Avocado Black Bean Mexican Salad – EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and there’s so much FLAVOR from the lime-cumin-chili vinaigrette!! Great for lunch or a meatless Monday dinner! Accidentally vegan, gluten-free, HEALTHY, and DELISH!!
Light and easy salads that you don’t have to turn on your oven for is what August heat means for me.
This one is fast, easy, ready in 10 minutes, and full of Mexican-inspired flavors from the lime-cumin-chili vinaigrette.
The vinaigrette perfectly coats tender chunks of avocado, hearty black beans, and juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, and green onions. If you have tomatoes and cucumbers in your garden, this is a great way to showcase them. If you happen to have corn, bell peppers, or queso fresco on hand, they’re great additions.
The vinaigrette is zippy, tangy-yet-sweet, and like all homemade dressings, experiment with it and tweak it based on your palette and preferences.
The salad is a marriage of these two salads: Avocado, Black Bean and Corn Salad with Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette and Skinny Mexican Bean and Corn Salad and is perfect for a no-fuss lunch. Or make it as a side dish for dinner served with your other Mexican favorites. From Labor Day to Cinco de Mayo parties, it’s perfect.
I like to make the salad 4 to 8 hours in advance and allow it to remain covered in the fridge to help the flavors marry. 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.
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- 1 or 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and diced
- one 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (I use no-salt added
- 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved if desired
- 2 cups English cucumber (about half of one large cucumber), diced into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup green onions, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds
- 2 to 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, optional
- 2 to 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 to 3 tablespoons honey or agave (use the later to keep vegan)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- pinch cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
- Salad – Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; set aside while you make the vinaigrette.
- 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 if necessary according to taste preferences, i.e. more salt, more honey, more chili powder, etc.
- 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.
- Salad may be served immediately or up to 1 to 2 days later, noting that avocado will likely oxidize as time passes. 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. May be served chilled or at room temp.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 465mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 9gSugar: 13gProtein: 7g
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