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vegan, gluten free, and packed with ton of zesty flavors!

Mexican Black Bean and Berry Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

Fresh and zesty Mexican Black Bean, and Blackberry Salad loaded with veggies and topped with zesty, creamy yet vegan avocado-lime dressing. This is not your average Bean Salad recipe! I'm telling yaa ;)

Doesn't it look delicious, loaded, and bursting with flavor??

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Remember, I told you about my barometer of measuring "how we eating anytime of the year"?! It starts showing a red-alert if I skip sharing/eating a salad, for few days. :) To make sure we include more and more fresh raw produce into our diet, at least twice a week, if not more, I make sure to serve salad for dinner or lunch. You know, Vishal and I, are addicted to salad for lunch. I also adore salads, because these help me, get both of us, daily recommended supply of fresh vegetables and fruits.

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This beautiful, colorful salad is not just healthy, it tastes delicious and also is very easy to prepare. Once you have blended the creamy Avocado Dressing, rest everything is just assembling the ingredients. 

Creamy, tangy, zesty Avocado-Lime dressing is packed with ton of flavor and has ONLY good fats to offer from our humble avocado, of course! I suggest, blend a big JAR as it tastes scrumptious!

Ask me, I can eat it with spoon or even drink with a straw ;)

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For this salad, I have used chopped crisp romaine lettuce, hearty black beans, juicy corn, whole plum blackberries, sweet grape tomatoes, some pepitta seeds for crunch and lots and lots of creamy avocado dressing. I must say, this salad is very versatile. You can use any ingredient of your choice. I mean, replace black beans with chickpeas, use any berries, like raspberries, or strawberries instead of blackberries, even you can use any salad green of your choice!

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I'm so fond of salads for lunch, that want to declare #saladforlunch moment!!

No kidding! Include more salads in your diet for a healthy YOU, today and tomorrow!! Let's fix health one-day-at-a-time and with one-healthy-salad-at-a-time!! And I have a long list of salads, for you to start today, and keep going for months!

Speaking of which, let's look at the merits of this salad, one more time:

1. This salad is vegan and also gluten free!
2. Even though vegan, you will not feel deprived of creaminess with zesty and creamy avocado dressing.
3. This salad is also nut-free, and soy-free.
4. You can bring this salad to dinner or lunch table in just 15 minutes!! How cool is that??

Mexican Black Beans and Berry Salad with Zesty Avocado Lime Dressing Vegan and Gluten free | chefdehome.com

This Mexican Black Bean Salad is truly a feast for all five senses.  It’s an crunchy, flavorful, and colorful dinner/lunch option: perfect for spring and even summer season. These days, this salad is on top of my menu-list! I just finished a batch of this salad for lunch as I'm sharing this post with you! 

I hope you will enjoy it too!

Have a great day!

Savita

Few of my favorite summer salads:

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Mexican Black Bean and Berry Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing

Mexican Black Bean and Berry Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Difficulty Easy Yields 4 Servings Serves 4

Ingredients

    Avocado-Lime Dressing
  • 1 Avocado  
  • 1/4 Cup Lime  (lime juice, juice of about 3 limes)
  • 1 Cup Cilantro  
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper  
  • Salt  (adjust per taste)
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil  
  • 1 Jalapeno  (seeds and stem discard, use half if don't like spicy)
  • Black Beans Salad
  • 1 Cup Black Berries  (Or use blueberries or raspberries, if you refer)
  • 2.5 Cup Black Beans  (2, 8 ounce cans, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 Cup Corn  (fresh corn steamed, or frozen thawed)
  • 2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes  (halved)
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds  
  • 2 Cup Baby Romaine  (chopped)
  • 1 Cup Cilantro  (a small bunch, chopped)

Directions

  • Step for Recipe - Mexican Black Bean and Berry Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing
    1. To make dressing, in a food processor jar, process jalapeno, avocado, lime juice, cilantro, black pepper, olive oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Make a smooth dressing, then taste and adjust salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  • Step for Recipe - Mexican Black Bean and Berry Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing
    2. To assemble salad, in a large salad serving bowl, add chopped romaine, cherry tomato, corn, black beans, black berries, half of pumpkin seeds, and chopped cilantro. Pour dressing over and gently toss to combine.
    Additional Notes
    You can use fresh corn steamed or fire roasted, or frozen corn soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  • Step for Recipe - Mexican Black Bean and Berry Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing
    3. Garnish with remaining pumpkin seeds. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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  1. Salads are my weakness! This one looks gorgeous! Pinned!

    Mira, we are on same page for our love of salads! really, me too adore them all four seasons! thanks for the pin, buddy! you rock!
  2. I LOVE your Mexican recipes! This salad looks amazing!

    Olivia, thanks for encouraging words. I appreciate that!
  3. What an awesome looking delish salad bowl. Looks so vibrant and refreshing. Loved that avocado lime dressing!

    Anu, thanks my friend :) I'm glad you like this salad! Oh yeah, this dressing is real stellar, a must try!
  4. Gorgeous and colorful salad Savita and I LOVE the avocado lime dressing, it's so good! Yum :)

    Manali, even though I enjoy this salad as-is many-times, but avocado-lime dressing always steals the show whenever I have avocados available ;)
  5. Pass me the fork please so that I can dig right into this gorgeous looking :D

    :) I wish I can pass you salad bowl too along with fork! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day.
  6. This seems to be interesting salad with interesting dressing..Including raw fruits and veggies is sure will help our metabolism ..Colorful salad bowl savitha

    Sathya, thank you so much my friend! Glad you like it dear.
  7. A yummy salad with a creamy dressing. ....what a beautiful set of spoons

    Nusrath, thanks! These spoons were my first salad-toss set, gifted by a friend :) I love using it for some color in the salad pictures! I'm glad you like it.
  8. Lately I have got this sudden interest of trying all new Salads in me, fortunately its summers and I can try them rather quickly. This Salad of yours looks really refreshing Savita. Would you believe I have tried the cilantro lime dressing everyone swears by yet? have to give it a go soon..

    Nupur, I'm sure you gonna enjoy salads! Summer is all about enjoying great salads! Though, I can never have enough of them, all four seasons :) Nothing can beat taste of cilantro, lime and some olive oil blended together. Always a hit in my home!
  9. Lovely salad Savita...too good

    Jayashree, thanks :)
  10. What a beautiful, colorful and a healthy bowl.. Loved the avocado lime dressing.. I could eat this delicious salad all the time..yumm

    Shubha, thanks! trust me, avocado lime dressing is kicker here :)
  11. There is always a twist which makes your recipe so innovative and Yummy!! Loved it!! Can I please have bowl..

    Kushi, whole bowl is yours, my friend! :) and thank you so much for beautiful words!
  12. What a gorgeous salad, Savita! I'm loving the black bean and berry combo. Sounds perfect with that dressing!

    Gayle, thanks! :) trust me, avocado dressing makes this salad even more scrumptious!
  13. I think this is a delicious salad with a silky and gorgeous dressing. You as always dear inspire me with your choice of props & I'm quite fascinated by the spoon. That bowl of goodness is a winner all the way.Imagining how appetizing the flavours are yummmmm, is making that bowl oh so irresistible.

    Piyali, my friend, it is always great hearing from you! Thank you so much for beautiful words! I'm glad you like the flavors here :) thanks for stopping by!