By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.
Apart from their smooth nutty flavor, avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, which is easily burned for energy. They are an excellent source of fiber, folate, vitamins E, C, B6 and B5, and potassium, all of which have cardioprotective benefits. Black beans are high in plant protein and fiber plus an impressive array of essential antioxidant vitamins and minerals that reduce inflammation and benefit the whole body. This combination together with the herbs and spices in this salad is a dieter’s dream dish.
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- 2 cups dried black beans
- ½ cup sweet corn
- 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt, Celtic or sea
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup diced avocado
- ½ cup chopped tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
- 1 teaspoon chopped green chile pepper, seeded
- 4 cups salad greens
Soak the beans overnight. Drain, rinse, and place into a medium-size pot. Cover with water, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for up to 2 hours, until the beans have softened. Drain. Wisk together the cilantro, parsley, lime juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the beans, tomatoes, avocado, scallions, and pepper, and toss well. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Combine with the salad greens shortly before serving. Serves 4.
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