Thursday, August 9, 2012

Easiest Black Bean Salad

I like bags of dried beans.  They're cheap and easy to store.  Sure, you have to soak them and all that business, but I quite enjoy the process.  However, I've been ignoring those bags this summer, replacing them with cans.  Maybe it's the heat.  We'll get acquainted again in the fall, those bags and I, when tending to them feels right.  For now I want the lazy man's route.  Grabbing a can of beans is a good place to start.  And knowing how to transform a can of beans into a substantial lunch is even better.  I consider it an important life skill.  I'm not afraid of popping open a can every now and then, especially when I can get lunch on the table in less than ten minutes.   

The ingredients in this salad are some of my favorite.  There's tomato, avocado, cilantro and green onion.  I've been getting some big ripe beauties in my CSA and I like to show them off alongside the beans.  I've only dressed it with lemon juice, no oil, to keep things light and fresh.  It feels festive.  It's a celebration of an effortless meal, the essence of summertime cooking.  To make more of a meal out of the black bean salad, serve it alongside quinoa or brown rice if you don't mind turning on your stove.  With all that time I saved, I can get back to more important matters like sitting on our outdoor swing and getting lost in a good book.  I'm not ashamed of my priorities at the moment, or for that matter, opening a can of beans.  Expect to see some more lazy recipes around here real soon.

~Easiest Black Bean Salad Recipe~

1 can black beans, rinsed well and drained
1 very large tomato, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
4 scallions, chopped
handful of cilantro, chopped
juice of 2 lemons, or to taste
salt to taste  

Add black beans, tomato, avocado, scallions, and cilantro to a large bowl.  Mix until combined.  Squeeze lemon juice over top and add in salt.  Toss again and adjust seasonings to your liking.  Serves 4.


Sue/the view from great island said...

The mix of flavors in this salad sounds so good, it could almost be a hearty salsa, too!

Eileen said...

This is exactly the best kind of salad to throw together when you want dinner NOW but can't be bothered to cook. I might fold some of it up inside a warm tortilla if I were feeling fancy. :)

Thyme (Sarah) said...

That summer salad looks delicious. We've been eating so many avocados this summer. I even came across a brownie recipe that uses avocados in it. Seriously!

Amy said...

Oh well this looks awesome. I'd love this, maybe with some fresh corn thrown in, too. And I hope I get to making my own beans from scratch this year. Maybe as the weather gets cooler I'll be better about doing that. Glad to see that you're not always terribly good and make everything from scratch, though. :)

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Monet said...

Beautiful and simple black bean salad. Like you, I always have black beans on hand (and I love when I take the time to soak and boil dried beans!) Thank you for sharing!

Mackenzie said...

there seriously is NOTHING like a home cooked bean. and this looks soooo refreshing. i could eat this for days.

Bree said...

Perfect! (And easy too!)

Stephanie said...

Hey everyone. Happy to see some new faces around here :) Welcome. And I can go on eating this for days ;)