Fireworks Black Bean Salsa is a healthy delicious dip that is perfect for a snack or for entertaining. I started this blog because I was interested in sharing recipes I was cooking for cancer patients. This dip is one of the first anti-cancer recipes I shared on my blog.
I developed this Fireworks Black Bean Salsa recipe in July 2010. The challenge was to come up with a recipe containing different anticancer ingredients. Although much research still needs to be done to cure cancer, I believe cooking with healthy whole foods can help prevent and heal cancer. Foods that are high in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory qualities are especially important when one’s immune system is weakened.
Since developing this recipe back in 2010, I have continued to add to my collection of recipes that I cook for cancer patients in my community. I always try to use the highest quality whole ingredients (organic wherever possible), and customize what I make to suit their tastes and needs.
This salsa recipe not only contains lots of anticancer foods, but it is also just plain delicious, whether tossed with some cooked quinoa or other cooked whole grains, or served with whole grain corn chips. Here are the anticancer foods this salsa contains:
- black beans (high in fiber, protein)
- cherry tomatoes (vitamin A and lycopene)
- red bel pepper (contains capsaicin, a phytochemical that is believed to have significant anticancer benefits)
- mango (beta carotene)
- turmeric (curcumin)
- black pepper (pepper multiplies the body’s absorption of turmeric by two thousand)
- ginger (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant)
- onions (anti-inflammatory, antibacterial)
- orange and lime juice (flavonoids)
- olive oil (healthy fat)
This Fireworks Black Bean Salsa is not only healthy, but it’s colorful, flavorful and perfect as a snack or side dish. Fresh citrus juice perks up the flavors, and fresh mango adds sweetness. Double the recipe if you want to serve it as a side dish.
Fireworks Black Bean Salsa
- 1 1/2 cups Black Beans rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup Corn Kernels fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes cut into 1/4" pieces
- 1 medium Mango cut into 1/4" cubes
- 1/4 cup Cilantro finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper seeded, veins removed, minced
- 2 tablespoons Red Onion finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh Ginger minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh Lime Juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh Orange Juice
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
If using fresh corn, you can either use it raw, or cook the corn on the cob in boiling water for just a few minutes; then cut corn off the cob.
Place all Salsa Ingredients in a medium bowl.
In a small bowl, mix together all Dressing Ingredients.
Pour Dressing on top of Salsa Ingredients and toss well.
For more recipes that I’ve made for cancer patients, check out these cancer recipes.