Black Bean Salad Boats

Not sure what the weather is like where you are, but things are starting to warm up here in my neck of the woods, which beckons for lighter fare, and brings about a strong hankering for fresh fruits and salads. It would be nice if I would crave that year round, huh? These Black Bean Salad Boats (for a lack of a better term) sure do meet the need for a crunchy snack, appetizer or light lunch. The ingredients are basic and adjustable to your liking, and it’s quick prep.

The bean salad can be made a day ahead.

Romaine hearts make the “boats.”

Simple stuff.

The “boats” can be filled a little prior to serving and will stay crisp. Sturdy romaine hearts hold up well.

A little basic chopping and mixing and you’ve got a dish packed with healthy protein and fiber, among other essential nutrients. Black bean are excellent for healthy goodness.


Black Bean Salad Boats
Prep time
Total time
Serves: Makes about 4 servings.
  • 15 oz. can black beans, drained (I prefer Bush’s Beans.)
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons red/purple onion, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 4 pieces bacon, cooked, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Mix ingredients for bean salad together.
  2. Fill romaine heart “boats” with bean salad.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.



(I have an ongoing relationship with Bush’s Beans, but they did not compensate me for this post.)

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  1. 1


    Sounds delicious, Amy! I am also craving fresh fruits and vegetables. I can’t wait until our CSA gets going!

  2. 5

    The Texas Peach says

    These look really tasty! I love black beans, so I will definitely be making these! Perfect dish for summertime!

  3. 8

    Wenderly says

    What a fantastic idea! They sound un-BEAN-evable! (sorry, I just couldn’t resist!)

  4. 9


    Reminds me a bit of my version of cowboy caviar. I have no idea who made up that name, but the ingredients are similar. We struggle to not eat it by the spoon full and yours looks fabulous! Love the lettuce idea.

  5. 10

    Georgia Pellegrini says

    I like this idea, very clever! The weather here is still making up its mind… : )

  6. 16

    Aggie says

    Oh yes, this is good. I’m craving the crunch of that boat. Need to do lettuce “wraps” “boats””whatever” more often for some free dinner calories! :)

  7. 19


    Yum! I have all the ingredients to make these tonight! Thanks for sharing!

    Just a quick blog question: Is the format you’re using for the recipe to address the recent google SEO changes? I don’t remember your recipes looking like that before. I like how simple & straight-forward it is.

    Have a great weekend :)

  8. 20

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective says

    Amy, this sounds light and delicious. We’ve been using black bean A LOT lately.

  9. 21

    Jennifer (Savor) says

    I enjoyed a watermelon and avocado salad this past weekend and was impressed by the combo. The ‘boasts’ are a great addition Amy.

  10. 26


    Amy, these are so darn inventive. Bacon and black beans are such a great flavor combination. I’d love for you to share this in our Get Grillin’ and summer bbq event (it’s appetizer week).

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