Black beans add protein and earthiness to main-dish salads starring summer staples such as corn, tomatoes, and avocado and dressed with citrus juices.

mariacarmen makes a salad of black beans, uncooked corn kernels, diced red peppers, chopped green onions, cilantro, lime juice, and salt and pepper. lexpatti is a fan of this version, which also includes shrimp. enbell likes this recipe for quinoa and black beans, which includes corn.

Avocado and black beans are joined with tomatoes in Ina Garten’s guacamole salad (mcf adds a bit of cumin to the dressing) and with mango in this salad.

cathyeats makes a salad of black beans and roasted sweet potatoes with red bell pepper and green onions, with a Dijon mustard-lime juice vinaigrette. It “has made converts out of some people I know who weren’t big fans of black beans and/or sweet potatoes!”

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