August 17, 2014

Fiesta Bean Salad

Summer's not over yet, so that means I'm still happily swimming in salads over here. I can't stop! This one is hearty with a nice protein boost from all the beans. Garbanzos and black beans are my two favorites, so I love them joining forces in the same dish. I've always been a huge fan of the cumin-lime-garlic combination and it's the perfect way to make this salad shine. Can't go wrong with southwestern flavors! This is definitely a great choice for packed lunches and BBQ's/picnics as well :)

Vegan, gluten-free
Adapted from Skinnytaste

15 oz. can garbanzo beans
15 oz. can black beans
3 roma tomatoes
1/2 small red onion (less to taste)
1/3 cup cilantro
1 avocado
Optional: bell pepper, jalapeno, corn, etc.

{For the dressing}
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Juice from 1 lime
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. salt

Make the dressing: in a small bowl, add all ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
Rinse and drain beans. Add to a medium bowl.
Dice tomatoes, roughly chop cilantro, and finely dice red onion. Add to the beans.
Pour dressing over bean mixture and stir.
Peel and dice avocado. Add it to the salad and lightly toss to combine.
Can serve immediately or chill for at least an hour. (If not serving immediately, you can add the avocado right before serving to prevent it from browning if you wish.)

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  1. this looks so good, i can just taste it! mmm!

  2. Very colorful and summery salad. Yum!

  3. Just made it. Absolutely delicious. I only had to add extra lime juice. I guess my limes are not juicy enough. :-)

    1. Hi Ania! Yay! Happy to hear you enjoyed it. A little extra lime juice never hurts ;) Once in a while I get less-juicy ones too!

  4. Hi, how many serves would this make please?

    1. Hi Leanne! This makes about 4 1/2 cups, so it's around 4-5 servings. It could serve more if portions are small. Hope that helps!

  5. Simply perfect. I'm super picky with my food, so this is definitely a keeper!

    1. Aww, wonderful to hear! So glad you enjoyed it - thanks for the message! :)

  6. Will it good with tortilla chips?

    1. Definitely!! Love to scoop this up with chips! :)

  7. Looks delicious. Can you recommend an alternative to olive oil to make it oil free?

    1. Hey Michelle! Awesome question. This recipe was from a couple years ago and I've since gone mostly oil-free as well :) I've gotta work on updating the recipes! I'd recommend just leaving the oil out of this one (maybe add extra lime juice or a touch of water if needed). Hope you enjoy - have a beautiful week! <3