A colorful southwest-style black bean salad with flavorful orange-lime citrus dressing! Plus it's a great make-ahead dish for packed lunches, picnics, etc. (Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free.)
This colorful black bean salad combines southwest-inspired flavors with bright, fresh citrus.
Sweet orange juice and tangy lime juice come together in a quick and easy dressing.
Plus it's versatile! Enjoy it as a side dish, chip dip, or even a fun and flavorful topper for tacos, burritos, etc.
Add rice or quinoa: You can also mix the salad with a small amount of rice or quinoa to make it an even more satisfying main dish. (Plus the rice/quinoa will soak up any leftover citrus dressing.)
Make it spicy: For a bit of heat, add chili powder or cayenne pepper to taste if desired.
Avocado: Freshly diced avocado is also a great addition right before serving!
This southwest bean salad also makes a great take-along cold lunch.
Simply make ahead of time and store in the fridge in a sealed container until you're ready to go.
Tip: You can eat this dish right after preparing, but the flavors beautifully intensify after it chills in the refrigerator for a little while!
Southwest Black Bean Salad with Citrus Dressing
- 15 oz. can black beans
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 1/3 cup red onion, finely diced
- 2/3 cup fresh cilantro (large stems removed)
- 6 oz. grape/cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup sweet corn (I use canned or frozen)
- Optional: avocado for serving
For the citrus dressing:
- 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (about 1 large orange)
- 2 Tbsp. lime juice (about 1 lime)
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. agave (or other sweetener)
- 1/4 tsp. salt (more/less to taste)
- Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Set aside.
- Finely dice bell pepper, red onion, and tomatoes. Roughly chop cilantro, large stems removed. Place in a large bowl.
- Add black beans (rinsed and drained) and sweet corn (thawed if frozen) to bowl.
- Pour dressing over top and toss to combine.
- Best if chilled 1 hour (or longer) before serving.
- Stir well before serving, as some dressing will settle at the bottom. Top with diced avocado right before serving if desired.
Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)
Sodium: This is omitted as I cannot provide an accurate number. I encourage you to calculate your own to provide a much more precise reading based on the exact ingredients, brands, and amounts you're using.
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