Menu Close

Smells Like Bean Spirit

black bean salad turkey feta baby spinach
“I’m worse at what I do best and for this gift, I feel blessed”

Theme song by Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from Nevermind 
Listen on Spotify
Listen on YouTube

Listen to the More Recipes About Music & Food Spotify Playlist

I know I’m supposed to marvel at the genius of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, but I consider Screaming Trees the best band from the Seattle Grunge Years. I acknowledge Nirvana Nevermind (along with Pearl Jam Ten) took a regional music scene and turned it into a national frenzy, and for that, both albums deserve the iconic place they have in music history. I also acknowledge Nevermind is an almost All Killer No Filler album, close to perfect but just missed it by one or two tracks. Kurt Cobain was a great songwriter capturing the angst of a certain era, but, let’s face it, had he not died young we might have faced a Fat Kurt a la Elvis scenario. Not saying we would have, just saying I prefer the Legendary Kurt a la James Dean more.

I also prefer Big Salads.

If I’m going to have a salad, I’m going to make a meal out of it. Sure, there is a place and time for a small salad as a side for another meal item. I believe, most people ordering a salad as a meal want a Big Salad. Sadly, very few restaurants do big salads well with the exception of most diners. So when I want to Big Salad, I Big Salad at home.

The bowl needs to be large enough to toss the salad without creating a mess. This, of course, requires a large salad bowl. Technically you are looking for a serving bowl, something in the 1.5-quart category. This will offer up plenty of ingredient room. 

You want a salad big enough to qualify as a meal, provide vegetable and protein, but not be unwieldy. I tend to go heavier on vegetables than meat or cheese, but you want to be able to get a bit of everything in every bite. Too many Big Salads go way too heavy on cheese or croutons. As for the dressing, I go with a simple balsamic and oil. A salad should be dressed not costumed. Too much dressing ruins an otherwise great salad. 

How you do a Big Salad is really up to you. Big Salads for me often involve assembling whatever happens to be leftover in the refrigerator. For this particular salad, I started with some baby spinach. I topped the spinach with some leftover Black Bean & Corn Taco Salad. It had a lime-cumin dressing that then served as the dressing for the salad once tossed. Topped with a few homemade croutons, some sea salt, and Aleppo pepper, and I had a perfect quick afternoon lunch break. Certainly better than anything I’ve had in a restaurant or delivered.

SMELLS LIKE BEAN SPIRIT
Black bean & corn salad, feta, croutons, baby spinach, sea salt, and Aleppo pepper 
Makes 1 big salad

2 cups baby spinach
1 1/2 cups Black Bean & Corn Taco Salad
1-ounce feta, crumbled
Croutons
Sea salt
Aleppo pepper

Place the baby spinach in a large bowl. Place the black bean & corn salad in the center in a neat pile. Sprinkle the feta over the salad. Finish with croutons, sea salt & Aleppo pepper.

BLACK BEAN & CORN TACO SALAD
Makes 6 – 8 servings

2 15oz cans black beans, drained & rinsed
1/2 red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
2 medium red pepper, medium dice
1 large poblano, medium dice
1 yellow pepper, medium dice
1 jalapeno, medium dice
2 scallions, whites diced – greens chopped
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 cups frozen corn
2 limes, juiced
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1/2 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 1/2  teaspoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (or red pepper flakes)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill for 1/2 hour before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

Posted in bushwick, cooking, food, foodmusic, grillclub, music, musicfood, salad

1 Comment

  1. Pingback:Nothing Compares 2 Blue – Bushwick Grill Club

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I accept that my given data and my IP address is sent to a server in the USA only for the purpose of spam prevention through the Akismet program.More information on Akismet and GDPR.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.