Healthy Black Bean Salad

Our healthy black bean salad is full of all the Mexican flavors you love – black beans, cilantro, lime & avocado. And even better, it’s easy to make too! Have it for a healthy lunch, dinner side or an entire protein-rich meatless meal.

Black Bean Salad | 2CookinMamas A protein-rich salad with a decidedly Mexican twist. Great meatless dinner or serve as a side.

Southwest Black Bean Salad

Once a week my husband and I like to have a meatless meal for a nice change of pace (and it’s healthy too). Black beans are an excellent source of protein, with 1 cup supplying about 30% of your daily protein requirement, so they are one of our go-to options. Their nutrition value doesn’t end there either. Black beans contain high percentages of iron, folate as well as fiber, and provide health benefits to the colon and digestive tract. So, how can you go wrong?!

Overhead of bean salad garnished with lime and cilantro.

Studies show that you should be eating at least 3 cups of legumes a week for optimal health and this dish goes a long way in helping you reach those goals.

Salad closeup of black beans, bell peppers, cilantro and topped with avocado.

Black Bean Salad with Avocado

Now I know you’re thinking, black beans, I can take them or leave them, but wait! What if I tell you it’s like Mexico in a bowl.  (I just can’t get enough of Mexican dishes) This oh so yummy salad has all the flavors you love – cilantro, lime juice, cayenne to add a zip, and avocado to add in some healthy fats. Not to mention tomatoes, peppers and corn. I’m telling you, you’ve got to try this amazing salad, maybe even tonight! It is just over the top delicious!

Black Bean Salad plated with quesadillas.

By the way, this also makes an excellent side dish for fish tacos, carne asada, quesadillas or even replacing the topping on our Chicken with Avocado Salsa. Hope you enjoy!

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Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Our black bean salad is full of all the Mexican flavors you love, cilantro, lime & avocado, & it's easy to make too. Serve as a meatless meal or side dish.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keywords: black bean salad with avocado, healthy black bean salad, swouthwest black bean salad
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 287 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 15.25 oz can sweet organic corn, drained (of which you use about 3/4 can)
  • 1 orange, yellow or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped + additional for garnish
  • 1 Haas avocado, chopped
  1. Mix all of the above ingredients together, except avocado, and place in refrigerator for flavors to mix for about 6 hours.
  2. To serve: Prepare avocado and gently mix into salad. Let sit for an hour at room temperature, garnish with additional cilantro, and serve.
Recipe Notes

Total time does not include marinating time. By rinsing or soaking the beans you can reduce the flatulence-related substances by as much as 33%. Adapted from Once Upon A Chef

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 665mg28%
Potassium 586mg17%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 904IU18%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Healthy Black Bean Salad

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