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California Caviar Bruschetta

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# of Servings: 8
Recipe Created By: DanaG


2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained well
1/2 med red onion, diced
1 lg tomato, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp lime juice
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
2 med avocados
1/4 cup olive oil (for the bread)
1 clove garlic, minced (for the bread)
2 loaves French bread, sliced into about 16 slices (1/2 - 3/4 inch thick)


Combine black beans, red onion and tomato in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper to form a dressing. Pour dressing over the bean mixture, add the cilantro and toss to mix. Refrigerate overnight to meld flavors.

Combine 1/4 cup olive oil with the last clove of minced garlic and brush on one side of the bread. Broil for 1-2 minutes in the oven.

Spoon the chilled beans over the toasted bread and top with a couple of avocado slices.


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This is a California twist on a Texas classic. I made it to help work in some extra fat and protein into my milk-allergic kid's diet.


Instead of toasting the bread in the oven, you can grill it on the grill, 1-2 minutes on each side.

If avoiding wheat/gluten or if you don't have a safe bread, you could skip the bread all together. Cube the avocado (instead of slicing it) and gently toss it into the beans to serve as a side dish or dip with tortilla chips. Just don't add the avocado until you're ready to serve or it might turn brown.

You can substitute:

- apple cider vinegar for red wine vinegar

- lemon juice for the lime juice

- canola oil for the olive oil

Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in specific grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye). Other grains are naturally gluten-free but may have cross-contact with gluten-containing grains. Look for certified gluten-free products if you need to avoid gluten. Find out more about wheat and gluten substitutions.