Fast and Easy Southwest Black Bean Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing

Last night I needed a fast, filling and easy dinner that was strong on the raw leafy greens. This is what I came up with. I already had a pot of black beans left over from a few days ago. I just made a big salad with our favorite greens and veggies, blended up a quick and easy dressing and topped it all with a few spoons of bean. It was all ready in 20 minutes.

You could make this using canned beans. Just heat them up while you are making your salad. Add some cumin and other seasoning to flavor them up. Your own homemade beans will me much tastier!

Fast and Easy Southwest Black Bean Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing
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Leftover beans are the secret to this fast and filling main dish salad. You can use canned beans too but they won't have the flavor of your homemade beans.
Recipe type: Main Dish Salad
Cuisine: Mostly Raw
Serves: 3-4 servings
  • ½ head of lettuce (your choice)
  • ½ bunch green kale
  • 1 tomato
  • ½ to 1 cup broccoli
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup sprouts
  • Reheated leftover black beans

  • Juice of 2 limes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chipotle pepper powder
  1. Tear greens into bite-sized pieces
  2. Slice tomato into wedges
  3. Chop broccoli and slice avocado
  4. Add all the veggies to a large salad bowl and toss

  1. Place all the dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth

  1. Heap salad onto individual plates
  2. Pour dressing over salad
  3. Top with beans
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.


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2 Comments on “Fast and Easy Southwest Black Bean Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing

Nita Mason
04/16/2015 at 9:20 pm

This was great!! The cilantro lime dressing was fantastic and the black beans made the dish satisfying and filling. Kudos once again Ama for a fabulous creation!!

Ama Opare
04/17/2015 at 7:01 pm

I am so glad you enjoyed it Nita. Sometimes the simple things do the trick.


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