Sunday, September 6

A: Avocado

I love love love avocado. I used to hate it, but one day I discovered its rich goodness. When mom tells you that your taste changes as you get older, she is for reals. I now at avocado on everything: black beans, sandwiches, toast, etc. So here is one of my favorite recipes, from the amazing food blog fresh365. Enjoy.

Mango-Avocado Salad with Black Beans and Lime Vinaigrette
adapted from Whole Foods . serves 4

2 ripe avocados, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
3 T lime juice
1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
1 t grated lime zest
1/2 t salt
1/4 t sugar (or agave nectar)
2 T chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
4 T olive oil
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a medium bowl, toss mango and jalapeño with 1 T lime juice and salt. Add avocado and gently toss to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining lime juice, zest, sugar, cilantro and oil. Toss the black beans with the vinaigrette. To assemble, spoon the black beans with vinaigrette into the center of a serving platter. Top with the mango-avocado mixture. Garnish with chopped cilantro and black pepper.

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