Easy Black Bean Salad Recipe

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Southwestern Black Bean Salad

This South Western BLACK BEAN SALAD is a perfectly delicious recipe for Summer Picnics or Potlucks. The use of fresh ingredients & few spices makes this recipe so quick & easy. Although I have cooked Black Beans in Instant Pot, you can cook these on gas top or use canned beans.

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South Western Black Bean Salad
Easy Summer Picnic Salad

Delicious Black Bean Salad – GF, Vegan & Oil-free

This is our favorite summer salad. We probably make it almost every week during summer. It is perfect to entertain a large crowd and even to feed the family for a light lunch.

Pittsburgh offers the best summer days. You can find folks outside through out the summer enjoying the weather. And the best part is SUMMER PICNICS & GRILL OUTS. We have so many potlucks and get togethers during the summer, it is just amazing.

Needless to say that I take this BLACK BEAN SALAD to many picnics and potlucks. It is my Go-to-salad recipe that is super easy & quick to fix. The best part is that you can easily personalize it.

This Mexican Black Bean Salad Recipe is healthy and yummy.

This salad is ~

  • GLUTEN-FREE
  • VEGAN
  • OIL-FREE
  • WEIGHT-WATCHERS FRIENDLY
  • DIABETES FRIENDLY

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What are Black Bean Salad Ingredients?

  • Black Beans Dry – I soak these overnight and then cook in instant pot. You can cook on gas top or use canned & drained canned beans.
  • Corn Kernels – I use frozen & thawed. You can use canned or fresh.
  • Onion – I use Red Onions. You can use white, yellow or Green Onions.
  • Tomatoes – I use Cherry Tomatoes. You can use whatever is handy. Just cut into 1 inch pieces.
  • Avocado – skip it if you do not like it. But this adds so much more texture to the salad.
  • Cilantro – This is must add herb to this salad. If you do not like cilantro, then parsley will work.
  • Lime Juice – This is the acid that brings the whole salad together. Do not go skimpy on this.
  • Jalapeno – You can use either fresh or pickled jalapenos in this recipe. Or skip to avoid the heat.
  • SPICESSalt, Paprika & Cumin powder

Recipe Kitchen Tools

Instant Pot 

Inner Pot

Kitchen Colander

Mixing Bowl

Chopping board and Knife

Measuring Cups & Spoon

Salad Tongs

Strainer

Lime Juicer

 

How to cook black bean in instant pot?
Instant Pot Black Beans

How to cook Black Beans in Instant Pot?

Cooking Black Beans in Instant Pot is super easy.

  • First of all wash 1 cup of dry black beans in running water in Strainer for few times. Then soak them in 3 cups of water over-night. (If you do not have time to soak the beans over night then the time will increase).
  • Drain the beans and add to the Inner Pot of the Instant Pot  with 1 tsp salt & 2 cups of water.
  • Now PRESSURE COOK on HIGH for 15 minutes and then follow NPR. This will yield soft black beans. In case you want the beans with some bite, then pressure cook for 12 minutes and follow NPR.
  • Drain any excess water/liquid to use for salads. You can use this liquid in other soups & stews. Do not throw it.
  • Your INSTANT POT BLACK BEANS are ready to be used in this SOUTH WESTERN SALAD.

How to make South West Black Bean Salad Recipe?

Making this South West Black Bean Salad is super easy like 1-2-3.

Wash the vegetables in Kitchen Colander and then Chop into small pieces. Take a large Mixing Bowl. Add cooked black beans, corn kernels, chopped onions & tomatoes, cilantro leaves, jalapenos, avocado, salt, paprika, cumin powder & Lime Juice. 

Mix all the ingredients gently using Salad Tongs.

The BLACK BEAN SALAD is Ready.

For best results, refrigerate it for few hours before serving.

Serve it along side of Nacho Chips.

Or Spread it over a layer of chips and then top with a layer of melting cheese. Microwave for 2 minutes till the cheese melts. Serve it warm.

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Can I substitute the Freshly Cooked Black Beans with the Canned Black Beans?

Yes you can. This is the beauty of Black Bean Salad. You can either use freshly cooked Black Beans or Canned Black Beans.

How do I use Canned Black Beans in this recipe?

When using canned black beans in this recipe, make sure that you drain the black beans and then wash under running water. And then use these in the salad.

What other kind of BEANS can I use in this recipe if I do not like Black Beans? 

If you do not like Black Beans, then you can use cooked Pinto Beans, Red Kidney Beans, or a combination of both.

What kind of corn can I use?

You can use frozen, or canned or fresh corn kernels in this recipe. 

  • If you use frozen corn,  then thaw it completely before adding.
  • To use canned corn for this recipe, drain it & then use it. 
  • When using fresh corn kernels, blanch these lightly in the hot water. Drain & use.

How can I personalize this Salad?

You can easily personalize it by –

  • Choosing and adding any vegetable to this SUMMER BEAN SALAD.
  • Many folks do not like Corn in the salad, you can easily skip these.
  • If you do not like heat in this Summer salad, then skip the jalapenoes.
  • Or you can add Grilled Corn to it.
  • Crunchy Bell Peppers pair well in the recipe.
  • If you do not want to add the spices separately, then add 1-2 tbsp TACO SEASONING to it.

What can you pair this Black Bean Salad with?

  • This Bean Salad is a complete meal in itself. It works well as a complete light meal packed with protein and fiber & has great complex carbs.
  • You can serve it as a meal or a dip along with Nacho Chips.
  • Or stuff in a Tortilla and grill with some cheese in it to make Quesadillas. 
  • You can stuff your STREET TACOS with it too.

Is this Black Bean Salad Healthy?

Yes this is a HEALTHY BEAN SALAD.

  • Black Bean Salad is Vegan, and Gluten-free
  • This Bean Salad is packed with protein, complex carbs and fiber
  • The Summer Salad is Oil-free.
  • Skip the corn kernels, then it is Diabetes friendly Salad & weight watchers friendly Salad too.
  • It is Heart Healthy & Filling as well.

Can I make this South Western Black Bean Salad ahead of time?

Yes absolutely you can. Just do not add avocado in the salad ahead of time or it will brown. Add avocado before serving and mix well.

Can I double the recipe?

The Black Bean Salad can easily be doubled. Double the quantities of all the ingredients. You can triple it too. 

How do I store the leftovers?

Leftovers can easily be stored in refrigerator in an air tight container.

How long does the bean salad last in fridge?

Black bean salad will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 8 hours. If you’d like to store the salad for a longer period of time, I would recommend omitting the avocado, as it will start to brown in the salad. Without the avocado, this salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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How to make BLACK BEAN SALAD?

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Easy Black Beans Salad Recipe

This black bean salad is so easy & quick to make. It's healthy, vegan, gluten free, oil free & weight watchers friendly. Great for summer picnics, get togethers, potlucks & light meals.
Course Appetizer / Light Meal, Salad, Side
Cuisine American
Keyword Black Bean Salad Recipe, Instant Pot Black Beans, Summer Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 107kcal
Author simplyvegetarian777

Equipment

  • Measuring Spoons, Measuring Cups, Stirring Spoon,
  • Chopping board and knife
  • Instant Pot 6 quart or Mealthy Multipot
  • Inner Pot
  • Kitchen Colander
  • mixing bowl
  • Salad Tongs
  • Lemon Juicer
  • Strainer

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Black Beans, dry see notes
  • 1/2 cup Corn Kernels, frozen & thawed see notes
  • 1/2 cup Red onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Tomatoes, cherry finely chopped. see notes
  • 1 large Avocado cut into 1 inch cubes, de-seeded
  • 1 small Jalapeno chopped & seed removed. Can use 1 tbsp canned chopped jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro finely chopped
  • 1&1/2 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp Cumin powder or to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp Paprika or to taste
  • 1 large Lime juiced about 2 tbsp or to taste

Instructions

Please read the Recipe first before starting.

    ALWAYS read the notes at the bottom for tips, suggestions, substitutes & storage.

      How to cook Black Beans in Instant Pot?

      • First of all wash 1 cup of Black Beans Dry in running water in Strainer for few times. Then soak them in 3 cups of water over-night. (If you do not have time to soak the beans over night then the time will increase). Drain the beans and add to the Inner Pot of the Instant Pot  with 1 tsp salt & 2 cups of water.
      • Now PRESSURE COOK on HIGH for 15 minutes and then follow NPR. This will yield soft black beans. In case you want the beans with some bite, then pressure cook for 12 minutes and follow NPR.
      • Drain any excess water/liquid to use for salads. You can use this liquid in other soups & stews. Do not throw it.
      • Your INSTANT POT BLACK BEANS are ready to be used in this SOUTH WESTERN SALAD.

      How to make South West Black Bean Salad Recipe?

      • Making this South West Black Bean Salad is super easy like 1-2-3.
      • Wash the vegetables in Kitchen Colander and then Chop into small pieces. Take a large Mixing Bowl. Add cooked black beans, corn kernels, chopped onions & tomatoes, cilantro leaves, jalapenos, avocado, Salt, Paprika & Cumin powder & Lime Juice. 
      • Mix all the ingredients gently using Salad Tongs.
      • The BLACK BEAN SALAD is Ready. For best results, refrigerate it for few hours before serving.

      Serving Suggestion

      • Serve it along side of Nacho Chips.
      • Or Spread it over a layer of chips and then top with a layer of melting cheese. Microwave for 2 minutes till the cheese melts. Serve it warm as LOADED NACHOS.

      Notes

      You can follow us on FacebookInstagramPinterest & Twitter & You-tube for regular updates. And don’t forget to sign up for our E-Letter whenever we publish a new post.
      Check out our AIR FRYER RECIPES.

      Can I substitute the Freshly Cooked Black Beans with the Canned Black Beans?

      Yes you can. This is the beauty of Black Bean Salad. You can either use freshly cooked Black Beans or Canned Black Beans.

      How do I use Canned Black Beans in this recipe?

      When using canned black beans in this recipe, make sure that you drain the black beans and then wash under running water. And then use these in the salad.

      What other kind of BEANS can I use in this recipe if I do not like Black Beans? 

      If you do not like Black Beans, then you can use cooked Pinto Beans, Red Kidney Beans, or a combination of both.

      What kind of corn can I use?

      You can use frozen, or canned or fresh corn kernels in this recipe. 
      • If you use frozen corn,  then thaw it completely before adding.
      • To use canned corn for this recipe, drain it & then use it. 
      • When using fresh corn kernels, blanch these lightly in the hot water. Drain & use.

      How can I personalize this Bean Salad?

      You can easily personalize it by -
      • Choosing and adding any vegetable to this SUMMER BEAN SALAD.
      • Many folks do not like Corn in the salad, you can easily skip these.
      • If you do not like heat in this Summer salad, then skip the jalapenoes.
      • Or you can add Grilled Corn to it.
      • Crunchy Bell Peppers pair well in the recipe.
      • If you do not want to add the spices separately, then add 1-2 tbsp TACO SEASONING to it.

      What can you pair this Black Bean Salad with?

      • This Bean Salad is a complete meal in itself. It works well as a complete light meal packed with protein and fiber & has great complex carbs.
      • You can serve it as a meal or a dip along with Nacho Chips.
      • Or stuff in a Tortilla and grill with some cheese in it to make Quesadillas. 
      • You can stuff your STREET TACOS with it too.

      Is this Black Bean Salad Healthy?

      Yes this is a HEALTHY BEAN SALAD.
      • Black Bean Salad is Vegan, and Gluten-free
      • This Bean Salad is packed with protein, complex carbs and fiber
      • The Summer Salad is Oil-free.
      • Skip the corn kernels, then it is Diabetes friendly Salad & weight watchers friendly Salad too.
      • It is Heart Healthy & Filling as well.

      Can I make this South Western Black Bean Salad ahead of time?

      Yes absolutely you can. Just do not add avocado in the salad ahead of time or it will brown. Add avocado before serving and mix well.

      Can I double the recipe?

      The Black Bean Salad can easily be doubled. Double the quantities of all the ingredients. You can triple it too. 

      How do I store the leftovers?

      Leftovers can easily be stored in refrigerator in an air tight container.

      How long does the bean salad last in fridge?

      Black bean salad will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 8 hours. If you'd like to store the salad for a longer period of time, I would recommend omitting the avocado, as it will start to brown in the salad. Without the avocado, this salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

      Recipe Kitchen Tools

      Instant Pot 
      Inner Pot
      Kitchen Colander
      Mixing Bowl
      Chopping board and Knife
      Measuring Cups & Spoon
      Salad Tongs
      Strainer
      Lime Juicer

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1person | Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 353IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg

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      Thanks,

      Sonal

       

       

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