Cilantro Lime Black Bean Salad

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This is an excellent fresh salad dish to bring to a BBQ, or just whip it up on a hot summer day and have it for dinner.  I suggest getting all the ingredients local and fresh (and organic of course) because it will really make a difference in the taste.  The  tomatoes I used were these gorgeous extra large organic, weirdly shaped green and red tomatoes, and they were the sweetest tomatoes I’ve ever tasted.    Some other ideas to put into this salad are jicama, organic corn, red kidney beans, zucchini, and yellow squash.  The chia seeds in this recipe make the flavors of the dressing pop.  Since they absorb water, any lime juice that may sink to the bottom of the dish to be forgotten are picked up the chia seeds adding  a great burst of flavor while also providing extra protein and omega-3’s.  (Not that there’s a lack of omega 3’s otherwise!)

Cilantro Lime Black Bean Salad:

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed and let to sit at least 10 minutes
  • 1 can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 handful chives
  • 1/2 a large  tomato (or 1 whole small one), diced
  • 1/2 a large red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 a cucumber, diced
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp smoke paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt

Put all the ingredients together and toss it up.   Top it with fresh avocado slices and serve it with sour cashew cream (recipe here)  I drizzled the sour cashew cream right on top, it made it looks really pretty!

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