Healthy Black Bean Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing


Unlike other Southwestern black bean salads, this one is mild, yet tangy, served on a bed of greens, and completely oil-free thanks to the naturally thick and creamy avocado dressing. Enjoy it as a light main dish or as a side for a summer or fall meal.

Healthy Black Bean Salad Recipe with Creamy Avocado Dressing

This recipe was shared with us by Whole Foods Market (it has been adapted slightly), in honor of a nationwide avocado sale in their stores. The ingredients are simple, and offer room for flexibility – for example: you can jazz it up with some ground cumin, chili powder, onion, and/or garlic; use a tri-color mixture of beans; add sliced green onions; increase or decrease the lime juice and cilantro to taste, or even add lime zest! The sky is the limit.

As is, this Southwestern-style salad with avocado dressing is quite diet- and allergy-friendly. It’s naturally vegan, vegetarian, egg-free, dairy-free / non-dairy (of course!), gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, soy-free, low fat, and added sugar-free.

Healthy Black Bean Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or thawed if frozen
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Puree the avocado and lime juice until smooth (can also be mashed with a fork or hand blender).
  2. Place the beans, lettuce, tomatoes, corn, pepper, pumpkin seeds, and cilantro in a large bowl, top with the avocado mixture, and toss everything together until evenly coated.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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