Easy Black Bean Salad

One of my favorite recipes to make during the summertime is this Easy Black Bean Salad. I love it because it’s vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Easy Black Bean Salad can be made in less than 15 minutes – as a great appetizer or side dish to any meal.


Easy Black Bean Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 15 Minutes

Servings: 4-6


  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

  • 1 cup chopped (red/yellow/or orange) bell pepper

  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion

  • 1 cup corn (1 large ear of sweet corn or 1 cup defrosted frozen corn) / or 1 cup of chopped apple or pear (as an alternative)

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

  • juice of 1 1/2 limes

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (if you wish)

  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 large avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped


  1. In a large bowl, combine black beans, corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, salt, chili powder, and cumin. Stir to combine. Gently stir in the avocado and season with additional salt, if necessary.

  2. Serve – as a salad or dip with tortilla chips!

Note: this salad can be made in advance, up to 1 day, just wait to stir in the avocado until serving time.

Easy Black Bean Salad variation: you can add to your healthy salad black beans combined with chickpeas (50:50), instead of (just) black beans.


Easy & Healthy Black Bean Salad Recipe

  • Make sure you rinse and drain the black beans before you get started. You don’t want the liquid in the can in your salad.

  • I love using fresh sweet corn in the salad during the summertime.

  • I use cherry tomatoes and cut them in half, but, you can also use a large tomato and chop it – both work great!

  • Red (yellow/or orange) bell peppers can be used in this black bean salad. They all add great color and flavor.

  • Fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro (or parsley, alternatively) really boost the flavor in this salad.

  • Stir in the avocado right before serving.

  • You can prepare the salad in advance and store it in the fridge for hours, even a day before serving if you wish. Just wait to stir in the avocado right before.

  • Season with salt to bring out all of the flavors!

Enjoy your colorful, fresh, and super healthy salad!

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