Black Bean, Avocado & Sweet Corn Salsa

Life Changing Salsa

Bikini-Friendly Salsa

A friend of mine grows all different types of peppers & gave me some of my favorites the other day: Jalepenos.  And I was craving something with cilantro.  And of course, being a California girl, I’m always in the mood for avocados … and I have a plethora of fresh tomatoes from my garden so I thought I’d whip up some healthy, hearty salsa for lunch yesterday.

What I created was a delicious masterpiece & just as I snapped a shot of this salsa, in walks The Husband (as if on cue) and made off with the tray of chips and salsa!  That’s fine – I love feeding him & he was busy working, so I was happy to fill his belly … and mine.

You can munch on this in your bikini – it’s light, refreshing & low-cal, so feel free to have a beer or a lemonade along with it!

Black Bean, Avocado & Sweet Corn Salsa

15 oz can of organic black beans (no-salt added)
1 cup of sweet corn (fresh if possible, or organic canned if corn is out of season)
1 to 2 large avocados (is there such a thing as too much avocado?)
2-3 medium tomatoes (you can get creative & use whichever kind you like)
1/2 of a red onion, diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 small (or 1/2 of a larger) jalepeno, minced
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 of a lime, squeezed
kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper

Mix everything together & serve with some delicious organic corn chips!

eat me!

eat me!

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The California Salad

California Salad

Light & Healthy

So light, so healthy & sooooooo delicious!  I concocted this simple, yet elegant side salad after messing around with a few different ideas.  It’s even VEGAN, and it goes with just about anything you can think of …

What’s In It?  All my favorite things!

Arugula and/or Baby Spinach – My go-to choice is Arugula, but if I’m feeling frisky, I’ll pick up some Baby Spinach instead.  OR, if you’re feeling totally rebellious, mix them together as you throw your head back and laugh manically!

Sunburst Tomatoes – For most of my life I turned my nose up at cherry tomatoes or anything that slightly resembled them.  WHAT WAS I THINKING?  Holy mother of Solanum Lycopersicum, these little golden treats pack a sweet & delectable punch!  They add a unique compliment to the tangy, slightly bitter flavors of this salad.

Avocado – I mean, really, how can you go wrong with avocado?  It’s the best and most, er, one of the most versatile fruits.  (I sat here for a good 6 minutes and argued with myself about whether an avocado or a lemon is the most versatile fruit – I’m torn!)  I could eat avocado on ANYTHING & it lends some creaminess to this salad.  Growing up in Northern & Southern California, we had avocado trees & come to think of it – why don’t I have one now?  Ok, I just decided I’m going to propagate the next pit of an avocado.

Lemon – I love lemons, too.  And I do squeeze them on just about everything, so one day when I was sick of making dressing & just wanted something light & simple, I squeezed lemon all over the salad.  Hello!?  Why had I never thought of this before?  Lightbulb!

Garlic – Yep, another one of my faves … pressed & as much (or as little) as you like!  Me?  Two big, fat cloves!  (p.s. the garlic press is nice because it gets a little garlic juice in there, but if you don’t have one, just mince the garlic.)

Olive Oil – Just a little so that it all melds together nicely.

So like I was saying … You can eat this alone, or with your best buddy if you are nice enough to share.  Kidding, I mean, you can eat this as a stand alone salad, or it accompanies pretty much anything from chicken, to turkey chili, to white bean vegan soup, to grilled salmon or even barbecue!

You’re welcome … 🙂