Avocado Bar

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

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.


  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (from 1 garlic clove)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • Coarse salt

  • 1 large tomato, diced (1 ½ cups)

  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • ¼ cup diced red onion

  • 4 limes

  • 2 ounces Cotija cheese, crumbled (½ 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.

    Johnny Miller
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