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Avocado and black bean salad

11 May 2016

This quick and easy avocado and black bean salad proves that salads needn't be boring.

Avocado and black bean salad
Avocado and black bean salad

Preparation time

8 minutes

Cooking time

3 minutes




  • 100g green beans, topped and tailed and cut into 1cm pieces
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 x 400g can black beans, drained and washed
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 large spring onion, finely sliced
  • 1 stick celery, finely sliced
  • 10g fresh coriander
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced


This dish provides one-third of your recommended daily intake of magnesium. This mineral is involved in many reactions in the body and is essential for healthy bones and the conversion of food into energy.

Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil and blanch the green beans for 1 minute. Drain the beans and run under cold water so they retain their colour.

Heat a small frying pan and add the pumpkin seeds. Move the seeds around the pan to evenly toast them for a couple of minutes then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Place the black beans in a medium mixing bowl with the green beans and all remaining ingredients, except the avocado, and combine well and season.

Serve the bean mixture in small bowls and top with the slices of avocado.

Copyright © 2016 by the Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom Ltd.

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