Southwest Black Bean and Corn Salad

Southwest bean salad with black beans, corn and avocado
Southwest bean salad with black beans, corn and avocado.
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: about 6 servings
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A quick and easy Southwestern-inspired vegetarian and vegan corn and bean salad recipe with black beans, avocados, lime juice and bell peppers dressed in a zippy and zesty and fresh lime and olive oil dressing with a touch of salt and cayenne pepper.

I love bean salads: They're easy to stick in a container and pack in lunch boxes or office bags, they're high in protein and fiber which is great for everyone, and, best of all, they're simple, cheap and easy to prepare, with plenty of options for adding or substituting ingredients without too much trouble. Like it spicier? Add some hot sauce. Hate bell peppers? Use pimentos. Cooking for kids? Omit the cayenne pepper and let them smother it with ketchup. Got a ton of roasted garlic on hand? Great, toss it in! You really can't go wrong with most bean salad recipes, and this one is no exception. 

This Southwestern black bean and corn salad recipe is vegetarian, vegan and also gluten-free. 

Looking for the perfect salad recipe? You'll find it amongst these dozens of salad recipes, including green salads, pasta salads, bean salads and more. 

What You'll Need

  • 2 15 ounce cans black beans, well drained
  • 1 1/2 cups corn kernels (use fresh cooked, frozen or canned, but of course fresh is always best)
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced (optional but delicious!)
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

How to Make It

In a large mixing bowl, combine the drained black beans, corn kernels, diced bell pepper, tomatoes, onion and cilantro and gently toss.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, sea salt and cayenne pepper until well combined (I like to shake it all together in a mason jar rather than whisk it together), then pour this dressing over the beans mixture and gently toss to combine well and coat all of the bean salad ingredients.

 

And finally, gently fold in the diced avocado just until well dispersed. If your avocado is too soft and fragile you can also just place the avocado on top of individual portions. 

If you have some extra time, this black bean salad recipe is best prepared a few hours before servings, so that you can chill it in the refrigerator (for at least an hour) to allow all those great Southwest flavors to mingle and fully develop. 

See also: More vegetarian and vegan bean salad recipes to try.