Monday, June 4, 2012

Guacamole Salad

My mama recently hosted my aunt and uncle for dinner and served All-American cheeseburgers as the main course.  For a side, she served this twist on another classic!  Not only did she declare it fabulous, but she called me and insisted I make the recipe myself.  Well, lucky me, I have the same cookbook, so there was no need to transcribe a recipe over the phone.  Without even doing a test-drive first, I doubled the recipe and served it up at my  little guy's first birthday party last weekend!  This dish was, without a doubt, a hit!  Enjoy!

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and 1/2-inch diced
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup small-diced red onion
2 tablespoons minced jalapenos, seeded (about 2 peppers)
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 ripe Hass avocados, pitted, peeled, and 1/2-inch diced

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, yellow pepper, black beans, onion, jalapeno, and lime zest.  Stir to combine.  

In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and cayenne.  Pour over vegetables and toss well.

Just before serving, fold the avocados into the salad.  Check the seasoning and serve at room temperature.  I made this salad the night before, saving the avocado step for just before serving!  Goes great with Blue Moon Burgers!

Serves 6.

Recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa at Home, by Ina Garten.


  1. Wow does this look good. Anything with avocados has me going, thanks for sharing this one!

  2. I love anything with avocados as an ingredient! This looks so colorful and flavorful.

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  4. This sounds like a great salad for's pretty, too! Patsy

  5. Ooooh! We agree - perfect summer salad! and the colors look great! Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  6. This has to go on the list of summer salads for my family. Love avocados and try to add them whenever I can..

    Would you link this up at the Recipe Box?

  7. Hello! I found you wonderful site via Family Fresh Meals. I can't wait to try this salad. It looks so refreshing and tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Congratulations! I have chosen your salad as one of my featured salads this week! I have tweeted it, pinned it and shared it on my Facebook page. It will be featured on Summer Salad Sundays this coming Sunday. Thanks for linking up and I hope to see you again so

  9. My family does not like 'hot stuff' so I subbed banana peppers. This was a great sub. I also used a little of the banana pepper juice in the dressing. I am serving it with turkey chili. What a healthy meal!