Black Bean Salad with Tomato, Avocado, and Serrano Lime Vinaigrette

OK, I will admit, this is not the prettiest dish in the world. But hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder right? Ya, that sounds good, but it is still ugly. 

*hanging head*

Well, I wasn't exactly thinking about the presentation when I came up with the dish. Sometimes, as a food blogger, you will get an idea in your head for a gorgeous dish. Then there are the other times, when you just think about tons of yummy flavors that would go well together. Then you just tend to jump in willy nilly (did I really just say willy nilly?) tossing things together to achieve the flavors you desire.

This. my friends. was exactly one of those moments.

We were going to a friends house for a party. She has a pool, and with the fabulous summer we had this year in Western Washington, we pretty much lived there for a couple of months. We + most of our friends! 

So dinners usually consisted of whatever the men folk tossed on the grill. 

We are men. Must build fire. Must make meat. UGH! Shhhh don't tell them I made fun of them.

Then we either grilled up packets of potatoes, corn, or just do a side salad.

On this day I decided I wanted to do something different. Something waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay different. I wanted to wake up their taste buds. Hellooooo spicy food is good too!!

Well my friends, I achieved just that. 

This recipe makes a large bowl of salad. The perfect party size.

It was gone in the blink of an eye.

Ugly? Yes. But ding dang good!!!

Black Bean Salad with Tomato, Avocado, and Serrano Lime Vinaigrette

1 bunch cilantro
2 Serrano peppers, chopped 
2 cloves garlic, chopped
5 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cans of black beans, drained
3 ears of corn, charred on the grill and kernels removed
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 large avocados, diced
8 ounces queso fresco, crumbled (can substitute feta if you can't find queso fresco)

For the Dressing:
Place the cilantro, the Serrano, garlic, white wine vinegar, lime zest, and cumin in a food processor and blend well, adding the olive oil as it mixes. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

For the Salad:
Place the black beans, corn, tomato, red onion, avocado, and queso fresco in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add lime juice and some salt to taste. Toss with the Serrano Lime Vinaigrette. Serve immediately or chill. 

Serves 8 to 10


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  1. I love bean salad and when you add avocado to it, the mix of flavors is like heaven. I also love the colors of the salad, they will look beautiful on any table.

  2. Oh my goodness it sounds amazing. I have got to try this on my family. Hmm, perhaps for our church potluck.

    1. Please let me know if you make it. I would love to have your opinion :)

  3. This is right up my alley. I love these kind of flavors. It's not that ugly, either!

    1. Thanks :) ya in the end it is the flavor that counts right?

  4. That salad looks awesome! I need to eat more salads. :)

  5. That is such a cool looking salad, gotta make it!

  6. I'm not a fan of black beans but hubby is. I would definitely make this without the beans because I know everything with avocado tastes good. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Never tried one but hey it looks delicious! You made me grab some salad tonight!

  8. Your friend has a pool? Woohoo! Have fun! This looks super yummy, I think I need some salad in this dinner! :D

  9. This looks good! I would definitely be tempted to tuck right in :) x

  10. I didn't think it was ugly. I'd be tempted by it for sure.

  11. When the recipe is as good as this, ugly becomes GORGEOUS!!

  12. Yum this sounds delicious! I don't think it looks ugly I think it looks tasty.

  13. That look really good! I'd eat it , and I'm saving the recipe as well :)

  14. these are one of the foods that tastes better than they look right? i don't know if i'm going to try this soon, but thanks for the recipe!

    1. Yes it tastes waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than it looks!

  15. it does look good :) not really something i'd eat though, but i'm glad your friends enjoyed it!

  16. This looks yummy and festive. Thanks for sharing the recipe!