Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Guacamole Salad

This vegetable salad is fresh and citrusy. It is chalked full of vitamins and flavor. I first had this salad sitting outside on a family members deck in the early evening, it was perfect, and so I would suggest that it makes a perfect side to a summer barbecue. Be warned that the lime is a very distinct flavor, so if you are planning to serve it with another citrus flavor, you may want to add less lime, although I would make it just as is.

Guacamole Salad
Recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa at Home, 2006
Pictures by Caroline

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (I used 3 or 4 Roma tomatoes)
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and ½-inch diced
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup red onion, diced small
2 tablespoons minced jalapeño, seeded
½ teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 limes)
¼ cup good olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (I substituted red pepper flakes)
2 ripe avocados, seeded, peeled, and diced in ½-inch pieces

1. Place the tomatoes, yellow pepper, black beans, red onion, and jalapeño peppers in a large bowl.
2. Whisk together the lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic, and pepper flakes.
3. When ready to serve, pour dressing over vegetables and toss well. Add avocados and gently fold them into the salad. Serve and enjoy.


Caitlin said...

Yum-my! Looks great!

Brad said...

Healthy and tasty!

Chris and Jenn Roundy said...

This sounds amazing! I'm going to try it and I'll let you know how it goes.

Kami said...

Yum! Looks fantastic!

jessicajw said...

I made this last night for a dinner party. It was a huge hit. I should have doubled it because it disappeared so fast. I added cilantro and didn't have enough lime juice so I added a fresh squeezed lemon.

Jessie said...

This is such a good combination of flavors. I was delighted with the results. I was also delighted to use up a few more garden tomatoes.

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