Pinto Bean Salad with Spiced Molasses Dressing

Pinto Bean Salad with Spiced Molasses Dressing

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 1997

Molasses and chipotle pepper in adobo sauce add zest to this simple pinto bean salad.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, (not packed in oil)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, (optional)
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced


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  1. Place tomatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and place in a blender with garlic, molasses, vinegar, oil, mustard and chipotle, if using. Puree until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides once or twice. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine beans, bell pepper and onion in a large bowl. Toss with dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 240 calories; 3 g fat(0 g sat); 8 g fiber; 47 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 40 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 24 g sugars; 254 IU vitamin A; 19 mg vitamin C; 143 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 444 mg sodium; 850 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (32% daily value), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1 vegetable, 1½ other carbohydrate, 1 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 5

May 16, 2014
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By: janice.titgen
Doubled Recipe and Took to Potluck Prepared according to recipe except I added more chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and corn fresh off the cob. Everyone really enjoyed salad. Pros: Ingredients healthy and inexpensize Cons: no leftovers
November 15, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
What about pinto beans not packed with added salt? I find it healhier and just as tasty. Echorider
August 29, 2010
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By: Patty Christenson
This was delicious. My husband also like this. Had a nice spice to it. Looking forward to making again.
June 14, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This recipe rocks! I made it for a pot luck at work and it's been a requested item ever since. The chipotle allows you to control the heat (we like it spicy) to your tastes. It's simple to prepare and the ingredients are all readily available at your supermarket.
May 21, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I really enjoyed this recipe. It gets better as it ages because the flavors in the dressing really develop with time. The molasses was a little strong, but I adjusted the taste by adding a little more olive oil and 2tbsp of white vinegar to get a more tangy and less overly sweet flavor.
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