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Under 30 Minutes

Avocado Bar

Think of this as an update on the taco bar: Lay out a platter of seasoned, lime-doused avocado halves and bowls of toppings, and let guests help themselves.

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  • Servings: 8
Avocado Bar

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2012


  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (from 1 garlic clove)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 large tomato, diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 4 limes
  • 2 ounces Cotija cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)
  • 4 avocados, chilled


  1. Place beans in a bowl. Heat oil in a small saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cumin, and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour oil over beans, and stir to coat; season with salt. Transfer to a serving bowl.

  2. Stir together tomato, cilantro, onion, and juice of 1 lime. Season salsa with salt, and transfer to a serving bowl. Place cheese in a small serving bowl.

  3. Just before serving, cut avocados in half, remove pits, and squeeze remaining limes over flesh. Season with salt, and arrange on a platter. Serve with beans, salsa, and cheese.

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