on a super-personal level, but you’ve seen them. You smile as you pass by and say, “Hey.” Not like all crazy with flailing arms kind of enthusiastically. Just a regular polite greeting. The person you pass pretends you aren’t there. Rude.

Example C: I am grocery shopping. The cashier starts to scan all the mess I’ve tried to neatly assemble on the little grocery store conveyor thing. I move over to the little spot set up for the customer that’s paying and one of two things inevitably ALWAYS happens to me. Either the cashier scans all my stuff and doesn’t utter a word to me – not, “Hey,” or , “How ya doing,” or anything –  OR while I’m trying to swipe my card and enter my pin number the person behind me in line starts to crowd me. Ummmmm… can we talk about personal space, please? Thanks.

Oh, and while we are on that subject– can we all just refrain from jumping in line, please? They teach you not to do that crap when you’re like 4 or something. All of us are busy and have places to be, contrary to your belief that your schedule is the most important thing.


Example D: You shoot a quick message to a friend you’ve had for forever. Nothing high-maintenance, because like I said before, all of us know what it is to be busy. You never had a squabble or a disagreement, or anything, and they just plain old ignore you. This has actually recently happened to my mom, one of my sisters, and me. I am of the opinion that that’s not all that friendly.

So my grown-up rules of human decency include doing none of the above things.

If we are friends (and of course we are), I will always find a minute to respond. If you are a stranger, I will return your greeting, even if it’s only a smile or a half-hearted wave. If you are ringing up my groceries or taking my order at the drive-thru I am gonna ask how you are doing. I don’t want to hear all the details of your life that will make me think of good ‘ol Maury. I’m just being polite. I hope you’ll do the same. This also applies to servers in restaurants. When you greet me, I will never ever respond by telling you what I want to drink. Because that is rudeness to infinity. If you invite me to your house, I’m gonna bring something!

And I will never ever jump in line (though, if I’m being totally real here it’s entirely possible that I will cut you off in traffic… I’ll use my turn signal. Sorry.).

If you are trying to follow these few rules about grown-up things, and let’s say you have someplace to be but you have no idea what to bring, black bean confetti salad is the answer! Yeah.

Or wine. Wine works. And hey– before I forget — this bean salad is completely awesome with tortilla chips. Crazy good. So if you’re bringing things, you could bring those, too.

Have you noticed people totally forfeiting all the rules of being plain old polite and friendly? Or is this a Carolina thing?

Black Bean Confetti Salad
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Serves: 6-8
  • 4 cups cooked black beans (2/ 15 ounce cans, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup red onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn (I used frozen, thawed)
  • ⅓ cup green bell pepper, very finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup red bell pepper, very finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, very finely chopped (hot peppers are optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. In a large bowl toss together the black beans, red onion, corn kernels, red and green bell peppers, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and garlic.
  2. Squeeze the lime juice over the beans and vegetables and then give them a quick stir. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup combine the cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  4. Using a small whisk or a fork, stir the red wine vinegar with the spices. Continue whisking while adding in the olive oil. When the oil and vinegar has combined, pour the dressing over the beans and vegetables.
  5. Toss the salad to coat and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.


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Susan Boyles

Wednesday 30th of January 2013

I missed this one back in October when you posted it. I am with you on the rudeness. My observation about this phenomenon is two-fold; 1) we have A LOT of damned yankees down here, at least in Wilmington, and they bring that NYC mentality with them, even though the friendly, smiling Southern faces and polite behavior are what attracted them to this place to begin with; and 2) there seems to be a general upward trend in narcissism in our society as a whole - it seems that it has become acceptable to be all about yourself and proud of it, no matter who you run over in the process. Until people dish it back to these self-involved folks, they will keep walking all over us because there are no negative consequences for their actions. As a born and raised damn yankee myself, I can be pushed off my peaceful, adopted Southern axis fairly easily and will shovel that crap right back atcha. As you can tell, I'm a little past over it myself - lol!


Wednesday 30th of January 2013

All the rude people in my world were born and bred here in Cleveland County. And they talk A LOTTTTTAAAA crap. I suck at being fake. If I don't like you or something you do, you'll know. But the general practice here seems to be to pretend to be nice and then be THE MOST un-nice person ever. Add to that the complete lack of social graces and you have a concoction for me being totally over it and wanting to run far far far away from this place. Canadians are friendly, eh?


Thursday 11th of October 2012

Agreed. Although, I stand in defense of cashiers - we're not all bad! I worked in a supermarket for years and always tried to at least say hello and goodbye, even if I was too tired to manage anything much more than that. But, on the flipside - rude customers are just as bad - those who you say hello to and they ignore you, you ask them a question of offer some help and get blanked, they talk on the phone while trying to pay you and act like you're inconveniencing them by pakcing up their shopping and taking their payment...ok, that's gonne be a long-borne grudge I think! I expect cashiers/restaurant staff etc to be polite and friendly, but I'll always be polite and friendly towards them too. These things work both ways. And always bring wine. I rarely take food, because it's often not that sort of thing, but always some kind of alcohol! If I was going to take food, this looks good! I love that first pic of all the veg, it makes me hungry!

Sugar Dish

Thursday 11th of October 2012

I worked in the service industry my whole life until last year- mostly in the food industry, but I ran a store, too. Though I was effectively the manager I had to run the register when I was working- I could not stand it when I'd say hello and people would ignore me. Hated it even more when the weirdos around here misconstrued my good upbringing, common decency, and freaking manners for flirting!!! I mean, come on, dudes. Get over yourselves. Anyway, I had this pow wow with my mom and sisters and we have collectively HAD IT with all the Rudey McRudes. We are in complete agreement-- it's all a two way street! Or should be anyway. Oh- and that's my favorite picture, too!

» Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Wednesday 10th of October 2012

[...] way. You can basically make anything into a taco-esque food and it’s going to be awesome. The black bean confetti salad from yesterday? Super great on a taco. Or a taco salad. Or just add this shredded chicken to it and [...]


Wednesday 10th of October 2012

Ah-ha! I was wondering why I hadn't gotten any yummy recipe emails from your blog. I saw the cream cheese banana bread recipe (which I'm making this weekend), and I thought I just accidentally deleted the post email. Thanks for telling me to resubscribe!

PS: I finally made your BBQ veggie sliders on Sunday. Mmmmm....

Sugar Dish

Wednesday 10th of October 2012

I think i might have a major addiction to the bbq veggie burgers. I seriously make them once a week. Ohhh cream cheese banana bread! I freaking love that stuff. Lemme know how it works out. Glad you're here!!

Choc Chip Uru

Wednesday 10th of October 2012

God you are more than right my friend, it is ridiculous how people do not know the simplest of manners! Rest assured I will always smile back and wave to you ;) Especially if you hand me this bean salad :D

Cheers Choc Chip Uru

Sugar Dish

Wednesday 10th of October 2012

Thanks, Uru. I will wave to you, too! We need to start like a grassroots "be nice" campaign. Gah.