Sunday, August 05, 2012

No-bake black bean dip with grilled pineapple salsa (vegan)

When invited to someone's home, I hate showing up empty-handed. So when B's new boss hosted a going-away party for another staff member, I chose to forgo B's suggestion of a bottle of wine and made a grilled pineapple salsa (recipe courtesy of my friend L) and a black bean dip. We arrived, bowls and bag of Tostitos in hand - and found out it was a catered affair. Luckily, his boss was incredibly gracious and the dips were a hit. I even got a nice compliment from a restauranteur! Plus the white bowls (borrowed from N of A Fine Balance) weren't too conspicuous and matched the caterer's dishware.

To make grilled pineapple salsa:
Cut pineapple into rings about 1" thick, and grill over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side. You should see grill marks on the pineapple. While pineapple is cooking, finely dice 1/2 red onion and 1 seeded jalapeno (see note below). Roughly chop 1/4 cup cilantro and grind 1T cumin seeds. Combine onion, jalapeno cilantro and cumin in a bowl and add juice of 2 limes. When pineapple is done, cut into small pieces and add to bowl. Season generously with salt.

Note: My friend uses a scotch bonnet pepper instead of a jalapeno, which gives the salsa really nice heat. But when cooking for people you don't know well, I'd err on the side of less spicy. 

To make black bean dip:
In a blender, combine 2 cans drained and rinsed black beans, 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped, 2T garlic, 2T lemon juice, 2T balsamic vinegar, 2T olive oil, 2T water and a small handful of cilantro. Blend then add salt to taste. If necessary, modify quantities of above ingredients to suit your taste.

Variation: Add chopped red pepper. 

To serve:
Serve separately or together with corn chips. Leftover pineapple salsa would also go nicely with chicken or fish. Leftover black bean dip would make a nice addition to my loaded chicken nachos recipe.


  1. kat, i shared this recipe with my husband. :) he's the cook. he says it sounds good! yes, i will read lyrics or hear a song & sometimes it will take me a minute to remember the name or who it's by, or why the song is familiar, if it's a remake. i can even tell when it's a new song by a band just by the singer's voice.

  2. This looks soooo amazing! I love bean dips- and no bake? Even better :)


  3. asecondglanceblog8 August 2012 at 08:17

    If your husband ever ends up making it, please be sure to let me know how it turns out!

  4. so glad you shared this recipe! It was so delish from the little taster you gave me :)


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