Monday, September 10, 2012

Meatless Monday - black bean and corn salsa with lime and avocado

It's getting warmer! Well, where I am, very warm. It's already time for eating outside and tomatoes and freshness and salads and things with coriander in them.

I love this time of year. I love breakfasts on the patio. Lunches on a blanket outside under a tree. Dinners with wine and candles and a warm breeze. Putting the kid outside with a popsicle and every messy food known to man so my floors stay somewhat clean. It's not too hot and life is good.

Life is always good when there's Mexican-inspired dishes in this house. Black beans and avocado and lime and coriander never ever fail to make me happy. 

This salady thing serves 4-6 depending on what you're using it for. I like it on the side of something for dinner, and a bowl of the leftovers for lunch the next day.


2-3 cups cooked black beans (canned is fine but boy are they expensive here!)
2 ripe red tomatoes or a punnet of grape tomatoes, diced or halved
kernels from 1 cob fresh corn (I didn't have any here so I used canned)
1 avocado, diced
2 spring onions, sliced thinly
1 bunch coriander
juice of two limes and zest of 1
a pinch of brown sugar
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbs olive oil
big pinch of salt
hot sauce to taste
a little white wine or champagne vinegar if your limes aren't tangy enough


1. Mix beans, tomatoes, corn, avocado and spring onion together gently so the avocado doesn't go all weird. You can use the corn kernels fresh from the cob, or blanch them briefly. Or straight out of the can!

2. In a small bowl, mix lime juice, zest, sugar, garlic, olive oil, salt and hot sauce. Mix with the salad.

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  2. How did you know I have black beans soaking? I think we will be having some of this for lunch today, looks delicious! Tatum x

  3. Kyrstie @ A Fresh LegacySeptember 10, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    A perfect meal for this time of year. I love lime and avocado in a salad.

  4. Yes and yes! My coriander is ready for picking so this is going onto the menu! Delish.

  5. WHAT!!! You do realise you are going to be quite busy in a few weeks... who the heck is going to water the plants? Veggie Babe better step up!!

  6. haha I have a very domestic husband :)

  7. Yum! I'm totally inspired to cook something Mexican this week.

  8. the black bean salad is one of my favorite salad combinations. It looks really god.
    Thanks for hosting - I linked at gluten free quiche and arugula sautee with spaghetti squash.

  9. YUM! Thanks for this recipe - can't wait to try it. Sarah xxx

  10. Oh yum! I have always wanted to try a mexican-type salad because they always taste so great (and so healthy). And this seems pretty quick & easy! Thanks for sharing! ~ anna

  11. I go crazy for anything Mexican inspired! Got me thinking about all the yummy Mexican food I'll be eating in the US soon!!

  12. Bibi @ Veggierunners.comSeptember 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Funny that one of the recipes in the links is 'end of summer quiche' - we're all at such different points in the year. I like that everyone still gets to share things through.

    Your salad looks phenomenal, will be just the thing to have with quesadillas, so I can convince myself I'm not having cheese on toast for dinner.

  13. Hi, I hope you had a great weekend. Wow that salsa looks amazing, so colourful.

    This week I've shared a healthy gluten free
    quinoa green smoothie that you can actually make a meal of.

    I've also shared the final results of my challenge where I
    just drank green smoothies all week, and what an amazing detox that was.

    Thank you so much for hosting


  14. These sorts of salads are my favourites!
    At home I would always chop up a bit of fresh jalapeƱo to go in the dressing.

    I don't understand why you can't get canned black beans here? They have every other kind of bean...seems odd. Anyway, I have been ordering them from Fireworks food...they are still expensive but slightly cheaper than the health food stores.

  15. Lipstick and LicoriceSeptember 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I couldn't find black beans so I substituted black lentils.....what are black beans?....totally delicious