Avocado and Black Bean Quesadillas with Pickled Cucumber

This quick and easy recipe for quesadillas will be ready in twenty minutes, making for the perfect speedy supper or substantial lunch.

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The Mexican version of the toasted sandwich, these crispy quesadillas are filled with gooey cheese, soft avocado and fresh juicy tomatoes, served with a sharp pickle. They make a perfect lunchtime meal. Chill any leftover cucumber pickle in an airtight jar.

Serves 4
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total time: 25 min


For the quesadillas:
1 large avocado, roughly chopped
200g (7oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
125g (4½oz) pack mozzarella, drained and torn
100g (4oz) cherry tomatoes, quartered
3 spring onions, sliced
2 tbsp chopped coriander
zest and juice of 1 lime
olive oil, for frying
8 flour tortillas
125g (4½oz) Cheddar, grated
salt and pepper
For the pickled cucumber:
1 whole cucumber
1 tsp salt
50g (2oz) caster sugar
60ml (2½floz) cider vinegar
1 red chilli, halved
5cm (2in) fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
3 pieces stem ginger in syrup, sliced


1. For the cucumber pickle: cut the cucumber into thin slices and put into a large bowl; sprinkle with salt and mix well. Leave the cucumber for 10 minutes to absorb the salt then rinse with cold water. Drain off the excess liquid in a colander. Return the cucumber to the large bowl. Combine the sugar, vinegar, chilli and the two types of ginger together. Add to the cucumber slices and mix well.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the avocado, black beans, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, coriander and the lime zest and juice. Season well.

3. Add a little olive oil to a large ovenproof frying pan. Put 1 tortilla in the pan and spoon one eighth of the mix over half the tortilla. Top with a handful of the Cheddar. Fold the tortillas over and press down with a spatula. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the base turns golden. Flip over and cook for a further couple of minutes.

4. Carefully remove the quesadilla from the pan and keep warm while you cook the remaining three. Serve the quesadillas with the pickled cucumber.

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