Though I’m generally an advocate for cooking with dried beans and legumes — which are easy to cook but require extra time for soaking and boiling — I’ve found that good-quality canned beans work well in this shrimp and black bean salad recipe.

Making homemade pickled onions is an easy way to add an extra acidic element into a dish, and takes very little effort. Try it as a side dish to grilled steak for a classy riff on surf ‘n turf.