This low carb Avocado, Black Soybean, and Tomato Salad makes the perfect side dish or can be an entree with some grilled chicken, steak, or fish. With just 4 net carbs it's a low carb and keto salad that you will love. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down
This low carb salad with Avocado, Black Soybeans, Tomato, cilantro, and lime juice is simple but has so much flavor and will curb any carb cravings. Plus if you haven't tried black soybeans before, they will be a welcome addition to any low carb diet. Once you try them, you will also want to try these Low Carb Spicy Chicken and Black Soy Bean Tacos.
One of my favorite summer salads is a combination of avocado, ripe summer tomatoes, black beans, and cilantro however when I started trying to make lower carb choices, I quickly had to give up this delicious salad. That is until I discovered canned black soybeans! With significantly fewer carbs than traditional black beans, these make a terrific substitute in any bean dishes. Since they can be hard to find, I usually stock up on Amazon or at my local health food store.
What are black soybeans? Black soybeans are exactly what they sound like - a black version of the more common yellow or green soy bean. With just 120 calories, 7 grams of fiber, and 11 grams of protein - they are a really healthy option for a lower carb bean with just 1 net carbohydrate per serving. They also pack in lots of nutrients vitamin K, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, and riboflavin.
In the United States, black soybeans are usually sold canned and can be found in health and natural food stores. They also can be found online, which usually is the fastest option if you don't live near a health food store that stocks them. They are super versatile and can be used as a lower carb option for beans in almost any recipe. I use them in soups, salads, tacos, slow cooker dishes, and as a simple side dish.
Make it a Meal
To turn this Avocado, Black Bean, and Tomato salad into a low carb meal option, I like to do a few things. First I like to start with a bed or greens, shredded cabbage, or cauliflower rice. I like to eat volume, so bulking it up with veggies is a great way to start. Then I like to add some protein to the top. My favorite option is adding grilled chicken, steak, or fish. Usually, I will make it with blackening or Cajun seasoning since this pairs really well with spicy foods. If I don't have time to grill, I will reach for a rotisserie chicken or canned tuna. Both are high protein/low carb options that work great with the flavors in this salad.
Another way I love to serve this recipe, especially during hotter months, is a taco. Start with a low carb tortilla or lettuce wrap. Fill it up with the avocado and black soybean filling. Top with salsa and queso fresco. You can also throw on some grilled proteins like chicken or steak. If you can find jicama tortilla or don't mind making them at home, this is another great option.
Recipe Ideas for Avocado, Black Soybean, and Tomato Salad
- Add crunch: If you like some crunch in your salads, I recommend adding either fresh cucumbers or jicama. You can also add some pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or really any nut you like. And I have even heard of some people adding crushed up pork rinds to mimic croutons. While I am not a big fan of pork rinds, the salty and fatty flavors will work really well with the avocados, black soybeans, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime juice.
- Add cheese: This salad is delicious with cheese and since cheese works for low carb and keto diets, it's a great addition. Usually, I like to add a crumbly cheese like feta or queso fresco. It's also good with chunks of pepper jack or sharp cheddar.
- Add protein: As I mentioned above, if you want to make this a meal - add some chicken, steak, pork, or fish to the salad.
- Add oil: To keep this dish lower calorie, I didn't use oil in the salad. However, you can easily add olive oil or avocado oil to the salad to add flavor and healthy fats.
- Add heat: If you like things spicy, add some chopped fresh jalapenos to the salad. To keep a nice mild heat, remove the seeds and veins and dice into small pieces. You can also add some red pepper flakes to the salad for a nice layer of heat. If not everyone in your home likes heat, serve red pepper flakes or diced jalapenos on the side.
Avocado, Black Soybean, and Tomato Salad
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Toss everything together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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