Orange-Cilantro Black Bean Salad

Hi Friends 🙂

***Did you check my blog this morning? WordPress messed up and deactivated my blog — they have since apologized for it thankfully. Sorry for the inconvenience!***

Did you have a nice weekend? I did, lots of relaxing, but also some running, yoga, reading, cleaning and shopping! I am ready to get back into my Mon-Fri routine, that’s for sure.

We did watch most of the Super Bowl – I got laundry folded and a little art project finished as well:

My niece (who turns 4 in a few weeks) and my sister/brother-in-law/nephew all live in OK – so I have to mail her birthday gift instead of being able to give it to her in person. I thought it would fun to surround her gift with these paper “snakes”. Here is her gift:

Little butterflies shoot out of the elephant’s trunk and you use the included nets to catch the butterflies. I thought it was so cute, I hope she really likes it.

For dinner last night I prepared a few tilapia filets and topped them with a black bean/orange salad. I found the recipe on the Weight Watchers website and prepared it as follows:

Orange-Cilantro Black Bean Salad

Serves 4

  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cumin Seed
  • 1 cup(s) canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium oranges, peeled, segmented (I used mandarin oranges)
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, chopped
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste


In a large skillet, warm oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes. Add garlic and cumin; cook 1 minute more.

Stir in black beans; cook just until heated through, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer bean mixture to a medium-size bowl; stir in oranges, cilantro and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper; serve. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.

Over the fish:

This was so bright and beautiful! I liked it, but Jason did not like the onion + orange flavor. You can’t please everybody 🙂

*Do you like shopping for gifts? Do you tend to buy what the recipient “needs” – or do you just go with what you think they would want instead?

*What is your favorite way to use black beans? Or, what is your favorite type of bean?

Have a great day!



23 Responses to “Orange-Cilantro Black Bean Salad”

  1. Beth Says:

    I loooove black beans. I’m having some today over a salad with sweet potatoes and cheese for lunch. I love making black bean soup, black bean enchiladas, and black beans and cilantro rice. Mmm!

  2. Maria @ Oh Healthy Day Says:

    I got my cousin’s that game for Christmas and I think I had just as much fun playing it as they did 🙂

  3. purplebirdblog Says:

    I love the flavor combination of citrus and fish! I love making black beans into burgers!

  4. purplebirdblog Says:

    Oh, and I love those paper snakes too! 🙂

  5. IHeartVegetables Says:

    That salad looks SO good!!! I had some sort of black bean thing on top of my salad for lunch! (It was from the cafeteria, but quite good!)

  6. Melissa Says:

    That salad looks delicious!

    WordPress did the same thing to my blog Friday – weird. When I saw the message I freaked out and sent them a frantic email. So glad we both got our blogs fixed!

    • Holly Says:

      I was sooooo irritated but I’m glad they realized their mistake. I just don’t know why it happened in the first place. Sorry to hear it happened to you too!

  7. Cathy K Says:

    i so wondered what was up with your blog this morning when i saw the wordpress big “deactivated” message – yikes! glad it got fixed up asap!
    love the paper snake!
    i try to give gifts by looking at what the RECIPIENT would like, not what i WANT them to like – i’ve received too many disappointing gifts like that, so i’ve learned!
    i love black beans thrown in a salad beast!

    • Holly Says:

      Seriously, I was so bummed when Jason came to tell me my blog was “deactivated” — he had checked it this morning and saw the message.

      It is definitely a good idea to think about what the person would like — it makes me think of my mom going into Hot Topic (do you have that store in Canada?) to buy gifts for my younger sisters — I know she wouldn’t have gone in there if she didn’t have to!

  8. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' Says:

    I like shopping for gifts when I know the person really well– otherwise, it’s kinda stressful! I definitely try to buy things that I think they wouldn’t buy for themselves, so it’s more fun!

    I don’t really love eating beans, but that salad looks delish!

  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) Says:

    the salad looks wonderful…but this…

    this is not an accident or an inconvenience…this is SERIOUS!!

    “WordPress messed up and deactivated my blog — they have since apologized for it thankfully. Sorry for the inconvenience!”

    Ummmm what???!!!
    If that happened to me I would be freaking out! And down time = lost money. Sorry to be that way…but yeah, it’s true. And…of course, it freaks readers out. And you could have lost your data, old posts, etc…did they have any other info or explanations?!

    • Holly Says:

      AVERIE!!! It was so frustrating — when I logged into wordpress this morning I had a notice saying I had violated their terms of use — WTF??? I emailed them and asked them to explain what I had done and why they didn’t notify me to let me correct it, I have no idea. The terms of use says something about not sending people to a multilevel marketing scheme, etc, which I don’t do!

      I emailed again (after they apologized – whatever) asking for the reasoning for this and I still haven’t heard back. What a pain in the ass.

      I hear you though — I tried so hard to not freak about it (plus I was at work trying to figure this out!) and now I’m cooled off.

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