Mexican Caesar with Black Beans

Whether you’re looking for a plant-based protein option for your salad or simply want to mix things up a bit, black beans are always a great addition. This simple recipe features our Mexican-Style Caesar Salad Kit, which comes loaded with chopped romaine lettuce, Monterey Jack cheese croutons, toasted pepitas, shredded parmesan cheese, and our Mexican Caesar dressing seasoned with lime juice, jalapenos, cilantro, and spices. Toss on some black beans and cherry tomatoes, and you’ve just created an even more loaded salad with a significant boost of protein that makes it all the more satisfying and savory.

Total TIME 5 minutes
SERVINGS 3-4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Drain the can of black beans, add one cup to a small pot, and cook. We recommend adding seasoning such as garlic powder, cumin, pepper, and salt to taste.
  2. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half, set aside.
  3. Assemble the Mexican Style Caesar Salad Kit, add the black beans and tomatoes on top, serve, and enjoy!

Black Bean Appreciation 

Let’s take a moment to appreciate not just the culinary versatility of black beans but their nutritional value as well. A one-cup serving of cooked black beans contains approximately 227 calories, 15 grams of protein, 15 grams of fiber, and virtually no fat. Plus, they are rich in essential nutrients like folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Black beans are also packed with antioxidants, which help protect against cell damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. And if that’s not enough, their high fiber content supports digestive health and helps regulate blood sugar levels. 

And now for the part you probably care more about: what else can you do with them besides toss them on a salad? Plenty, actually. They make a fantastic base for vegetarian burgers or meatballs, providing extra protein and fiber while adding a creamy texture. You can also incorporate them into soups, stews, and chili (don’t listen to the anti-beans in chili crowd). For a healthy twist on traditional dips, try blending black beans with spices, garlic, and lime juice to make a flavorful black bean dip or hummus. They can even be incorporated into baked goods like brownies or cookies to boost fiber and protein content! And that’s just the start. Try experimenting with these versatile legumes to add more nutrients and flavor to your favorite dishes!

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