Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salad with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette

Goodbye fudge, plates of cookies, wheels of brie, and mugs of eggnog.

And hello to healthy salads. Remember those New Year’s resolutions? Yeah, those.

Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salad with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette - Everything tastes better with avocado!! Easy, healthy and tons of flavor!

Most people tend to indulge in their fair share of treats and empty calories from before Halloween to New Years Eve. I’m guilty, too.

But I can only go so long before my body cries uncle and I push aside the junk and reach for healthier options.

MY OTHER RECIPES


Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salad with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette - Everything tastes better with avocado!! Easy, healthy and tons of flavor!

It has similar flavors to the Easy Six-Layer Baked Taco Cups, but it’s even healthier. It’s naturally vegan and gluten-free.

There’s hearty beans, juicy corn and tomatoes, and creamy avocado. There has to be some fat in a salad for me to feel full and the avocado does the trick.

Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salad with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette - Everything tastes better with avocado!! Easy, healthy and tons of flavor!

The vinaigrette is zippy, tangy-yet-sweet, and like all homemade dressings, you’ll need to experiment and tweak it based on your palette and preferences.

Making the salad 4 to 8 hours in advance and allowing it to remain covered in the fridge really helps the flavors marry beautifully.

Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salad with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette - Everything tastes better with avocado!! Easy, healthy and tons of flavor!

The avocado may oxidize slightly, although the lime in the vinaigrette helps prevent it, but I’m willing to sacrifice a slight color change for enhanced flavor.

Here’s to getting your week off to a healthy start.

Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salad with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette - Everything tastes better with avocado!! Easy, healthy and tons of flavor!

Print Recipe

Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salad with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette

There's hearty beans, juicy corn and tomatoes, and creamy avocado in this fast, easy, and naturally vegan, gluten-free, and healthy salad. The vinaigrette is zippy, tangy-yet-sweet, and like all homemade dressings, you'll need to experiment and tweak it based on your palette and preferences. Making the salad 4 to 8 hours in advance and allowing it to remain covered in the fridge really helps the flavors marry beautifully. The avocado may oxidize slightly, although the lime in the vinaigrette helps prevent it.

Yield: serves 2 generously, or 4 more modestly

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Salad
one 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 medium ripe tomato, diced (Roma or vine-ripened)
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and diced for garnishing
3/4 cup frozen corn (I rinse it straight from the freezer and add it; I don't cook it)

Vinaigrette 
3 to 4 tablespoons lime juice
2 to 3 tablespoons honey (agave or maple syrup may be substituted and should to keep salad vegan)
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Salad - Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; set aside while you make the vinaigrette
  2. Vinaigrette - Combine all ingredients in a small jar with a lid and shake vigorously (or in a small bowl and whisk together). Taste dressing and make tweaks as necessary according to taste preferences.
  3. Slowly drizzle about half of the vinaigrette over salad and toss gently to combine. You may not use all the vinaigrette depending on preference; extra vinaigrette will keep airtight for many days in the fridge.
  4. Salad may be served immediately or up to 1 to 2 days later, noting that avocado will likely oxidize as time passes, even if salad is kept covered and airtight in the fridge so it may not be as visually appealing. However, I find the flavors marry beautifully after about 4 to 8 hours covered in the fridge, and am willing to compromise the slight color change of the avocado for the enhanced flavor
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61 comments

  1. This looks so healthy and filling without being heavy! We love these kinds of southwestern/Mexican inspired salads. The vinaigrette sounds just right–and I’m sure it would be great on green salads too! This is already on my “to make” list later in the week!

  2. This is totally my type of salad! As much as I love my lettuce, spinach, and kale, it is so refreshing to have a non-green salad!

  3. My goodness that Cumin Vinaigrette sounds OFF THE CHARTS! I love how simple and easy this salad is…definitely something I need to balance out my cookie fest over the Holidays. Pinned!

  4. Love these flavor combos. And, isn’t it just so colorful and beautiful? This dressing is totally new and intriguing to me, I’ve got to try it! …. And I’ve missed so many of your salad recipes featured in the related posts, going back to try some of those too! Thanks Averie, have a great week!

  5. This salad looks fantastic, Averie! I love adding black beans and corn into salads. And that vinaigrette sounds so flavorful! Pinned!

  6. It looks so delicious. I will definitely try it. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  7. I love salads like this! My body is definitely caving salads every day!

  8. Craving….or caving. Either way. ;-)

  9. I used to make something like this…and then I stopped. WHY? Thank you for reminding me about it – and this dressing is PERFECT!

  10. I hear those resolutions calling my name….actually I didn’t make any this year but my goal is healthier breakfasts and more salads. This looks simple and tasty.
    Nom nom.

    Pretty and pinned.

    Happy Monday Averie!

  11. As a mom of two kids, I love anything that I can make ahead! This is definitely going to be in my rotation. My 1-year old could probably feed this to herself with a smaller amount of dressing. Win-win. Thanks!

  12. There is not one single thing in this that I would even think about changing. Literally, I love everything about it! LOVE all these flavors!

    My family makes a version of this for almost every gathering, but it is heavier and more beany. I like the addition of avocado, because salads with avacodo >>>> salads without it!

    • This is your kind of salad. There’s nothing in it you could object to :) And seriously so filling and hearty and I made this a lonnnnnnng time ago but then with the holidays, no one wants to see bean salads. So…I held off til January-the-get-skinny-month :)

  13. oh my gawd Averie . . this salad looks sooooo good. . and damn!!! I started a juice cleanse today. . ok, I know what I’m making at the end of this week!!!

  14. I love this salad but I am crazy about the vinaigrette!! Looks fabulous, Averie!

  15. So many of my favorite flavors in a single dish! YUM!

  16. Cumin is my favorite spice on the planet. No joke :) I’m loving this salad!!

  17. I am A-OK with healthy salads! This one looks fabulous Averie. Avocado anything has me swooning.

  18. oh.my.gosh. This looks legit delicious! I can’t wait to make this tomorrow!!! I’ve tried so many times to make the perfect bean-corn-avocado salad, and I have a feeling this is going to be THE ONE. Thank you for all of your incredible recipes. You are a kitchen SAINT!

  19. This looks perfect!!!! I just bought a small bag of avocados. I love them.
    In fact I like the other two ingredients a lot,but I love avocados.
    Great dressing!

  20. This salad is full of things I love! I could eat this every day. I don’t really do the whole healthy thing in January but I always love a good salad. This is a keeper!

    • Thanks for saying hi, Jen! Glad to see you taking a small break from recipe testing, book writing, and slaving in the kitchen…ahhh I remember those days. Hang in there :)

  21. I’ll gladly eat healthier, when healthy looks so delicious!!

  22. that vinaigrette sounds amazing. We call this texas caviar here in Houston but regardless of the name it looks great

  23. i couldn’t wait to check this out after seeing the title in my inbox last night! this is RIGHT up my alley. looks delish and healthy!

  24. That looks like the perfect lunch!

  25. This looks really delicious, I love the lime, cumin and avocado, combo, it’s like a little bit of summer in January :)

  26. Amen, Mexican food does my soul good after all the rich stuff I’ve had for … months now! Nothing beats avocado and lime. Love the cumin addition!

  27. Oof, SO true about sweets & treats from October through December. I’m sure dentists get just as many new patients as gyms in the new year! Even though it’s been cold (well, relatively speaking for NorCal anyway!), I’ve been craving salads way more than soup. This one looks really good with all of the tomato & corn!

  28. Such a yummy salad Averie! I love all the ingredients and so doing it tomorrow!!

  29. This looks delicious. Such a healthy salad option, and a perfect use for the avocado on my counter right now! Thanks for sharing:)

  30. Omg absolutely beautiful!!! I must make this! Thanks for sharing the recipe! XxOo

  31. What a great salad! All the flavors we love. I think I’ll use up the leftovers on salad greens tomorrow. I made a big batch of the cumin vinaigrette to use on salads the rest of the week. It’s a nice change up from my usual balsamic dressing!

    • So glad you liked this one, Paula! And yes to making a big batch of the vinaigrette so you have extra for the rest of the week. Love it when I’m one step ahead like that going into the week!

  32. Looks delish! And healthy too! Can’t wait to try.

  33. Oooh, yum! This is one of my favorite things on the PLANET to eat! And I totally fail every time I try to come up with my own recipe– will definitely be using this one next time the craving strikes :) Pinned!

  34. oh yummy! <3 Looks amazing and healthy! I want to try it as soon as possible.. may be tonight! Thanks for sharing :)

    xoxo
    Edith

  35. Yum! I found this recipe on Pinterest and knew I would need to try it immediately! So fresh, so easy, and so healthy! I added some edamame because I had some needing to be used. It as so delicious! I’m also thinking of adding shrimp next time I make it. It’s such a versatile salad. Thanks so much for sharing!

  36. Avocado is so good you :)

  37. Delicious salad Averie. I roasted the corn and added cilantro. It was a huge hit at our spring fair! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :)

  38. COULD YOU ADD A LITTLE DICED RED ONION?

  39. I bet this would be great with some mango

  40. Can’t wait to make this salad tonight!
    I love cilantro so I’m going to add a little of that, and some chipotle powder for a little kick.
    Thank you for the recipe!

  41. Could you use canned corn rinsed/drained for this or is frozen best?

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