From Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen—Diana’s Avocado Mexican Salad

Perfect for Cinco de Mayo this weekend

This delicious recipe came from my sister-in-law, Diana, who seemed to effortlessly throw it together. This recipe is perfect for a warm day!


  • 2 cups of black beans
  • 2 cups of corn
  • 2 cups of artichokes, defrosted if using frozen and coarsely cut
  • 3 avocados, diced
  • 2 cups of grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 4 cups of brown rice, cooked ahead of time
  • 2 cups of spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup of cilantro, chopped and separated
  • 2 Tbsps of lime juice, plus more for rice
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of agave nectar


  1. Cook the brown rice and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine black beans, corn, artichokes, avocados, grape tomatoes and spinach and mix.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup of cilantro, lime joyce, garlic powder, agave nectar, and apple cider vinegar. Mix well.
  4. Add the dressing to the mixture and mix.
  5. Mix 1/2 cup of cilantro and 2 tablespoons of lime juice to the brown rice (heated or cold) and stir.
  6. To serve, add desired amount of brown rice and place mixture over it.
  7. Enjoy!

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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