The longer it sits, the better it gets

Mediterranean Black Bean Salad

This salad is probably one of my favorite recipes on the website. I love the combination of black beans, vegetables, and diced avocado, tossed in a light lime-flavored dressing. The flavors really blend nicely after it sits for a couple of hours, but will reach its peak after about 24 hours. Serve as a side dish or a topping for a green lettuce salad. It’s good any way you have it!

Mediterranean Black Bean Salad

2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped green bell peppers
1 cup chopped red bell peppers
1 cup chopped tomatoes, unpeeled, unseeded
1 cup chopped avocado, cut into ½-inch cubes (about 1 medium avocado)
½ cup diced onions
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt

Put beans, peppers, tomatoes, avocado, onions, and parsley in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Whisk until combined and pour over salad.Toss well to coat. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours to allow flavors to blend, and serve.

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)


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  2. This was delicious! I ate it with romaine lettuce and banana peppers! I’ll definitely be making this again! It was a hit at the gathering I went to. Thanks!

  3. Kristen,
    I cannot thank you enough for your website. What a Godsend it has been for me as I embark on my first Daniel fast. This salad was fantastic! Thank-you for following your calling. It has certainly blessed me!
    Anne 🙂

  4. I have tried the corn chowder(awesome!!!), the black bean salad is yummy-oooo, and the date honey is a blessing. I’m using it to sweeten my herbal teas and I even put some in the dressing for the black bean salad! Oh sooo good. This is my first fast and your recipes have been a blessing and I know I can make this a lifestyle change. Bless you!!!

  5. I love these recipes, just curious if you have the calorie count for each recipe. Thanks for making this healthier lifestyle easier

    • Unfortunately, I don’t. My newest posts do contain nutrition facts, but my older ones do not. When I started my blog in 2009, I didn’t even think to add that information. Now I have 200+ recipes, and I haven’t had the time to go back and add that information! You can calculate the calorie content by plugging the ingredients into an online recipe program. I use, which is free. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes.

  6. Hi ,
    Just ran across your site and so far I’m liking the recipes. Can I use lemon juice for any of the recipes that calls for lime since I don’t have any limes on hand?

  7. Doesn’t the avocado turn brown if it sits for 24 hrs?

    • Great question. Using an acidic juice, such as lemon or lime juice, will slow the oxidation process. Also, if you make guacamole, you can put the pit in with the guac overnight to keep it from browning as quickly.