This black bean salad is a colorful and refreshing blend of beans, corn, peppers, herbs and avocado, all tossed in a zesty lime dressing. A quick and easy salad that pairs well with grilled meats, and makes for a perfect light lunch or side dish.

When I’m looking for a simple salad to bring to a potluck or serve with dinner, I turn to salad recipes such as cucumber and tomato salad, caprese salad and this protein packed black bean salad.

A bowl of black bean salad with a serving spoon in it.

You can never go wrong with a hearty bean salad. They’re colorful, easy to make, and always a big hit. I like to pair this black bean salad with seared scallops, Spanish chicken or sirloin steak for a memorable dinner.

Salad Ingredients

Bowls of black beans, vegetables and cilantro.

The base of this salad contains beans and vegetables including bell pepper, avocado corn, tomatoes, onions and jalapeno. The dressing is a combination of lime juice, olive oil, spices and a touch of honey.

Bowls of salad dressing ingredients including olive oil, lime juice and spices.

How Do You Make Black Bean Salad?

This recipe starts with canned black beans, which are combined with tomatoes, jalapenos, bell peppers, red onion, cilantro, corn and avocado. Whisk together olive oil, lime juice and spices to make the dressing. Pour the dressing over the bean mixture and toss gently to combine. Serve and enjoy!

Step by step shots showing how to make black bean salad.

Tips For The Perfect Salad

  • Be sure to drain and rinse your beans to remove any excess sodium.
  • I typically use frozen thawed corn kernels, but you could use canned corn or even fresh corn on the cob.
  • Not a fan of cilantro? Use sliced green onions instead.
  • This recipe calls for removing the ribs and seeds from the jalapeno, which results in a mild salad with very little heat. If you prefer a spicier salad, leave some of the ribs and seeds in the peppers.
  • I like to use orange bell pepper for added color, but you can use red or yellow pepper if you prefer.

Quick Tip

This salad can be made up to 8 hours before you plan to serve it. Store it in the fridge in an airtight container. If you’re making this dish in advance, omit the avocado, and stir it in right before serving.

Dressing being poured over a vegetable and bean salad.

Recipe FAQs

How long does black bean salad last?

Black bean salad will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 8 hours. If you’d like to store the salad for a longer period of time, I would recommend omitting the avocado, as it will start to brown in the salad. Without the avocado, this salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Are black beans healthy?

Black beans are relatively low calorie, and are packed with protein and fiber. They contain a variety of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc. This salad is a great choice for a healthier diet considering it consist primarily of nutritious foods including beans and vegetables.

Are black beans served cold?

The great thing about black beans is that they’re delicious when served, hot, cold and at room temperature. This salad uses cold or room temperature beans.

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A serving spoon full of black bean salad.

Black Bean Salad Variations

I love to make this recipe as written, but you can absolutely add other ingredients to the mix to customize the flavors to your tastes.

  • Protein: Stir in some diced grilled chicken or small cooked shrimp to turn this salad into a main course.
  • Vegetables: Feel free to add other vegetables to the mix such as shredded lettuce, diced cucumber, roasted green chiles or grilled zucchini.
  • Cheese: I love to add a sprinkling of cheese such as crumbled cotija or cubed pepper jack.

I make this gluten-free salad regularly – it makes for a satisfying lunch that I can feel good about eating!

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Black Bean Salad

AuthorSara Welch
A bowl of black bean salad with a serving spoon in it.
This black bean salad is a colorful and refreshing blend of beans, corn, peppers, herbs and avocado, all tossed in a zesty lime dressing. A quick and easy salad that pairs well with grilled meats, and makes for a perfect light lunch.
Time
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time21 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

For the salad

  • 2 cans black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 jalapeno remove seeds and ribs, then mince finely
  • 1 cup corn kernels can be fresh, canned or thawed from frozen
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 3/4 cup orange bell pepper seeded and finely diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion finely diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves chopped

For the dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

For the salad

  • Place the beans, tomatoes, jalapeno, corn, avocado, bell pepper, onion and cilantro in a large bowl. 

For the dressing

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, honey, chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the bean mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Make ahead instructions: Assemble according to instructions, except omit the avocado. Refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Add the avocado right before serving.
  2. This recipe calls for removing the ribs and seeds from the jalapeno, which results in a mild salad with very little heat. If you prefer a spicier salad, leave some of the ribs and seeds in the peppers.

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is so delicious! We sometimes add a fresh mango (diced) to this and it takes it to the next level!

  2. 5 stars
    I love black beans, but have never had them in a salad! Can’t wait to try this out, love a good salad.

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! This is my new go-to black bean salad recipe. A healthy side dish for our family dinners and the dressing has just the right amount of spices. I like to make a little extra and have for my lunch the next day.

  4. 5 stars
    A staple in my friend’s house. I need to make it asap and surprise them – they will truly appreciate it. Thank you!