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 Recipe

Black Bean Salad Boats Recipe

Black Bean Salad Boats

Yield: Makes about 4 servings.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A delicious black bean salad with avocado and tomato fills lettuce boats for a crunchy and tasty appetizer or light meal.


  • 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 1/2 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.

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