Monday, June 27, 2016

Black Beans Make a Great Summer Salad

Looking for a quick but satisfying summer salad that can serve as lunch or a light dinner?

My black bean salad is one of our favorites. It's light but filling and packs lots of fiber, nutrients, and taste. The best part is that it can be ready in under 10 minutes. 

I use organic canned beans for convenience and simply chop up some juicy summer tomatoes, sweet red onion, fresh summer basil, and avocado. When I have left over rice, I add that in as well. Splashed with freshly squeezed lime, this salad looks pretty and tastes delicious. Just assemble and serve.

This is also a great recipe to bring to a pot luck or BBQ since it is delicious at room temperature too. It travels well or can be assembled when you get to your get together. Simply make a container of beans and the rice and another container of the salad. Mix when you get there. I will be bringing this to a woman's meet up that I belong too. It's easy and economical, so it's perfect for a larger crowd. I just double the recipe.

Author: Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: None
Serves: 6

2 organic cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
3 summer or vine ripe tomatoes, chopped
4 large sprigs of fresh basil , chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 medium Haas avocado, diced
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
Himalayan salt to taste
Optional: 2 cups leftover cooked rice or quinoa
Optional: 1 cup of chopped red pepper

Drain and wash beans. Combine with everything except the avocado. Add the diced avocado to each plate just before serving. If there are leftovers, do not add avocado to the leftovers as it will get very dark.


  1. This looks so delicious and healthy!!! We have some parties coming up and I plan to bring this dish! Thanks so much for sharing. I love red onion too.

    1. Wendy,
      Please let me know how it works out for you! As I said, it's one of our favorites

  2. That is a meal in it's own, I could bring that for lunch at work. perfect for the hot summer heat we are experiencing.

    1. Tina,
      I agree that it is a whole meal in itself. Have it for dinner and eat the leftovers for lunch!

  3. Love the added red onion and I wasn't expecting the rice, Judee. That would make this appealing to Mr. GFE! :-)


    1. Beans and rice go great together- don't forget the cumin, it gives it just the right Mexican taste!

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    1. I love black bean dishes and it looks delicious to me too and tastes really good too!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by from the UK. That's why I make it- it takes very little cooking for the summer.

  6. What a great recipe for the summertime! Thanks for sharing, Judee :)

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    1. Hi Edye,
      These are the kinds of recipes that I love to share: easy, fast, and healthy.

  7. This sounds amazing!! Pinned! :)

    1. Black beans taste amazing to me. Glad you like them too.

  8. Hi Judee,
    This looks like a great Summer Salad that we would really enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  9. This sounds so good! It has ingredients that I love. Perfect for a light summer dinner. Pinned.

  10. Grains and beans together always make for such a satisfying salad and this one looks especially delicious with its Mexican flavors and flair.

    Thanks for sharing it this week at Souper Sundays! ;-)

  11. Black beans are so good and healthy. Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.

  12. With ingredients like these, I could eat these every day! I am so delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious Black Bean Summer Salad recipe with us at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I’m Pinning and sharing this!


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