Black Bean Salad Boats Recipe

These easy Black Bean Salad Boats are a healthy appetizer, snack or side dish.

Black Bean Salad Boats Recipe

When it’s hot out  (and boy is it hot out) I crave lighter fare, like fresh fruits and salads. If only I would crave that year round, right? These Black Bean Salad Boats sure do answer that craving with a tasty crunchy dish that is perfect for a snack, appetizer or light lunch. The ingredients are basic and adjustable to your liking, and the preparation is quick! 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 with Avocado and Tomato Recipe

Begin by making a delicious and easy Black Bean Salad with black beans, diced tomato, diced avocado, red onion, cilantro, bacon, mayonnaise, lime juice and a bit of salt and pepper. The black bean salad can be made a day ahead and refrigerated until ready to fill the “boats.” Crunchy Romaine hearts make the edible “boats.” Not only are they a crunchy compliment to the bean salad but they are sturdy enough to hold the passengers. So simple! The “boats” can be filled about an hour or so before ready to serve and will stay crisp if refrigerated.

What a great appetizer or light lunch idea for a party or get-together, or load up a pretty platter with these Black Bean Salad Boats for the perfect poolside snack. So easy, healthy and tasty!

Black Bean Salad Boats Recipe

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Black Bean Salad Boats
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A delicious black bean salad with avocado and tomato fills lettuce boats for a crunchy and tasty appetizer or light meal.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: Makes about 4 servings.
  • 15 oz. can black beans, drained
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons red/purple onion, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 pieces bacon, cooked, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • fresh 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.

Originally posted April 29, 2011. Updated August 13, 2015.

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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… : )

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    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! :)

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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