Squash & Black Bean Salad

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

1 Serving

Squash & Black Bean Salad

Categories > Dinner, Salads

Sybille van Kempen’s mother Anna Pump, opened the Loaves and Fishes Food Store in 1980, and ever since, the store has served fine prepared foods for takeout in Sagaponack, East Hampton. “My mother loved cooking and entertaining, and sharing that with others,” van Kempen tells Nutritious Life.  “My mission is to get everybody back in the kitchen and gather around the table, sharing food, and conversation together.”

We know that produce has more flavor and nutrients when harvested at its peak ripeness, so we asked van Kempten to share one of her favorite winter recipes inspired by her new farm to table cookbook, Loaves & Fishes Farm Series Cookbook: The Milk Pail & Halsey Orchards.

(photo credit: Loaves & Fishes)

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

1 Serving


1 cup dried black beans soaked overnight (you can use a can, too)

1 small butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch strips

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 red bell pepper, roasted and cut into strips

1 red onion, thinly sliced

2 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves

2 limes, grated for zest and juice

Dash Tabasco sauce

Pinch Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste



  1. To a large pot over medium heat, add black beans and cover with 4 inches of water.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and let simmer, covered, until beans are tender, about 1 hour.
  3. Cool to room temperature and drain.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Toss butternut squash and 2 tablespoons of olive oil together and spread onto a sheet pan.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until caramelized and tender.
  7. Toss into a bowl and add the beans.
  8. Add in remaining ingredients and toss to combine.
  9. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Why We Love It

Beans and squash may be the best flavor combination…ever. This hearty dish is loaded with  immunity boosting and cardiovascular nutrients including—fiber, protein, carbohydrate, B vitamins, iron, magnesium and zinc. Plus, eating beans may help improve your blood cholesterol, which is a leading cause of heart disease. Plus, who doesn’t love a little dash of tabasco?


  • We’ve got a place where you can learn (and share) wellness information of all kinds, healthy recipes included! Join The Nutritious Life Studio and become a Nutritious Life Master Certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach alongside thousands of other passionate chefs and foodies. Enter your info, get 72-hour access to a FREE sample class, and one of our coaches will get in touch with you!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Enroll in our Become a Nutrition Coach Program! Get certified. Grow your business. Join our thriving community of wellness professionals. Learn More
Hello. Add your message here.
Send this to a friend