Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 3, 2013

Baja Cali Black Bean Salad

So this was my lunch yesterday and today. And I’m thinking about whipping up another bowlful this weekend to serve with some yummy grilled chicken (if it warms back up enough to be pleasant for eating outdoors! Brr!). And whipping up is probably not the best verb here…because there is no whipping involved. Just stirring really. So maybe I’ll stir up another bowlful this weekend ;)

This dish is a super “clean” and diet friendly recipe. It’s almost paleo (I think…I can’t keep the “rules” straight on this diet!), gluten free, dairy free, low carb, etc. There is minimal chopping (learn here how I chop green peppers so I don’t have to deal with the seeds or the white ribs inside the pepper. And here on how to cut an avocado for a salad like this.)…and just takes a few minutes to prep! Win-win-win…Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad FTW!

I’m calling this Baja-Cali because it has all the flavors and colors of Baja..red/green…lime/cilantro…plus an avocado mixed in as well. Hence the Baja-Cali prefix for this black bean salad. Hope y’all enjoy this refreshing black bean salad!

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Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes ($.75)
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans ($.58)
  • 1 15 oz. can corn ($.75)
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced ($.50)
  • 1 orange pepper, seeded and diced ($1)
  • 1 small avocado, diced ($.50)
  • 2 small limes, squeezed ($.50)
  • Handful of cilantro leaves ($.10)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Add the diced tomatoes, black beans and corn to a colander in the sink and rinse well. Shake well to “dry.”
  • In a mixing bowl, toss together all the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • A note on the limes: start with the juice from 1 lime, taste and then add another if you want more lime flavor. Not all limes have the same amount of juice in them, so thought  I’d add a note :)
  • Serve the Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad as lunch or side dish…as is, or with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Cost $4.68

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Angie May 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm

I’ve been making a similar salad the past few weeks & it’s so yummy! Will have to try this version too! I chop fresh tomatoes, green onion, avocado and cucumber then add lime juice, a splash of champaign vinegar, S&P and EVOO. Ü

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Angie May 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm

I’ve been making a similar salad the past few weeks & it’s so yummy! Will have to try this version too! I chop fresh tomatoes, green onion, avocado and cucumber then add lime juice, a splash of champaign vinegar, S&P and EVOO. Ü

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Lily May 6, 2013 at 8:28 am

This sounds yummy and easy. Thanks. Btw, it’s not Paleo, they do not eat any grains or legumes so the corn and beans disqualify it.

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Mandy June 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I made this tonight and tossed it with whole wheat rotini, minced garlic, and olive oil. It made an awesome one-pot meal and is crazy healthy for the kids. Best part – ready in 10 minutes!

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Tawny August 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm

When you add Earth Balance mindful mayo to this, it makes the flavors pop.

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