June 13, 2009

Patio Pinto Salad

Ensalada de Frijole
or Patio Pinto Salad as I call it, 
is a delightful summer salad and perfect for grilled foods, plus, it’s an easy one.
Buy Mexican products when possible
Patio Pinto Salad

2 1/2 cups cooked pinto beans
1 tablespoon chile sauce
4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 teaspoon mustard
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup bacon bits
2 tablespoons favorite vinaigrette or a creamy onion dressing
Combine beans, eggs, cheese, and onion in a large bowl. Chill.
Combine remaining ingredients and pour over the bean mixture.
Top with bacon bits and serve on lettuce leaves.


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