National Eat Your Beans Day was celebrated the first week of July and we’d like to celebrate by sharing a delicious black bean summer salad recipe. It’s refreshing, tasty, easy to make, and more importantly filled with fiber, protein, and other nutrients. Adding beans to your diet may improve heart health, bone health, and relieve digestive issues. They can also be a great meat alternative for vegetarians.
½ cup thinly sliced red onion
1 medium ripe avocado
¼ cup cilantro leaves
¼ cup lime juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
⅛ teaspoon salt
8 cups mixed salad greens
2 medium ears corn, kernels removed, or
1 pint grape tomatoes halved
½ red bell pepper
1 can black beans rinsed
- Place onion in a medium bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside. Combine avocado, cilantro, lime juice, oil, garlic, and salt in a blender until creamy.
- Combine salad greens, corn, tomatoes, bell pepper and beans in a large bowl. Drain the onions and add to the bowl, along with the avocado dressing.
This recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Start prepping, toss to preference, and enjoy!