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Cilantro and Black Bean Salad

Updated on June 8, 2016
4 stars from 2 ratings of Cilantro and Black Bean Salad

If summer had a taste, it would surely be this salad. It feels like the way you want to eat all the time and it tastes like it too. It's my oldest son's favorite, he had me make it again and again. He's married now so it reminds me of a time long past. It reminds me that God makes better foods than we do, and that flavor and diversity is better than same old, same old, any day. I love the way a dish comes into your life and over the years you change it here and there and make it your own until you can't remember the way it once was. This salad is a good reminder that nothing lasts forever, change is good and memories are sometimes as close as the tip of your fork. I hope you'll love this healthy, wonderful dish as much as we do.

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Ingredients for salad and dressing

  • 2 Bunches Cilantro, washed, stems cut off.
  • 1 Cup or so Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 Small avocados, peeled, pitted, cut into small bites
  • 1 bag Frozen, white corn, thawed
  • 3 cans Black beans, drained
  • 1 Lg sweet onion, diced
  • 1 Jalapeno, diced
  • 3/4-1 Cup Lime juice, fresh is best, but bottled is fine
  • 3/4-1 Cup Canola oil, any light oil
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Sugar
  1. Chop veggies, add ingredients for dressing one by one on top of veggies. I don't give exact measurements for lime juice and oil etc. because it really should be done to taste. My family likes a lot of lime where yours may not. Start small and add as you go. I also don't rinse the beans, though I drain them, because I like the starchiness they add to the dressing. Try the recipe as written the first time, then make substitutions the next time. Add peppers or mango, red onion... make it your own.

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      lol. Thanks, it is tasty.

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      Voted up and 5 stars. I try to find any excuse to get cilantro into a dish (Neptune bless the wife for introducing me to it!) so I'm DEFINITELY going to make this. Sharing it on facebook too (which I almost NEVER do). Bravo!

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      Wow, that's awesome, thanks! I don't know if I've ever been "shared" before. :)

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I make a similar salad with quinoa added and it's delicious. Thank you for sharing!

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      Ohh, quinoa... sounds great.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Sounds like a dish I'd love. First of all I love every ingredient in it, and I'm drooling on my keyboard as I write. So of course, now I have to try it. Grocery tomorrow, this dish tomorrow night! YUM! Thanks for sharing!

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      I hope you love it. Im hungry now. lol

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This looks divine! Pinning!

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      lol. Thanks again!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      My sister would love this salad. She is a cilantro freak. I have no doubt that it would be something I'd like except for the avocados. I've never seemed to take to them. Have any suggestions on what to use instead of them?

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      The avocados could be left out completely. Maybe you'd like mango?

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Eww no cilantro. I'll have to find something else to bring the freshness. Any suggestions?

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      Im afraid this salad's all about the cilantro. If you're looking for something similar, but different, you might look up a mint salad online. :)

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      That would be another choice. Thanks Sed-me for the suggestion. I appreciate it.

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      WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

      That does sound yummy specially because I love fresh cilantro as well as avocado. Have no idea what white corn is though.

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      It's sweeter than regular corn and maybe a bit crisper. :)

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I like eating healthy and I usually include a salad with my meals. I try to find different ways to make it, just for variety. I've got to try making this one. I already know I like all the ingredients that you mentioned. So I'm looking forward to trying it.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      This sounds wonderful!!

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      Thank you Audrey!

      And you as well, Glenn.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Oh my gosh, Beth, your recipe makes my mouth water. I must try this soon. Thank you for sharing you salad recipe. I bookmarked so I can come back for the list when I need to shop. You are like me with recipes - you make it your own.

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      Wow, what a kind comment Phyllis. Yes, I think making it your own is more fun and it suits your tastes better. Thanks so much for reading. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Ah, I wish my sweetheart loved cilantro. I surely do, and your salad looks scrumptious. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I'll adapt this salad for one and enjoy it, like the Little Red Hen, all by myself!

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      haha... hide in your closet if you have to.

      Did you know the coriander seed comes from the plant cilantro? I didn't know that til recently. They cannot be substituted for one another and have very different tastes, but I just thought that was interesting. :)

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      WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

      A little book I bought decades ago, written by a Mexican woman living in the UK, gives some tips for making an authentic Mexican chilli. The main thing, according to her, is to use both powdered coriander seeds and fresh coriander (i.e. the leafy bits you call cilantro) among the herbs and spices used. The second most important thing is to add a little cocoa powder. Not enough to taste in itself, but just enough to add that extra something special to the chilli flavour.

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      How cool. Ive heard of ppl using cocoa before. I make a sweet chili with a little brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and chili powder. Its really good.

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      Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Yummy! I love every ingredient in this recipe. Thanks!

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      You're welcome. I have a fabulous Kale salad. I think I will post that one soon.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Another salad recipe to be added in my list, lovely greens

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      Thank you. so funny! I was just looking thru all of your recipes thinking they looked amazing. Oddly enough I am eating kale salad for lunch. I still haven't posted it. i really need to. :)

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      Missy 2 years ago from The Midwest

      I love cilantro. This looks delicious!

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      Thanks mommy blogger. It is sooo good. I can't wait for spring and summer to start making this again. :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love salads, yours is bookmark in my list. thanks

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      Sed-me 2 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      Thank you so much peachpurple. :)

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      amazmerizing 20 months ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      I have been looking for a great blackbean recipe to tweak... this is an interesting version. Thanks for sharing ;)

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      Sed-me 20 months ago from An undisclosed location.

      Thanks amazmerizing. If you go lightly on the lime juice etc., it makes a wonderful bruschetta too. :)

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