A healthy Avocado & Black Bean Salad... before going to the Oprah show - Part 1.


So I have a story to tell... here is Part 1.

Tomorrow is going to be one of the happiest days of my life because I will finally get to meet my idol, the amazing Oprah Winfrey!  YES!  It all started when my friend, Marian, decided to participate in an Oprah contest where she had to briefly explain why she is such a huge Christina Aguilera fan.  Marian was actually one of the contest winners and will get special seating being the huge fan she is.  She asked me to be her plus one... isn't she such a great friend?  How could I say no?  I was going to be given the chance to meet the legendary Oprah Winfrey.  So I said, "hell yes I'll go!" 

I'm sure my friend Jhiane felt left out because Marian chose me to go with her.  So being the good friend I am, I decided to apply on behalf of Jhiane for the general audience Oprah tickets.  Things get better... Jhiane won too!  Are we lucky or what?  Jhiane is allowed to bring three additional guests, so we are taking her sister, my sister, and my cousin!  Woo hoo!  Long story short, based on one person's obsession with Christina Aguilera, five other people have been given the opportunity to meet Oprah Winfrey!  I should have Part 2 of this story posted in a couple days... what happens at Oprah?

Now the food part... I worked from home today and totally watched my diet hoping for the slightest chance I may be on camera tomorrow.  I wanted to make a healthy salad for lunch, something with avocado so my skin would look radiant. :-)  I came up with an Avocado and Black Bean salad that consists of all fresh ingredients and very little Olive Oil.  I devoured this salad; it tastes amazing and satisfied my hunger for a long time!  This salad took less than 20 minutes to put together. As you can see below, this dish is packed with tons of nutrients.

NUTRITION: Avocados is good source of Vitamin K, Fiber, Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C. 
Black Beans are a very good source of Fiber, Folic Acid, Vitamin B1, Protein, and Iron. 
Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamins A and C. 
Lime is an excellent source of Vitamin C.


INGREDIENTS:
  • Goya Black Beans 15 oz - rinsed & drained
  • Plum Tomatoes - 2 (chopped)
  • Red Onion - 1/2 medium (chopped)
  • Scallions - 1/2 bunch (chopped)
  • Jalapeno - 1 (deseeded)
  • Avocado - 1 (cut in small cubes)
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp (or to taste)
  • Black Pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Lime - 1 (zested & juiced)
  • Olive Oil - 1/2 tbsp (optional... you can do without it)
  • Vinegar - 1 tbsp
  • Fresh Cilantro - 1 bunch (chopped)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Rinse and drain the black beans.

2. Add the beans to a bowl.

3. Chop the tomatoes, onion, scallions, and jalapeno.

4. Add the chopped ingredients to the same bowl.

5. Get your avocado.

6. Cut the avocado into little squares.

7. Now scoop out the avocado into the bowl. 

8. Add salt and black pepper.

9. Zest a lime.

10. Juice the same lime.

11. Toss.

12.  Add olive oil... this is optional, you don't really need it.

13. Add vinegar.

14. Chop the cilantro.

15. Add the cilantro to the bowl and toss. 

20 comments:

  1. Great looking salad. I happen to have all those ingredients here and may be having this for lunch - or dinner today.

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  2. I made something almost exactly like this last week but there was some yummy corn in it as well. It was a huge hit!

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  3. Thank you.. please leave your feedback.

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  4. I made a similar salad for Cinco de Mayo. I included roasted corn and crumbled queso fresco and it was a big hit!

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  5. oohh so delightful..thank you 4 this..it came out super good and fresh..just what we needed with this horrible heat.

    big smiles from mexico n____n

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  6. Hi Annakarenina...

    Thank you so much for the comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Someone from Mexico loved this, that is a huge compliment for me considering this is a Mexican salad :-)

    Thanks!!

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  7. This looks super yummy, and so does the omelette above!

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  8. I just saw this last night and I had to make it for dinner tonight. It was amazing. Simple to make and delicious!!

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  9. @Kim - Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for the feedback.

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  10. Wow!!!!! This is outrageous. Made this for dinner tonight and put it in whole wheat pitas. It was phenomenal and I've put it into my "frequently used" section of my recipes. Hands up to you!!!!!!

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  11. Awww, thanks! It's comments like these that make my day! Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  12. I made this for a family dinner/bbq and everybody loved it! I added corn kernels and instead of black beans, I used a 4-bean mix. I loved it, too. I'm usually picky about what veggies I eat, but I really liked it. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. Its healthy and nutritious salad.
    I like this recipe.

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  14. Threw in some chickpeas, leftover grated carrots and celery-- it was amazing!! Just was missing some corn. Great as a salad, with pasta, or on bread with extra olive oil :)

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  15. Just made this - and had 3 helpings! Seriously delicious salad. My 2 year old even liked it. I added corn, skipped the olive oil. Thanks so much for this recipe. It's going to be a summer staple at my house!

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  16. @Anonymous - sounds wonderful.. I'm so glad a toddler approved. Thank you.

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  17. I love that it's so simple and you have pictures of everything including the ingredients!!!

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  18. @Emster Guaps - thanks so much. You're so sweet.. I try. :)

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  19. Congratulations! You have a wonderful friend for sure! I'm a big fan of spicy salads. This looks great.

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  20. @motherrimmy - thanks.. hope you try it. :)

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