Here’s a simple, refreshing and healthy salad for the summer. Just a few ingredients and homemade dressing. Serve as is, or on a slice of toasted baguette rubbed with garlic, or rolled up in a warm tortilla. Yum!
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
For the dressing:
1 ripe avocado, skin removed, pitted and roughly chopped
Juice from two small limes
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup cold water
Salt & pepper to taste
1 clove garlic (optional)
1. Combine the black beans, tomato and onion in a large bowl.
2. For the dressing, blend the avocado, lime juice, olive oil, water, salt & pepper, and garlic (if using) until it is creamy. If it is too thick, add water in small amounts until you achieve the desired consistency. I prefer the dressing a little thin, so the salad stays light.
3. Pour dressing over the salad and stir gently to combine. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro.
Note: It’s best to make the dressing just before serving. However, the dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days without browning IF you keep it in a tightly sealed glass jar.