Apr 8, 2013

Fiesta Bean Salad



Black beans, chick peas, tomatoes, cilantro and avocado are tossed with a cumin-lime vinaigrette – I love the bright, fresh flavors of this quick and easy salad! Perfect for lunch, Meatless Mondays, or even as a side dish with grilled steak, shrimp or chicken.

Something magical happens when you combine cumin, cilantro and lime juice. I can seriously add this to just about anything and be a happy camper.


I confess that I didn't always like beans in my salads, I think it's a texture thing because I love beans simmered in soups or with rice, but...


...add some avocados, cilantro, red onion, lime juice, and cumin.... this is yumm-y!! What's more it's antioxidant rich, full of heart healthy fats, clean, and high in fiber which keeps you full and satisfied.

This serves four as a main dish, if you prefer to have this as a side dish, then it would easily serve 8.



Fiesta Bean Salad
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: little over 1 cup • Old Points: 7 • Weight Watcher Points+: 7 pt
Calories: 335 • Fat: 11.5 g • Carb: 47 g • Fiber: 15.5 g • Protein: 14 g • Sugar: 0.4 g
Sodium: 481.6 mg • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, diced

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the garlic, lime juice, oil, cumin, crushed red pepper, and salt.



Add the black beans, chickpeas, tomato, onion and cilantro; mix well. When ready to eat, gently mix in avocado and serve right away.



Makes 4 1/3 cups.

78 comments :

  1. Do you think this dressing would be good on your Mexican Cobb salad??

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  2. This looks really yummy, but I'm not a fan of chickpeas, any recommended replacements?

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  3. wow this looks really delicious !

    http://franchemeetsfashion.blogspot.cz/

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  4. I'm with the "don't like chickpeas" statement. EW. Need a different bean suggestion, although anything with cumin in it HAS to be good. :)

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    1. Use whatever beans you like, swap it for northern or cannelini beans.

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  5. Looks like a delicious summer dish! How long do you think this would keep for in the fridge?

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    1. Without the avocado, 2 to 3 days. I would add the avocado just before you are ready to eat.

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  6. With the warmer weather we've been enjoying, this looks like the perfect meal!!!

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  7. That looks amazing!!!!!! I'm so excited for summer tomatoes. Have a fabulous day!

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  8. Hm, the recipe calls for green beans in the description but the photo doesn't show any. Can't wait to eat it! This is my lunch!

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    1. That's an error, took it out. I was going to make it a 3 bean salad with green beans, but got lazy and didn't feel like cooking them.

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  9. I love it. I've recently fell in love with chickpeas (a local restaurant has the best garbanzo bean salad) but it has a lot of olive oil and a ww friendly recipe is something I've been craving. Thanks so much!

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  10. I love bean salad..It seems high in points is that because of the beans/???? looks great...Janice

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    1. Avocado has some healthy fats, and I think the beans have a little. But it's all good fats.

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  11. Simple and delicious!! What a great bean salad for spring!

    Mr. & Mrs. P
    www.cristyandmichael.blogspot.com

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  12. Cilantro + Lime = I'll always sign up for that meal!

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  13. I never grow tired of these flavor combinations!

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  14. Anyone else notice the mention of adding in green beans? but they are not an ingredient in the recipe?

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    1. I was going to add them, then decided not to. Thanks for noticing, I forgot to remove it.

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  15. What a fabulous salad for summer parties! I can definitely see myself making this again and again. Thanks, Gina!

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  16. Made it today. Yummy!!! Didn't have a chickpeas so skipped it. Thank You!!

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  17. YUM! I am also looking for new healthy mexican recipes! This looks delicious. Have you ever tried cowboy salad? That's a great one too.

    Corbin
    decor-eat

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  18. Awesome recipe. My hubby is gone for a few days so I will get to actually enjoy the left overs myself! I use this dressing as a marinade for my fajitas. It's so perfect. Thanks again!

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  19. Thank you Gina. I made this today and it was delicious!

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  20. Could you suggest cilantro substitutes? Ever since I had my son cilantro tastes like soap to me. Apparently it's an allergy or an enzyme issue.

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    1. I too HATE cliantro, I always sub just fresh parsley for it.

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  21. Thank you for the recipe! this is among my favourite! :)

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  22. I replaced the chickpeas with corn and it was...awesome.

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    1. that's a good idea!
      ~Earlene~

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  23. Hi Gina,
    I loooove all your recipes and now have a binder full of them. My kids love them too. Do you share your recipes with the WW community through your etools? I try to find them so I don't have to build the recipes online myself.
    Thanks again! Kim

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  24. Oh this sounds yummy! I'm on an avocado and chick pea (well hummus, but that's just smashed chick peas) lately so this is perfect. Thank you!

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  25. Oh this sounds yummy! I'm on an avocado and chick pea (well hummus, but that's just smashed chick peas) lately so this is perfect. Thank you!

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  26. Your pictures are amazing. This is very similar to a cowboy caviar recipe I've made and has always been a hit with friends. That has black eyed peas instead of chickpeas and it also has corn.

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  27. This is totally going to be my go-to lunch for spring and summer! I think I'll be adding in some quinoa for a little extra protein, too. Yum!

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    1. Quinoa sounds like a perfect addition! Thanks for posting this suggestion.

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  28. I have to tell you I bought the ingredients for this and made it this morning and can't wait to try it for lunch. Very easy to make and will probably be my favorite salad for the summer.

    ~Earlene~

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  29. I just made this, and it's awesome! Having it over some spinach for lunch today (it's a pretty good amount of dressing).

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  30. I LOVE THIS DISH! I've made one pretty simliar a hundred plus times; however I never thought to add the black beans!!!! It's usually the garbanzo's, tomatoes, avocados, onions, and cucumbers! Thanks for the tweak.

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  31. Hi, what brand/type of canned black beans do you recommend? I'm trying to integrate beans into my diet, but I've heard so much about canned beans having an overload of salt or being mushy that the bean aisle now terrifies me!

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  32. This looks amazing! The perfect weeknight summer dinner if you ask me! I can't wait to try this one!

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  33. Made this tonight and served it as a side to steak. Incredible recipe Gina! It was so good my husband used bread to wipe up the last of the dressing! No black beans so used only garbanzos, still delish! Can't say how much we loved this salad! Thanks Gina!

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  34. This was soo good my two year old even ate it! Mmm.

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  35. Yum! I had an impromptu lunch with a friend today and made this. Served it over fresh arugula with couscous and roasted onions. Delish!!!

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  36. So good! I made this and added quonia – I am loving it! Makes an excellent lunch :) Thanks again for a great recipe!

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  37. I added cucumber for a nice crunch. Delicious!

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  38. I made this last night, and packed it for lunch today...this is so good! Probably one of my new favorite meals, the flavors work so well together, and it's easy and filling. I'm always looking for new lunch recipes, so thank you!

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  40. This is one of my favorite recipes you've EVER posted, Gina! I made this for a school pot luck and it was well-loved. Even better were the leftovers, tossed with romaine and leftover veggies.

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  41. Having this for lunch today, but I upped the cilantro (because I love it) and added some frozen, thawed corn. Yum!

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  42. Eating this for dinner at work--OMG FANTASTIC!!!!

    My avocado is not as pretty as yours, since I added it early and shook the container to mix everything; it is super creamy though from all the mashed avocado! I will definitely make this again, with the addition of corn as someone suggested!

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  43. Found this recipe through Pinterest and I have to say that it is definitely one of the best I have found! I made it exactly like the recipe with the exception of dried cilantro since it was all I had but this was fantastic! My husband AND my kids liked it too! Will be making this again as well as trying some of your other recipes!

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  44. I've made this a few times since you've posted it and my husband and I LOVE it! I use the whole can of chickpeas though just so I don't have to find something to use that last bit for! :) Very yummy!

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  45. Just made this and paired it with some warm sourdough. Dipped my bread into the dressing at the bottom of the bowl. Nom nom nom......

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  46. I've made this twice now... the 2nd time I didn't want to waste chick peas so I added the whole can... and then it tasted tooo much like chick peas. d'oh! Lesson learned, follow the recipe!

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  47. I can't wait to make this. I love bean salads.

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  48. I got 8 points plus when I put the nutrition info into my points calculator. Thoughts?

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  49. I made this the other night and it was delicious! I think it is actually better the second day! I just love your recipes! I have not found one that my husband and I didn't like! Thanks Gina!

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  50. This is amazing. My toddler can't get enough of it! She keeps asking for more beans! :)

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  51. I made this for dinner tonight, absolutely fabulous. I added a very finely diced jalapeno. Awesome. I'm making again this weekend for a Memorial Day cookout.

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  52. I made this for dinner tonight, absolutely fabulous. I added a very finely diced jalapeno. Awesome. I'm making again this weekend for a Memorial Day cookout.

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  53. I made this last night, and it was great! I used cucumber instead of tomato (I don't like raw tom.), used a whole can of chick peas, and used cilantro "paste" instead of buying a whole bunch of cilantro. Served w/ Jamaican jerk chicken. Next time I will use real cilantro and add a diced jalepeno pepper.

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  54. I am looking forward to making this. I am using shallots as I have no onion and chili powder in place of the cumin.

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  55. This looks AMAZING! I know what I'm having for lunch this week :)

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  56. i dont have any limes.. can i use lemon??

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  57. Perfection!!! thanks for such a perfectly delicious recipe! We made this today for lunch and gobbled it down with my 6 and 4 year olds:)

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  58. This bean salad is ridiculously delicious!!! It will definitely be in my lunch/dinner rotation at least once a week.

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  59. I made this with some feta cheese, mango, and corn as well (halved the chickpeas because I don't love them). Really tasty (although the additions meant that I had enough salad for about 17 people).

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  60. This was exactly what I needed! The flavours were bang on and it was just so satisfying; super easy to make and quick. This will definitely be made over and over again for years to come!

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  61. Added quinoa, avocado, and jalapeno, ditched the onions. It was amazing!!

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  62. Dear Gina, this was amazing. Served this over whole wheat baked tortillas and with a side of the guacamole deviled eggs. It was very appreciated. :)

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  63. THIS IS EXCELLENT! Moved to Singapore from Texas 5 months ago and haven't had any good Mexican food yet. This gave us the "fix" we needed. Had to sub lemons for lime after looking at two stores. But still great! And just as pretty as the pictures here. My husband and I ate the whole batch for lunch. So much for the 7P+. Will definitely bring this to pot lucks.

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  64. Made this for the first time a few weeks back and it became in instant favourite! Can't get enough of this salad!

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