Black Bean Salad with Avocado and Grape Tomatoes

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This colourful, healthy and tasty black bean salad makes a great side dish, appetizer, or potluck. It tastes extra fresh and good if you can use freshly cooked black beans, if you don't, just use the canned beans. Make sure to rinse and drain the beans, if you are using canned beans.
Black beans, also known as turtle beans, offer nutritious, low-fat, high-fiber and -protein dietary choices. The combination of fiber and protein in black beans is a key to their outstanding support for blood sugar balance and blood sugar regulation.

  • 180 g Dried black beans
  • 750 ml Water
  • 15 Grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Small onion, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 Hass avocado, diced
  • 2 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp Fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 tsp Dried crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Cover the dried black beans with enough water in a large bowl and let them sit overnight or at least eight hours. Drain and rinse. Place the soaked beans in a saucepan with 750 ml of water. Bring it to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and let simmer until they are tender, about 1 hour. Drain and they are ready for use.
  2. Combine all dressing ingredients in small bowl and whisk to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine beans, grape tomato halves, diced onions, avocado and the dressing. Toss until evenly coated. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Medeja 29/8/12 06:20

Lovely dressing! I haven't had bean salad for ages!

Guru Uru 29/8/12 07:27

This salad looks brilliant my friend and I have a special love for grape tomatoes :)

Choc Chip Uru

Gerry @Foodness Gracious 29/8/12 07:31

Healthy!!! I love black beans, they're so good for you..

Rosa's Yummy Yums 29/8/12 08:00

A scrumptious bean salad! Just perfect.



Elies Lie 29/8/12 10:02

loves all the ingred angie! and the salad looks so yummy & healthy :)
since now is hard to find a ripe & "good looking" avocado now in Indonesia i can't try it now :(
next time the avocado is in their season I'll try this salad... tq for sharing! ;)

Munatycooking 29/8/12 11:21

Good and healthy salad, I love black beans and add it to stews and rice. No ripe avocados here :( so have to wait on trying it!

rita cooks italian 29/8/12 11:23

I love bean salads, I use the same dressing (oil, garlic, lemon) for my salads, but classic Italian cannellini beans instead of the black beans. Yummy! I will try with black beans next time.

Emma @ Food, Fork and Good 29/8/12 11:44

Yet more fabulous pictures that make my mouth water!

Curts Delectables 29/8/12 11:47

always looking for great bean salad recipe and what a bonus with avocado! love it!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen 29/8/12 12:30

I love your salad Angie and make something similar that is one of our favorites. There's just something about black beans that makes a dish more special to me. I could eat this salad every night and not complain.

The Café Sucré Farine 29/8/12 13:00

This looks so delicious and your photos are lovely enough to be in a fashion magazine, food fashion!

Ridwan's kitchen/Asian spice mix 29/8/12 13:58

I love the combination of avocado and black beans and perfect salad dressing,,Yum !!

anne 29/8/12 14:15

I love black beans in stews but haven't tried it in a salad :D This healthy salad looks refreshingly delicious !

The photos as always are exceptional !

Belinda @zomppa 29/8/12 14:23

Classic and packed with nutrients!!

Jen @ Savory Simple 29/8/12 14:25

This is a perfect little lunch or side dish!

Miriam and Bogdan 29/8/12 14:59

This is lovely and creative. We'll give it a try as we're great fans of avocado in almost every combination. :)

Have a nice week!

kitchen flavours 29/8/12 15:06

Lovely salad! I have not tried black bean in salad before, looks so delicious!

Faith 29/8/12 16:15

Black beans and avocado is such a fantastic pairing -- love this salad, Angie!

Suzi 29/8/12 16:27

Angie this looks fantastic! Perfection. Love everyone of those healthy, fresh ingredinets. Beautiful photos.

CJ - Food Stories 29/8/12 16:59

I love black bean salad ... love the avocadoes :-)

Kiran @ 29/8/12 17:11

Mmmmm... I love black beans, avocados and pretty much everything that is going on in this recipe :)

Ana y Blanca 29/8/12 17:15

That sounds like the perfect refreshing salad for summer!The photo is fantastic!

Helene 29/8/12 17:22

Really nice picture. I love adding black beans to my dishes. So healthy.

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 29/8/12 17:30

Just so colorful. I am a fan of black beans but rarely eat them this way on their own, showcasing a salad. The avocado match and tomatoes is great.

Lizzy Do 29/8/12 17:56

Black beans are one of the few beans that I really, really love...and they are perfect in this healthy, delectable salad! They pair beautifully with avocados :)

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 29/8/12 18:25

I could eat this for lunch or dinner. Throw a few whole grain chips by way and we have a party dip! Yum - nice one Angie. Happy Wednesday!

Pam 29/8/12 19:58

This is my kind of food... YUM!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 29/8/12 20:00

Such a beautiful, summery salad this is! Great recipe and gorgeous photos, Angie!

Debra Eliotseats 29/8/12 22:33

This looks really delicious. I love all the ingredients.

Kat 30/8/12 00:02

Black beans are my favorite type, and I always love a good bean salad. The avocado and tomatoes sound delicious! I also love the flavors in the dressing - garlic sounds wonderful in this.

Elisabeth 30/8/12 04:29

Black beans are one of my all-time favorite beans. Love them in a colorful salad, and with the addition of the avocado and the delicious dressing, I want to make this soon!

Words Of Deliciousness 30/8/12 05:01

Wow, this looks wonderful. I love black beans so I will pin this to make soon.

mjskit 30/8/12 05:15

What a delicious salad! I especially love your dressing with these ingredients! YUM!

Nammi 30/8/12 05:30

I love salads like these rather than the leafy ones.

srividhya Ravikumar 30/8/12 07:23

full pack of protein and tempting clicks...

Ann@Anncoo Journal 30/8/12 10:54

Lovely salad as always. I definitely love to add black beans in my salad next time. Thanks for sharing :)

Priya 30/8/12 11:26

Delicious,colourful and beautiful salad.

Beth 30/8/12 12:07

Anything with black beans has my stamp of approval! Your salad looks great.

Joanne 30/8/12 15:21

What deliciously fresh flavors! I just know I'd love this for lunch!

RavieNomNoms 30/8/12 15:42

I love black beans. One of my favorite beans in the world. They are so delicious. Add some avocado and that is just the most perfect meal ever!

Katerina 30/8/12 16:09

This salad indeed contains many of the everyday necessary ingredients for a human, plus it looks very tasty and refreshing!

Gloria 30/8/12 16:32

look delicious nd beautiful Angie :))

lena 30/8/12 16:41

i never make anything with black beans before, the next time when i purchase them, i want to try making a salad like yours!

Mich Piece of Cake 30/8/12 17:02

I have never tried black beans before in a salad, mostly we boil them in soups. It's a great idea for me to try out sometime. Love your stunning photos and how they are styled!

Eva 30/8/12 18:13

Yum, very nice indeed.

Jenn Kendall 30/8/12 19:04

such a great blend of flavors - a beautiful salad!

Anonymous 30/8/12 19:21

Oh wow, this sounds incredible, Angie! Love your presentation, too. I'm bookmarking this and plan on making it very soon. :)

kankana 30/8/12 19:26

Simple, heathy and perfect for the season!

Roz 30/8/12 19:33

Angie, I love this salad that is so full of my favorite healthy ingredients that are FULL OF FLAVOR! I promise to make this as I steadily improve my nutrition and reduce my red meat intake! Lots of protein in those black beans!

grace 30/8/12 22:19

black beans are my favorite! avocados are my favorite! both can be my favorite, right? :)

Shabitha Karthikeyan 30/8/12 23:29

Colorful and healthy salad. Loved the colors and pictures !!

Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking 31/8/12 05:05

we make bean salad on a weekly basis. I'll have to try that dressing. Thanks for sharing Angie

Lemon 31/8/12 10:03

What a great salas, yum! And gorgeous photos.

Jenn 31/8/12 14:22

What a gorgeous and healthy side dish to compliment just about anything!

My Little Space 31/8/12 15:43

What a sophisticated salad! sounds beautiful.

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 31/8/12 16:48

It looks beautiful--great photos! Perfect for serving with a bowl of tortilla chips. :)

Asmita 31/8/12 17:33

What a delicious bean salad! So satisfying and wholesome!

My Italian Smorgasbord 31/8/12 23:23

what an interesting combination. this would make a perfect lunch to take at work. love the photos!!!

Jenny (VintageSugarcube) 1/9/12 02:26

Looks awesome. I love the way you decorated the salad picture with the dried black beans. Very chic!

Pachecopatty 1/9/12 03:37

I need a black bean salad in my life! -will have to fix that:-) Fun photos, love the colors!

Pencil Kitchen 1/9/12 04:24

I have to admit. I've finally turned into a 20+ year old who understands flavors like this. Love the recipe Angie!

Amy (Savory Moments) 1/9/12 15:02

I love bean salads and avocados, so I know I would love this salad. I bet it would be great to take to work for lunch.

Rosita Vargas 1/9/12 16:24

Luce muy delicioso y nutritiva Angie me encanta,abrazos hugs,huga.

Alida 1/9/12 16:35

very inventive! I have never tried black beans before.Excellent presentation too!

Kathy 1/9/12 19:19

Such a creative salad!! Black beans and avocado sound heavenly together! Would love to be eating this for lunch today!

Amelia 2/9/12 05:53

Hi Angie,this salad look appetizing and very healthy too. Lovely presentation, excellent click.

Have a nice weekend, regards.

Jean | Delightful Repast 2/9/12 15:19

Angie, I have been thinking about black bean salad for the last few days, and then look what I see on your blog! I eat it for my blood sugar, but also love the taste. Have all the ingredients, but my avocados are not quite ripe.

Lyndsey Chapin 2/9/12 16:34

I am going to make this! My daughter and I love black beans. I love the avocado in there too. It sounds wonderful Angie!

Erica 3/9/12 02:48

Two of my favorite ingredients..beans and avocado!I can eat them every day. The salad looks fresh and delicious,Angie!

Cass @foodmyfriend 3/9/12 07:25

Yuum!! I need this this week for my healthy diet week! hAHAH. I suck at dieting but this looks super yummy :)

tigerfish 4/9/12 06:20

Black beans is supposed to be very nutritious too and your salad is packed with antioxdants and good fats.

Spicie Foodie 4/9/12 16:04

I could eat this as a main dish too:) Love the combination and soft creamy textures. Thanks for sharing Angie:)!

Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} 4/9/12 18:24

This salad is right up my alley! YUM!

Tisa Jacob 4/9/12 20:35

This healthy recipe of yours has made my mouth water. Looks quite nice and great that it's simple to make. Love your pictures as well, Angie!

Viviane Bauquet Farre 4/9/12 23:22

Wow! This is the best looking salad I've seen for some time now! These salad has plenty of flavors to satisfy and lots of nutrition to boost. Marvelous work!

The Duo Dishes 12/9/12 08:00

Drawn to this salad for the avocado. We are both a sucker for avocado. It's so creamy with that perfect level of fat to coat the tongue. Plus it adds nice color to this dish!


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