Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers and Avocado in a Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette

Once Upon A ChefReviews(28)
Karen: "Awesome and healthy. Good salad!" Read More


  • 30 ounces black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 3 ears cooked corn (fresh, kernels cut off the cob)
  • 2 red bell peppers (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons shallots (minced, from one medium shallot)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 9 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (best quality such as Colavita)
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest (be sure to zest limes before juicing them)
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (plus more for garnish)
  • 2 hass avocados (chopped)
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NutritionView more



Calories390Calories from Fat230
Total Fat26g40%
Saturated Fat3.5g18%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat230
Total Carbohydrate33g11%
Dietary Fiber13g52%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Karen 20 days ago
Awesome and healthy. Good salad!
Lilly C. 17 Jul
This is my favorite thing to make for a quick and easy dish! I've made it for Superbowls, parties, or just for me and my family. Super easy to make, and its delicious! (I usually substitute one bell pepper for 2 tomatoes and its still really good)
tina s. 12 Jul
very good,loved it and i will make it again
This was delicious! I didn’t use as much olive oil as it called for and it was still amazing. It was a big hit with my daughter who requested it for her birthday cookout. I will make it again for sure.
Theresa 3 Jul
I don’t measure anything so I can’t speak to the precise amounts but the flavors are great and the cayenne give it just a nice amount of kick
Great recipe, easy to make and tastes delicious.
Temple 28 May
Versatile and delicious! I added a mango to change it up and it was fantastic with salty tortilla chips
Dominique 16 May
delicious! I added parsley, honey and red wine vinegar
Kelly M. 5 May
It was easy to make. Very delicious make it all the time
patti f. 14 Apr
Excellent make ahead salad
made it for work and my boss l0v3d it
I used it with chips so tasty!
kim v. 25 Jan
Loved the recipe! Added hot peppers instead of cayenne. I've already made it twice!
lana 4 Jan
Yumbo! I went 4x on ingredients...glad of it because everyone wanted to take some home. Used honey instead of sugar, frozen corn instead of fresh (this time:)...otherwise followed the recipe exact. Will definitely be making it again!
Seana 8 Dec 2017
I love this recipe! I like to double up the dressing because it gets absorbed easily by all of the veggies. I also added more cilantro than what the recipe called for.
Kimberly 9 Nov 2017
We liked it. I added more cilantro and left out the tomatoes because my husband’s stomach can’t handle too many tomatoes. I put less cayenne pepper, but it wasn’t hot at all. I could’ve added the required amount of cayenne and I think it would’ve been fine.
Mary H. 11 Sep 2017
Delicious. Will make again.
carolyn partanio 13 Aug 2017
It's really good! I made it for a picnic!
Jeff 21 Jul 2017
This was really good. I did reduce the amount of oil to only 4 tbsp and cut the sugar and salt in half and it was really good. I love limes so this was sure to be a winner. I'll definitely make this again.
Monica W. 9 Jul 2017
Delish! Definitely a repeat!
Jennie . 7 Jul 2017
Loved this fresh and flavorful recipe! Fresh corn is a must I think- it really stood out.
Katherine A. 1 Jul 2017
So good! I didn't have challets, corn ot cilantro and it still tasted amazing!
Kelli Owens 4 Jan 2017
Really delicious and couldn't be easier. I used frozen corn instead of fresh but it was still great. Perfect side to go with tacos or tamales. I will definitely be making it again.
Katie M. 24 Oct 2016
Fresh and delicious! I omitted the sugar and added less olive oil than the recipe calls for. This is now a staple at our house!
Sakena W. 22 Mar 2016
This turned out really well! But I cut the sugar in half (1tbsp). I need a zester in my life, so I wasn't able to produce much lime zest. The flavors marry wonderfully overnight, but if you have to serve it right away, it still tastes delicious! I also tried it over romaine, as a nice salad topping with a dullop of guacamole.
Chris H. 20 Mar 2016
Great dish. Flavors work perfectly. I use frozen sweet corn and with the black beans and dressing all works great. Sometimes I include some extra limes in the dressing to make it more intense
Daniel K. 5 Mar 2016
Awesome dish for however you consume! Agree on letting it marinade in the fridge, kept getting better over time.
Peter S. 26 Feb 2016
Always a favorite and pretty quick to put together. It's best if you take care of it before starting in on the rest of the meal so it can marinade for a couple hours in the frig.