Pinto Bean Salad with Spiced Molasses Dressing

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Pinto Bean Salad with Spiced Molasses Dressing

Pinto Bean Salad with Spiced Molasses Dressing

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

Serves 6

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 90 min.


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

Cooking Directions

Step 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.

Step 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.