Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive

When I see food’s bright colors, it makes me really happy. This easy Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive appetizer recipe brings reflection on a recent dinner party that we hosted, which was lively, spirited, and so full of laughter.

Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive
Bright, beautiful foods. Bright beautiful people.

Is entertaining a waste of time? It seems silly to write a post on this subject, but I’ve been thinking about this lately, because I see where so many people are just not willing to invest in the lives of others. That, or they don’t want to spend the money. It usually revolves around time and money.

It takes time.

I really believe the love that we give our guests requires huge amounts of time. It takes time to invite, plan, cook, get ready for company!

It takes money.

Entertaining does take money, but if everyone brings a potluck dish, it only leaves a few things to cover. Delegation is key!

Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive

Love comes first.

But … love comes first.

Paul and I do love to have company over. I probably love it more than Paul, since he’s more of an introvert, but because he knows I love it, he does it for me. He’s learned to really enjoy it. And then in turn, he gets to meet some very awesome people (we do invite a lot of new guests over), and it’s a win-win for both of us.

Paul’s given me the gift of freedom to use my gifts over the years, and I’m eternally grateful to have such a supportive partner in life.

Gift of friendship.

This last weekend I felt so blessed to be with some childhood friends. It was a night of laughter and love, to sum it up. We’ve known each other for over 50 years, but have not seen each other for a long, long time, but we still picked up where we had left off. That is the gift of friendship.

Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive

Full hearts.

I really do believe that our love and our smiles and and our laughter—our ability to sit and listen to others, to converse about different subjects, dive into the difficult, laugh at the past, invest in the future—are all a part of hospitality.

It’s wisdom and words of hope that carry our love and often gives faith and courage.

This is how I feel when guests leave our home—my heart is usually very full of love–and respectfully, I wonder if our guests may feel the same way?

Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive

Love in a potluck dish.

Their love comes to us in a potluck dish, with a good chunk of (their) time.

When a man gives his time, he gives himself, his love.

He gives the greatest thing he can give.

Giving the gift of time is very special, for both the hosts and the guests, which I think forever changes us.

Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive

Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive.

This recipe today is delicious serveded as a salad, dip, in a wrap, or this tasty little endive appetizer, perfect for any time of year, but especially pretty in spring and summer!

When’s the last time you reached out to friends that you have not seen in a long time?

Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive

Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive

Adapted as endive appetizer from Bush’s Black Beans Salad.


  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 (15 ounce) can BUSH’S® Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 Endive


  1. In a small bowl, combine peppers, onion, corn, garlic and cilantro. Add olive oil, vinegar, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Add BUSH’S® Black Beans and toss well.
  3. Serve on separate endive leaves, or with tortilla chips, or as a salad.


Used by permission from Bush’s Beans.

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Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive

5 comments on “Black Bean Salad Stuffed Endive”

  1. You know I LOVE your healthy recipes. This one looks like a perfect Tuesday night dinner…as in I might just have to make this tonight!

  2. I love how you turned this bean salad into an app! It’s gorgeous. Bright colorful food makes me happy! :)

  3. It’s been a long time.
    I do respect your ability to open your home to people so often. The world would be a little better if more of us did this.

    The salad looks great. Very pretty too.

  4. What a beautiful appetizer! So colorful. Pinning this for our next party. Thank you so much!

  5. I love how you serve it with endive instead of chips! Much healthier!
    I regret not having people over more! I was stuck in CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome). In my new single life I will not take myself so seriously and enjoy it! Thanks for your tips :)

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