This spicy, smoky bean salad packs a whole lot more flavor into it than you'd expect of something that takes all of six minutes to make, and you have hot smoked salmon to thank for that. Its deep flavor gives a can of black beans a serious boost of flavor, so this lunch doesn't need too much else by way of seasoning. Add some cherry tomatoes and avocado in there for color and toss it all with a cumin-lime dressing, and the result is a lunch I guarantee you'll be putting on repeat. Pile the whole mess on rice, scoop it up with chips, or just eat it straight from the bowl.
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Both salmon and black beans give this salad the kind of protein boost that's often needed when you hit that noon slump. Luckily, the recipe comes together in a flash, so you can fill up and move on to the rest of the day's work without fuss. This is a salad that can be enjoyed whatever way you're feeling at that moment. I love it alongside a pile of tortilla chips, but it's also nice on top of a bowl of salad greens or rice. Or stuff some inside a whole-wheat wrap! If you don't have the energy for any of these things, just grab a fork and dig in — it's great that way too.
Spicy Salmon Black Bean Salad
Makes about 3 cups; serves 2 to 4
hot smoked salmon
(15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
medium avocado, diced
cherry tomatoes, halved
freshly squeezed lime juice (from 1/2 medium lime)
Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Flake the salmon into a medium bowl using a fork or your hands. Add the remaining ingredients and gently toss to combine. Serve on its own, alongside tortilla chips, over salad greens, on top of rice, or tucked inside a whole-wheat wrap.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.