How to prepare bean salad for vegetarians: more nutritious than meat

How to prepare bean salad: bean salad is like cowboy caviar, but not,” she described. This not-cowboy-caviar-but-similar salad is that salad that everyone should know and keep in their back pocket for … everything.

This salad is a shape-shifter. It’s always appreciated on a picnic spread, as a side with dinner, as a snack with tortilla chips — and, let’s be real, eaten straight from the bowl as a WFH lunch.

You can make it ahead (and you should!) because it gets better as it sits; the flavors mingle, the canned black beans and corn marinate. (One make-ahead note: I add the avocado just before serving because no one wants even slightly browned avo in their salad; it’s just not as good, and we know this.)

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How to prepare bean salad

This recipe is brilliant for a few reasons.

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1-How to prepare bean salad: It relies mainly on ingredients you already have around or are pretty easily accessible, notably canned black beans and corn, cumin, and fresh basics like limes, red onion, and tomato. (A lot of the ingredients you’d get for guacamole, you’re using here too.)

2-The only steps are chopping and stirring. Yes, it requires some prep — dice tomato, avocado, onion — but then you’re just dumping all the ingredients in a big bowl and giving it a stir.

3-How to prepare bean salad: You can memorize it. You need one of most of the main ingredients: 1 can of black beans, 1 can of corn, 1 tomato, 1 avocado, 1 jalapeño (if you want the heat), 1 garlic clove, and then 1/2 red onion and 1/2 cup cilantro. Once you make this salad a few times the ingredients become dialed into your memory.

And then the biggest reason why it works? People love it! I only want to cook something I can guarantee will be devoured (it makes me feel good; what can I say?) and this is — every single time.


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