blackbean salad

Black Bean Salad with Avocado in Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette

This flavorful black bean salad is easy and quick to make. Love the avocado texture and flavor. Serve over lettuce or it as is. Use organic ingredients whenever possible.


  • 2–15 oz cans black beans
  • 3 ears fresh cooked corn, cut off the cob or use 2 cups frozen
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 to 2 shallots, minced, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 to 3 cups baby greens


  1. Shallots are like small onions, but have a somewhat milder flavor than onions. Chop shallots finely.
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  2. Using the fine side of the grater, grate some of the lime peel to create lime zest.
  3. Then use a small hand juicer for the lime juice, or squeeze by hand.
  4. Add all ingredients together, except avocado. Cover and chill a few hours if possible. Just before serving, add avocado.
  5. Serve on a bed of baby greens.


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