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Black Bean Salad Recipe


Black beans consist of high protein and fiber contents and is considered very nourishing as both these essential elements are present within one food item. Fiber and proteins are considered very important to the wholesome function of a healthy body. Besides this, it also has flavonoid antioxidants content which assists the body to avoid oxygen-related damage. Black beans also consist of omega 3 fatty acids and have a high nutritional value.

Black beans are also very easy to incorporate into most meals as it has a basic flavor of rich smokiness, which gives added character to any dish. The velvet texture, shape, and color hold well during cooking and make for a very interesting-looking ingredient indeed.

Black Bean Salad

Ingredients

The Salad - (I try to keep the cuts not too much bigger than the beans & corn - for appearance & to get a little of everything in a spoonful)

2 lbs. black b
eans (I use 2 15 oz. cans, well-rinsed.)

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2 lbs. cooked sweet corn, cut from the cob (OK, you can use 2 - 15 oz. cans of whole kernel corn or 2 lbs. of frozen corn, drained)

8 green onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, large, minced

2-3 jalapeno peppers, cleaned, diced (more if you like)

1 green Bell pepper, cleaned, diced (I also sometimes add a small sweet red pepper, for both sweetness & color)
1 ripe avocado, large, pitted, peeled and diced
1 jar (4 oz) pimentos, drained
3 tomatoes, seeded & diced
1C fresh cilantro, chopped
Sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper to taste
The Dressing
3 T fresh lime juice
2 T fresh orange juice
2-1/2 tsp lime zest
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Directions

Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper. Whisk the dressing vigorously to incorporate. Add the dressing to the salad and gently toss to combine everything. Chill until ready to serve. Lightly toss again prior to serving.

Prepare this salad at least 4 hours prior to serving to let everything - except the avocado - marry joyfully in the bowl.

You do want to let the avocado bathe in the lime juice of the dressing - better presentation that way, and you can store the avocado pieces in a small container. Then, pour the dressing off the avocado and mix the salad with the dressing, then dress the top of the salad with the avocado pieces at service.

Very pretty dish & the absence of any oil seems to make all the veggies sparkle in a light citrus glow. You want this salad well chilled, but if you don't bathe the avocados in the dressing first, they will end up looking like grey lumps of pork as the air hits them.

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