Black beans with sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red onions and cilantro.

Grec-Mex Black Bean-Sweet Potato Salad



    • For the Roasted Sweet Potatoes
    • 2 large sweet potatoes peeled, cut into 1/2 inch or 1 cm cubes
    • 3 Tbsp extra virgin Greek olive oil
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • Black pepper to taste
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds, crushed in a mortar with a pestle, or
    • 1 heaping tsp cumin powder
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
    • 1/2 tsp paprika
    • 1/2 tsp cayenne, optional
    • For the Salsa
    • 2 cups cooked black beans washed, drained, and rinsed (good quality, low-sodium canned are fine)
    • ¼ tsp sweet paprika
    • 2 red bell peppers seeded and diced
    • 2/3 cup fresh cilantro or parsley, finely chopped
    • 1 medium red onion minced
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 5 Tbsp extra virgin Greek olive oil
    • Sea salt and pepper to taste
    • To serve
    • Chopped cilantro or parsley


    1. Preheat the oven to 400 F / 200 C.
    2. Layer a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
    3. Mix the olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric, ginger, paprika and cayenne together in a large bowl, and toss the sweet potatoes in this mixture.

    4. Transfer to the prepared pan in a single layer and roast in the oven for 20 minutes or till the sweet potatoes are tender and cooked through. It may take a few minutes more or less depending on the size of the potatoes.
    5. In the meantime, prepare the black bean salsa by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl.
    6. Add the cooked sweet potatoes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Mix gently but well and serve garnished with additional chopped cilantro.


    Dried vs Canned Black Beans: Dried black beans need to be soaked overnight and then cooked. The length of time needed to prepare them is their biggest drawback when it comes to comparing them to canned beans. But from a nutrition and sodium perspective, dried, soaked home-cooked beans are definitely better and richer in nutrients. If you do go for the canned variety, which can be quite high in sodium, look for low-sodium brands and rinse the beans thoroughly.

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