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Recipe courtesy of Ellen Easton.
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Summer is the perfect time of year to make use of nature's bounty, especially while
entertaining outdoors. The garden is a wonderful resource from which one can devise an imaginative, yet tasty menu. Inspiration can
come from many avenues, as in the example of my childhood friend Betsy's black bean salad recipe, which is easily transferred from a side dish to
a tea savory when served in the hollow of an endive leaf.
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Betsy's Black Bean Salad
Salad and Salad Dressing,
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Prep time: 15 min
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup fresh, frozen or canned
1 jar medium or spicy salsa (your preference)
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced
tomatoes with oregano, garlic and/or basil**
1/4 cup good-quality
1 to 2 whole
avocados, peeled, seeded, and diced
* If using canned corn kernels, drain before using in the salad.
** Diced fresh tomatoes may be substituted. Add some oregano, garlic, and basil.
In a large bowl, combine black beans, corn, salsa, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar.
Refrigerate until ready to serve (best made 1 to 2 days ahead of time before serving).
Add diced avocado to mixture just before serving.
Place mixture into the hollow of an endive leaf and serve.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
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