*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                          Layered Black Bean Salad
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :11:00
 Categories    : Vegetarian                       Crockpot
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         BEAN MIXTURE
    1      cup           dried black beans
    4      cups          water
      1/2  cup           green bell pepper -- chopped
      1/2  cup           red bell pepper -- chopped
      1/2  cup           yellow bell pepper -- chopped
      1/2  cup           onion -- chopped
    1      dash          red pepper flakes
    1      cup           balsamic red wine vinegar
      3/4  cup           olive oil
    3      cloves        garlic -- peeled
    1      tablespoon    sugar
                         salt and pepper -- to taste
                         SALAD INGREDIENTS
                         Sour cream, low fat if available
                         bottled salsa
                         chopped lettuce
                         chopped green onions
                         chopped parsley for garnish
                            BEAN MIXTURE
 Rinse dried beans and place in the slow cooker.  Cover with water; set 
 cooker on low and cook for 8 to 9 hours.  Remove beans from cooker; 
 discard water and rinse beans.  Allow to cool.  Mix beans with peppers, 
 onions and pepper flakes; set aside.
 Mix vinegar, olive oil, whole garlic cloves, sugar and salt in a saucepan. 
  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Cool and strain.  Pour cooled dressing over bean 
 mixture and allow flavors to blend for at least 2 hours or overnight, if 
 time permits.
                           SALAD INGREDIENTS
 Because size of the bowl determins quantity of salad ingredients, exact 
 measurements cannot be determined.  Place half of bean mixture in bottom 
 of bowl.  Spread a thin layer of sour cream over beans and then a thin 
 layer of salsa.  Follow with a 1 inch 
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 NOTES : A colorful, unique salad, this goes well with corn chips or a 
        crusty bread.