Appetizer Recipe: Chunky Black Bean Dip

By: Sheilah Kaufman

This is a great recipe for clearing the body of toxins. The combination of beans, garlic and cumin is a powerhouse for detoxification, and the black beans pack a high fiber punch. What that means for you, dear readers, is that this recipe is great for swimsuit season! Plus, it's so simple to make, you could be enjoying it within minutes. Which means no excuses for unhealthy appetizers on your table this summer! Whip some of this up for your next gathering, or just as a snack for yourself. 

Hint: I love adding chunks of avocado to this.


  • 2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup mild chunky salsa (I love mango salsa)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cracked pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin 

Combine all Ingredients in a large bowl. I like to add chopped cilantro and crumbled feta. Serve with corn or other multigrain chips, or pita bread.

From my friend and nutritionist Teri Cochrane. Follow Teri on Facebook

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A popular lecturer and expert on Mediterranean cooking and Jewish culinary history and traditions, Sheilah has been a guest speaker for The Library of Congress, The National Book Festival, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival  In addition, she is a popular lecturer for Jewish Federations, Hadassah, diplomatic groups, and Oasis, and has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs (including Martha Stewart Live) across the nation. Sheilah also does consulting and has developed recipes and served as a national spokesperson for a number of international companies. Visit Sheilah's website here!