November 24, 2020

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Mexican Salad

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Mexican Salad

This Mexican salad with cilantro lime dressing makes a great side for BBQs and it’s also perfect for lunch. The recipe couldn’t be much easier and it’s packed with nutrients. Easy, healthy, and delicious at the same time! 

a white bowl with Mexican salad with corn and black beans on a marble countertop with limes and cilantro in the background

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know that I love Mexican flavors. But who doesn’t, right? I’ve been making this easy Mexican salad for years and it’s one of my favorite summer salads.

So it’s definitely time to share it on the blog with you guys! I’ve used the same dressing I used for my Southwestern pasta salad

It’s an easy combination of fresh lime juice, olive oil, ground cilantro, paprika powder, and a splash of maple syrup. Easy and delicious! 

What You Need For The Mexican Salad: 

  • canned black beans
  • corn
  • cherry tomatoes 
  • bell pepper (I used a red and a yellow one) 
  • an avocado 
  • a red onion
  • fresh lime juice 
  • olive oil 
  • ground cumin 
  • paprika powder
  • white wine vinegar
  • maple syrup 
  • garlic 
  • salt and pepper 

As always, you can find the full ingredient list in a separate, printable recipe box at the end of this post. 

close-up photo of Mexican salad with black beans and corn

close-up photo of Mexican salad with black beans and corn

How To Make This Salad: 

1. STEP: Rinse and drain the black beans and the corn. Cut the cherry tomatoes into halves and the avocado and the bell pepper into medium-sized pieces. Finely chop the cilantro. Chop the red onion. 

2. STEP: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. 

a blue and white bowl with lime cilantro dressing and a spoon on a marble countertop with two limes on the side

a blue and white bowl with lime cilantro dressing and a spoon on a marble countertop with two limes on the side

3. STEP: Make the dressing: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until combined. 

4. STEP: Pour the dressing over the vegetables and beans and stir well. Enjoy! 

Ways to Serve This Salad 

This salad…

  • is great with nachos.
  • makes a quick and healthy lunch. 
  • is a wonderful side to burgers or other grilled food. 
  • makes the perfect addition to Mexican entrées like burritos or tacos. 
  • is perfect for potlucks and picnics. 

Recipe Notes: 

  • I usually use frozen or canned corn for my salad because it’s super quick. But it’s even better with fresh corn if it’s available! 
  • I like using red onion because it adds some nice color to the salad. But it works just as well with a white onion. Or you could also use green onions if you want. 
  • Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, this salad will last up to 3 days if you don’t add the avocado right away. Unfortunately, the avocado will go bad pretty quickly. But don’t worry, if you bring it to a picnic or potluck, there will most likely be no leftovers! 

More Vegan Salad Recipes You Might Like: 

I hope you like this Mexican salad as much as we do around here.

If you give it a try, I’d love to know what you think about it. Just leave me a comment and a star rating below. Your comments really make my day!

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Sina

a white bowl with Mexican salad with corn and black beans on a marble countertop with limes and cilantro in the background

Mexican Salad

This Mexican salad with cilantro lime dressing makes a great side for BBQs and it’s also perfect for lunch. The recipe couldn’t be much easier and it’s packed with nutrients. Easy, healthy, and delicious at the same time! 

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Course: Salad

Cuisine: American, Mexican

Keyword: Mexican salad

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 0 mins

Servings: 4 people

Calories: 320kcal

Author: Sina

Ingredients

For the Mexican Salad:

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 1/2 cups corn (canned or frozen)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
  • 1 cup bell pepper, cut into medium-sized pieces
  • 1 avocado, cut into medium-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped

For the Dressing;

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 splash maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • black pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the black beans and the corn. Cut the cherry tomatoes into halves and the avocado and the bell pepper into medium-sized pieces. Finely chop the cilantro. Chop the red onion. 

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. 

  • Make the dressing: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until combined.

  • Pour the dressing over the vegetables and beans and stir well. Enjoy! 

Notes

  • I usually use frozen or canned corn for my salad because it’s super quick. But it’s even better with fresh corn if it’s available! 
  • I like using red onion because it adds some nice color to the salad. But it works just as well with a white onion. Or you could also use green onions if you want. 
  • Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, this salad will last up to 3 days if you don’t add the avocado right away. Unfortunately, the avocado will go bad pretty quickly. But don’t worry, if you bring it to a picnic or potluck, there will most likely be no leftovers! 

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 873mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1756IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3mg

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