Black Bean Mexican Salad Recipe

This Black Bean Mexican Salad just hits the spot! It’s a fabulous salad to serve as a main dish for a group.

This Black Bean Mexican Salad just hits the spot! It's a fabulous salad to serve as a main dish for a group.

A few years ago my friend, Cindy, invited a couple of ladies over for lunch. I was happy to hear that she was serving salad, cause Lord knows I need to eat more salad, and less, well … less everything else. I was even happier to find that the salad was more than just any ordinary salad. It was a Black Bean Mexican Salad with black beans, tomatoes, some crunchy, zesty thingadoodles, among other good stuff, then kicked up a notch with a spicy chipotle dressing. I was hooked. Smitten even.

Since then I’ve served it for large groups, spread out as a salad bar so everyone can pick and choose. It’s easy to prepare and so satisfying. No cooking, just some chopping and shredding. Prepped ahead of time and refrigerated, you’ll be able to host a ladies luncheon and enjoy the fellowship too without all that fussing in the kitchen.

 

They’re actually Tortilla Strips, but thingadoodles is so much more fun don’t ya think? Look for them at your local grocer or make a version of your own if you’re up to it. Also, I found an all natural, prepared chipotle salad dressing in the refrigerated produce section at the grocery store, but again, search for recipes online and make your own if you’d rather. The smoky, spicy chipotle dressing really brings it all together.

This Black Bean Mexican Salad just hits the spot! It's a fabulous salad to serve as a main dish for a group.

While grilled chicken would be a great addition, hearty black beans provide such a great source of low fat protein and fiber. Plus you don’t have to cook them, just drain and serve.

So colorful! And tasty too. So what are you waiting for? Let’s have a salad bar party!

Enjoy!

This Black Bean Mexican Salad just hits the spot! It's a fabulous salad to serve as a main dish for a group.

Black Bean Mexican Salad
 
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a Mexican inspired salad with black beans, tomatoes, some crunchy, zesty thingadoodles, among other good stuff, then kicked up a notch with a spicy chipotle dressing.
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Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • Romaine Lettuce (or preferred lettuce), chopped
  • Black Beans, drained
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Corn Kernels or canned corn, drained
  • Cucumber, de-seeded and chopped
  • Monterey Jack Cheese (or mild cheddar), shredded
  • Red or Yellow Pepper, chopped
  • Avocado, diced
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Tortillas Strips
  • Chipotle Salad Dressing
Instructions
  1. Toss all ingredients together and enjoy!
  2. If preparing ahead, remember to cover and refrigerate.

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Comments

  1. 3

    SMITH BITES says

    this is really perfect for the hot weather we’re having right now – cool, crunchy with a little spice!

  2. 4

    Aggie says

    What a fun way to serve salad at a get together. LOVE this salad Amy. It’s my kind of eating!

  3. 6

    Georgia Pellegrini says

    This looks scrumptious. I always prefer salads to sandwiches or anything else most days, they’re so versatile and you can throw the kitchen sink into them.

  4. 10

    says

    That looks scrumptious. I seriously crave most of those ingredients on a daily basis. I see this salad in my immediate future. Thanks!

  5. 11

    says

    I’d be all over that party, Amy. After a particular weekend of heavy eating (camping) Danny and I ate only salads for dinner this week. One of them was a taco salad, but your looks much better! Plus, I’m crazy about avocado, and that was one thing mine was missing.

  6. 13

    Jeanette says

    Amy, I love the idea of just putting out all the salad toppings and letting everyone make their own – and those thingadoodles sound like they make the salad!

  7. 15

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet says

    Perfect for a summer meal! I love making new salads with different toppings.

  8. 16

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective says

    This looks fantastic and so easy–love that! those little tortilla strips are so cute.

  9. 17

    says

    Amy this is the perfect entree salad. Love all those beans & cheese. Makes it nice & filling :) Missed you at evo bunches!

  10. 18

    The Teacher Cooks says

    Why have I not made this before? I love salads and this one looks fabulous with the things in them!

  11. 20

    Sandra says

    Oh, this is definitely going on the menu for this next week! It looks so refreshing and delicious! My family loves anything Mexican or Tex-Mex, so I know they will love this salad! Thanks for sharing!

  12. 23

    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum says

    Those torilla strips look tasty! I’m such a sucker for seasoned tortilla chips on salads!

  13. 24

    Deborah says

    I love this salad too and seeing this makes me miss Cindy even more. She is the best hostess and always fixes such yummy food but her salads were always my favorite.

  14. 26

    June Scott says

    This is a lot like the “pile it on” we do once in a while… we start ours with a “bed” of multi-grain (gluten-free) crackers… then PILE IT ON! yum! so healthy and delicious! Thanks for sharing, Amy – love your blog header!

  15. 28

    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground says

    LOVE the idea of a salad bar for a luncheon! You’re right, super easy. And this salad looks absolutely delicious and beautiful.

  16. 29

    Jenna 2 The Undercover Cook says

    Great salad idea! Love the idea of doing a salad bar when you are serving guests. And I agree, “thingadoodles” is way more fun that “tortilla strips”!

  17. 33

    KimC says

    All the foods we already love in one dish – perfect! I’m blogging this, because my blog is my brain and that’s the only way I stand a chance of actually remembering this recipe long enough to try it!

  18. 34

    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids says

    I am always looking for new salads. This one looks delicious!!

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