Easy Black Bean Salad


I’m usually too tired to want to cook at night; during the Summer I have the lovely excuse of not wanting to turn on a stove or a grill because it’s already too hot. That’s why I love bean salad recipes: You never have to cook them and they’re easy to throw together.

It’s really easy to make a big pot of rice and a bunch of bean salad and keep it for yourself to eat throughout the week. Most of the ingredients I used were canned, which is also a plus since I almost always keep them on hand. I’m not a big cilantro fan so I leave strong herbs like that out usually, but you could just as easily add them in. This would be best with a big plop of firecracker guacamole on top.


I left the onions out because I’m not a fan of the strong flavor. One way to get rid of the intense bitterness is to soak it in cold water for 5 minutes before dicing it.

Easy Black Bean Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 2 servings):

  • 1 1/4 cups black beans
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/3 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup sliced olives
  • 1/2 red onion, diced(optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro(optional)



  1. Take all of the ingredients and toss together until the salad is evenly mixed.
  2. Serve with rice, tortillas, or over a bed of greens.


So simple and delicious. It feels like eating at chipotle only without the drive. What could be better than that?

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4 Responses to Easy Black Bean Salad
  1. Nicole, RD
    April 11, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Wow! That Carrot Cake you were talking about looks aaaamazing! But there’s something about black beans and red onion that’s ALMOST just as good 😉

  2. Christine (The Raw Project)
    April 12, 2012 | 12:50 am

    This looks wonderful and simple!

  3. Amber K
    April 12, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    I love simple dinners, especially as the weather gets warmer.

  4. Yvonne
    April 13, 2012 | 8:39 pm

    I jumped up and made this immediately as a side with the burgers already grilling, and it’s wonderful, thank you! I added some julienned orange pepper and no other changes. YUM!