ABOUT THE RECIPE:
I was inspired by the herbs from my deck garden as well as some beautiful grape tomatoes at my local farm market to create this refreshing Grape Tomato, Avocado and Fresh Herb Summer Salad.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
Several grinds of freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup cooked and chilled black beans (see note)
8 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
2 medium avocados, pitted, peeled and cubed
¼ cup lightly-packed, chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Put the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk briskly to emulsify. Put all of the salad ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, pour in the dressing and toss gently to combine. Let stand 15 minutes to marry the flavors. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.