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Avocado and Pinto Bean Salad

Avocado and pinto bean salad

Here’s an easy salad with a Southwestern flair. A tasty combo of avocado and pinto beans, this goes well with simple quesadillas and other tortilla specialties that don’t themselves contain beans. This also makes a great portable lunch along with stoneground tortilla chips and some seasonal fruit. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Avocado and Pinto Bean Salad
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Recipe type: Bean salad
Cuisine: Healthy
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Serves: 3 to 4
 
Here’s an easy salad with a Southwestern flair. A tasty combo of avocado and pinto beans, this goes well with simple quesadillas and other tortilla specialties that don’t themselves contain beans.
Ingredients
  • 15- to 16-ounce can drained and rinsed pinto beans (or 1½ to 2 cups cooked), or see Variation below recipe box
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, or to taste
  • ¼ cup vinaigrette, prepared or homemade, or as needed to moisten
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
Instructions
  1. Combine the beans, tomatoes, cilantro, vinaigrette, and pepper in a serving bowl and toss well. This much can be made ahead.
  2. Just before serving, stir in the diced avocado.

 

Variation: Substitute other favorite beans — red, black, pink, etc., for the pinto beans. Whatever you have on hand will be good in this!

Avocado and pinto bean salad recipe

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Larson
    February 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Easy enough to make this your tortilla filling……..add some raw jalapenos minced and some onion and voila!

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      Nava
      February 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Fabulous idea, Elizabeth! Just gave me the idea that one can also add lots of chopped lettuce or baby spinach or arugula, and make an awesome wrap, too.

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    Gina Pagan
    February 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Love the recipes

    • Reply
      Nava
      February 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you, Gina!

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    susan
    February 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    This would be yum in a lettuce wrap….especially butter lettuce! Mmm

    • Reply
      Nava
      February 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Such a good idea, Susan — thanks!

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    Marissa
    February 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Any other alternatives to the vinaigrette? I can’t can’t stand the taste!

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      Nava
      February 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Marissa, just add extra lime juice to taste, and if you’d like, a little more olive oil. Or, you can just sub your favorite all-natural salad dressing altogether — it’s all about what tastes best to you!

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    Chris
    February 12, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Marissa I think even Ranch would be good.

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    Pamela
    February 13, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I will be making this tonight!

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    Vodzoo
    April 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    It is easy and so delicious! I have to do three times bigger portion every time and it disappear in a moment. Perfect when you invite some guests!

    • Reply
      Nava
      April 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks! So glad you enjoyed this.

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    Linda
    May 31, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I would add a little cumin and it would be great with black beans as well.

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