A classic black bean salad is a must for picnics and potlucks. This vegan version gets its creaminess from blended avocado. Any mix of salad greens will work well, but try arugula if you want to give this hearty salad a peppery kick.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
½ cup thinly sliced red onion
1 medium ripe avocado, pitted and roughly chopped
¼ cup cilantro leaves
¼ cup lime juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
8 cups mixed salad greens
2 medium ears corn, kernels removed, or 2 cups frozen corn, thawed and patted dry
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 (15 ounce) 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 mini food processor. Process, scraping down the sides as needed, until smooth and creamy.
Just before serving, combine salad greens, corn, tomatoes and beans in a large bowl. Drain the onions and add to the bowl, along with the avocado dressing. Toss to coat.
322 calories;16 g fat(2 g sat); 13 g fiber; 41 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 260 mcg folate; 0 cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,894 IU vitamin A; 45 mg vitamin C; 113 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 407 mg sodium; 1,238 mg potassium
Vitamin A (78% daily value), Vitamin C (75% dv), Folate (65% dv), Iron (22% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 2½
Exchanges: 2½ fat, 2 starch, 1½ vegetable, ½ lean protein
This was really yummy and got rave reviews. The dressing can be made ahead and refrigerated, it won’t discolour. I’ve never tried soaking onions, it worked really well, left the flavour without the overwhelming taste and odour. I will be making this often.