Pineapple + Black Bean Salad

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I just never thought I’d get to this place. ESPECIALLY at my ripe age.

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The place where I spend my Saturdays at garage sales. & LOOK FORWARD to it. Who is this monster I’ve become?

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I thoroughly enjoy scrounging through other’s junk & finding treasures. Like, last weekend I found one of those incredible serrated bread knifes with the wooden handle – for $1. $1!!!! I didn’t even have to wheel & deal. & it took every ounce of my strength to walk away from a vintage Care Bears lunch box. I might regret that decision every day of this life.

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I’m new to this game, though. I grew up in a home where everything was new & no store brand grocery items were allowed. Green Giant green beans or DEATH. I wasn’t spoiled, I was blessed.

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Get outta my way this weekend, garage sale goers. I’m on a mission for a bronze toilet paper holder.



Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4


  • 1 package of barley
  • 1 can of pineapple, or fresh if you’re feeling feisty
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 2 tbsp. of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • S+P, to taste
  • Feta, optional

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook barley according to package directions
  • Lay pineapple + onion on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet
  • Drizzle with olive oil + S+P
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or until browned to your liking
  • In a bowl, combine pineapple + black beans + barley + cilantro + lime + S+P
  • Serve warm with feta unless you into that vegan stuff
  • Eat as much as you want – I won’t judge

14 thoughts on “Pineapple + Black Bean Salad

  1. Susan Christopher says:

    This looks delish. Really into the black beans as a substitute for meat lately and love the mix with the pineapple. By the way I’m glad you realize you were ‘blessed’ to have those Green Giant green beans instead of Mr Bob’s off brand as we worked very hard to keep your ‘blessed not spoiled self’ surrounded by the new. This garage sale deal though is quite concerning to your mother !


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