Black Bean Taco Salad
Okay, before starting I have to say, ' I am not a salad lover '. And I always used to wonder how people eat salads ? I am an Indian and I love my rice and all other Indian foods and never imagined I will have the thought of eating a salad.
But eating rice daily both for lunch and dinner, made me gain a little weight ( by the way, I eat lot of rice, literally lot of rice. May be Indians who eat rice gets me!). Then I was looking for alternatives and certainly no for salads. I tried soups, just fruits ( like a whole watermelon), chapathi (Indian tortilla) and sometimes eating just curry. But all this just made me crave for more food, food that have more fat and sugars.
One day, when I was scrolling Pinterest for some recipe inspirations, I saw some posts saying 'Right way to eat salads!'. To give a try, I looked at different blogs, youtube videos and articles on proper way to prepare salads. To my wonder, what I was thinking or imagining about salads is completely wrong. I used to think salads are just mix of different uncooked greens dressed with fancy dressings ( I don't even know proper names). But there is lot more to it, and small changes make them taste great and keep us full.
Following are some points that can make a salad taste much better! (in my opinion),
Its okay to have some ingredients of your salad cooked (not deep fried, if you are watching your weight).
Add your favorite veggie that can compensate the taste of your not so favorite veggie. In my case, I don't prefer eating raw greens much, so I add cooked sweet corn. Even the small bites of corn makes my taste buds happy!
Add your Protein. Or else you will be hungry in an hour. For vegans and veggies, add cooked beans or you can even try cooked lentils.
Most important, don't over do at first attempt. For first time, just add your favorites, like avoid greens, add them in little quantities slowly.
For now, those are the tips that helped me. If you have any other ideas or if something seem not so right to you, feel free to reach me in comments. I am always eager to know more about nutritious foods.
Now, lets see the recipe to make the salad that a salad-hater(me) loved!
Servings : 2 People
Vegan | Gluten-Free | Refined Sugar-Free
1 cup cooked Black Beans
1/2 cup Grape Tomatos
1/2 cup Tender Spinach
1-2 Assorted BellPeppers
1/2 Sweet Corn or 1/2 cup Sweet Corn kennels
1/2 Red Onion
1-2 Garlic Cloves
Get canned black beans (no salt added) or you can cook beans from scratch. To cook, soak beans in water overnight, if you have Pressure cooker or Instapot, cook time will be 10 mins if not add double the quantity of water in a pot and cook for 20-30 mins (with lid closed on medium flame). If using canned beans, wash them well.
Now take a saute pan and add 1 tsp of cooking oil, and add 1 chopped garlic. Once the garlic releases the aroma, add cooked beans, salt, pepper(add pinch of salt and pepper) and saute for 3-4 mins on medium flame. This increases the taste of beans.
Place the prepared beans in a bowl and in the same pan add 1 tsp of cooking oil and add chopped onions and bell peppers. Saute till caramelized and keep them aside.
Get canned sweet corn kennels or just cook the sweet corn by placing it in boiling water for 3-4 mins.
Now for the dressing, take 1/2 avocado and place in a blender with 1/2 lemon juice, 1/4 cup cilantro and pinch of pepper. And blend till smooth, for creaminess add 1 tsp of olive oil at the end. And the dressing is ready.
Now arrange the salad, place spinach, cooked beans, caramelized onions and bell peppers, chopped grape tomatoes, chopped 1/2 avocado, cooked sweet corn kennels, 1/2 lemon juice, pinch of pepper in a bowl and mix well with a spatula. Place the salad on a plate or bowl and add dressing as required.
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