Black Bean Taco Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Nancy came over for dinner again on Friday night and we had some great discussions…we talked supper clubs, fashion, language, and a variety of other topics.  We ate salad, and then went up to the Lincoln Wine Bar for a little music and with the intention of eating gelato — which we eventually did, topped with a shot of espresso, which did this great caramelizing and added almost a taste of chocolate to the vanilla gelato we were eating.  There was a great musician playing — Robert “One Man” Johnson.  If you enjoy blues at all, I would encourage at least checking his music out.  He is really talented and sang beautifully.  He had a ton of fun with the audience as well!

As for the salad we made, it was nice as it made 4 servings, so just enough for us to eat on Friday and me to have leftovers on Saturday, in the midst of writing.  A pretty simple Black Bean Taco Salad I’ve had in my recipe box for about 8 years, I’m not sure where it originated, but it’s been a favorite of mine.  I don’t think I’d made it for a couple of years, so it was nice to be able to make it for some folks who I knew would enjoy it.  Minda and I both worked on chopping different pieces of it and prepping so that when Nancy arrived, we were ready to eat!

black bean taco salad


Black Bean Taco Salad with Lime Vinaigrette


  • ¼ c chopped tomato
  • ¼ c chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp lime rind
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled

Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a blender or food processor; process until smooth.



  • 8 c chopped lettuce
  • 2 c chopped chicken breast
  • 1 c chopped tomato
  • 1 c chopped green pepper
  • 1 c diced red onion
  • ½ c shredded cheddar
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed

Combine salad ingredients and toss with vinaigrette.  Serve.

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