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Southwestern Black Bean and Vegetable Salad

Lately, we’ve been making a stronger effort in our home to eat more vegetables, along with drinking more water, and increasing our physical activity, so we can be healthier and have more energy.  This salad makes eating vegetables EASY and delicious!

Southwestern Black Bean & Vegetable Salad

It is so flavorful with lots of different textures going on…the crunchy red onion, the creamy avocado, and the fresh light cilantro…mmmm.

black bean salad2INGREDIENTS:  (Modified from The Food Network)

Salad

  • 15 ounce can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 orange pepper (chopped into small bite size pieces)
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (chopped in fourths)
  • 1 avocado (cut in small bite sized pieces)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Light olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Extra Light olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

black bean salad3DIRECTIONS:

Mix up your dressing first, so it’s ready to go when you need it. In a small jar, add all the dressing ingredients, and shake well. Now you’re ready to make the salad.

Cut up the tomatoes, pepper, onion and cilantro, and rinse and drain the black beans. Set them aside.

In the tablespoon of olive oil, lightly cook the peppers, onion and corn for just a couple of minutes over medium heat, till the onion and pepper are slightly cooked, but still crunchy.

black bean salad5Then add the black beans, and lightly stir for a couple more minutes, till they’re just warm.

black bean salad7Pour the dressing over and stir well.

black bean salad8Take the mixture off the stove, and add the cilantro and tomatoes.  Now cut up and add the avocado (after skinning and taking out the seed).  Toss it all lightly, and serve the salad immediately.

Southwestern Black Bean and Vegetable Salad, Joyful Homemaking
5 from 1 vote

Black Bean Salad

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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:20 mins

Ingredients

  • Salad
  • 15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 orange pepper chopped into small bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes chopped in fourths
  • 1 avocado cut in small bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Light olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup Extra Light olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  • Mix up your dressing first, so it’s ready to go when you need it. In a small jar, add all the dressing ingredients, and shake well. Now you’re ready to make the salad.
  • Cut up the tomatoes, pepper, onion and cilantro, and rinse and drain the black beans. Set them aside.
  • In the tablespoon of olive oil, lightly cook the peppers, onion and corn for just a couple of minutes over medium heat, till the onion and pepper are slightly cooked, but still crunchy.
  • Then add the black beans, and lightly stir for a couple more minutes, till they’re just warm.
  • Pour the dressing over and stir well.
  • Take the mixture off the stove, and add the cilantro and tomatoes. Now cut up and add the avocado (after skinning and taking out the seed). Toss it all lightly, and serve the salad immediately.
Servings: 4

To me this is wonderful just slightly warm or at room temperature, but we had some left over which I refrigerated, and my husband even liked it cold the next day.

Southwestern Black Bean & Vegetable Salad

black bean salad9

We thoroughly enjoyed this, and I’m so excited to find an absolutely scrumptious way to get lots of healthy foods into my family’s diet, and I know you’re going to love it too!Southwestern Black Bean & Vegetable SaladIf you enjoy salads, here are some other delicious salads you might be interested in:

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Hope you find a new favorite to try!

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8 Comments

  1. May 8, 2015 / 8:35 am

    This looks perfect for summer and great to take to potlucks!

  2. Cathy
    May 13, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    My favorite flavor combo, looks delicious! Stopping by from Miz Helen’s! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cathy

  3. Laura Sue Shaw
    May 19, 2015 / 9:24 am

    This looks delicious! We have been trying to eat more veggies too so I’ll add this to my list of recipes to try. Stopping by from One Project at a time…thanks for sharing!

  4. May 21, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Yum!! This looks so good, as both a stand-alone salad and an add-on to lettuce or tortillas or whatever! Thanks for sharing on Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday!

  5. May 23, 2015 / 2:46 pm

    Coming over from Miz Helens. This looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  6. May 27, 2015 / 10:19 am

    5 stars
    I love a great Black Bean Salad and your recipe looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. June 4, 2015 / 11:38 am

    5 stars
    Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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