Fiesta Black Bean Salad

Fiesta Black Bean Salad

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This refreshing fiesta salad is a healthy plant based side dish with a light lime dressing.  Perfect as a hearty side dish or light lunch this salad is easy to make, and perfect for any occasion.

 I love making a big batch of this salad and having something quick, easy and healthy to munch on throughout the week.

This salad can be very versatile to accommodate to your taste and dietary needs. While this recipe tastes its best as written, it is also really forgiving. No tomato? no problem. Out of red pepper? Minor flavor loss, but totally deal-able. I absolutely love salads like this – made from pantry ingredients, where a missing ingredient or two doesn’t totally sabotage the dish. I always keep a pantry stocked with canned beans for this kind of salad, and my other favorite pantry salad, chickpea salad.

Ingredients For Fiesta Black Bean Salad

  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honey
  • Lime juice
  • Olive oil

How to make it

  • Start by draining and rinsing the canned black beans and corn then place them in a bowl and gather the rest of your ingredients.
  • Chop up your red pepper, cucumber, tomato, onion, and cilantro and then add everything to the salad bowl.
  • Dress with the lime juice, honey, apple cider and olive oil and season well with salt then give the salad a good mix.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make the Salad Ahead of Time?

Yes. This salad can be made the night before serving and holds up great. It can be served cold or at room temperature, which makes it a great option to bring to barbecues, potlucks and other get together.

What Can I Use Instead of Honey So the Salad is Vegan?

I suggest substituting the honey with maple syrup. If that isn’t an option for you agave would also work.

How Long Will the Salad Keep?

The salad keeps for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. The longer it sits the more liquid will be released from the tomatoes and cucumbers, but it still tastes great.

Can I Make This Salad Spicy?

Add jalapeño to make your salad Spicer. Some are spicy and others are as mild as a bell pepper. Some people find poblano or Anaheim chiles to be mildly spicy, although I’ve never encountered this.

How Can I Make This Keto?

You can make this keto and its very easy to do this. Replace the corn with avocado and replace the black beans with mushrooms or tofu.

Fiesta Black Bean Salad

Recipe by Lucy ChesnaCourse: Sides, SaladsCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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This refreshing fiesta salad is a healthy plant based side dish with a light lime dressing.  Perfect as a hearty side dish or light lunch this salad is easy to make, and perfect for any occasion.


  • Salad
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes

  • 1 1/2 cups diced cucumbers

  • 1 cup fresh or defrosted frozen corn

  • 1 cup diced bell pepper, core and seeds removed

  • 1/2 cup diced red onion

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon honey or no sugar maple syrup

  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  • Drain the black beans and corn, set aside
  • Add all of the ingredients to a large serving bowl. Stir well
  • In a small jar with a lid or a measuring cup, combine the ingredients for the dressing. Shake or whisk together until combined.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and stir everything together. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve the salad immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Nutrition Information: Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Net Carbs: 16 grams

Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories196
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 6g 10%
    • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 299mg 13%
  • Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
    • Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
    • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 8g 16%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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