Smollett Siblings' Black Bean, Avocado and Tomato Salad
Smollett Siblings Blavamato Salad
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Our family calls this a "BlaVaMato" salad, which stands for black beans, avocado and tomatoes. These fresh ingredients get tossed together to make a killer mosh pit of a hearty salsa-inspired salad.


  • Dijon-lime dressing (makes 1/4 cup)

    • 2½ tablespoons avocado oil
    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Salad

    • 1 pint assorted cherry tomatoes, halved
    • One 15-ounce can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 Hass avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
    • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
    • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped


For the dressing:

Whisk together the ingredients in a small bowl or shake them in a jar (store in the fridge for up to 30 days).

For the salad:

Combine the tomatoes, black beans, avocado, onion and cilantro in a large bowl. Drizzle a small amount of the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat. Add more dressing as needed. Serve cold.

Reprinted with permission from "The Family Table: Recipes and Moments from a Nomadic Life" by Jazz, Jurnee, Jake and Jussie Smollett (William Morrow Cookbooks, April, 2018)