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Black Bean, Avocado, and Mango Salad with Cilantro and Lime

Black Bean, Avocado, and Mango Salad with Cilantro and Lime


I am really sick of winter. It has been cold and dreary for too long. I know it is only January and I live in Utah, so I have a few months to go:(  To help lift my spirits, I made this Black Bean, Avocado, and Mango Salad with Cilantro and Lime.

This salad reminds me of summer. I love all of the bright colors and fresh ingredients. I also like how easy it is to make. I used canned black beans, chopped up a tomato and cilantro, diced a mango, avocado, red onion, and sliced a lime. I put all of the toppings on a bed of romaine lettuce. The salad really doesn’t need a dressing-the juicy mango, creamy avocado chunks, and cilantro add plenty of flavor. I just squeezed fresh lime juice over the top for my dressing. If you are a dressing lover and need a little something extra, try Josh’s mango salsa. The salsa goes great with this salad and makes a very healthy dressing.

If you are experiencing the winter blues lime me, try this salad. It will take you to a special summer paradise-at least for one meal.


Black Bean, Avocado, and Mango Salad with Cilantro and Lime


Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 can black beans-low sodium, rinsed and drained
1 tomato, chopped
1 avocado, diced
1 mango, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 limes-squeeze fresh juice over salad


Place the romaine lettuce on a plate. Top the lettuce with black beans, tomato, avocado, mango, red onion, and cilantro. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the lettuce and toppings. Enjoy! It is that easy! If you want to warm up the black beans, you can. I like them hot or cold. If the lime juice isn't enough dressing for you, you can add salsa for a healthy dressing.

If you like this salad, you might also like:

Black Bean Salsa from Two Peas and Their Pod
Black Bean and Sweet Corn Soup with Cilantro and Lime from Two Peas and Their Pod
Huevos Rancheros from Two Peas and Their Pod
Black Bean Confetti Salad from Smitten Kitchen
Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad from Closet Cooking
Black Bean, Rice, and Cilantro Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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73 Responses to “Black Bean, Avocado, and Mango Salad with Cilantro and Lime”

  1. Jennifer — January 11, 2010 @ 5:39 am

    This is def a summer inspired salad, but have to say I eat something very similar year round! :) I love the combination of avocado and mango, pairs so well!

  2. Erica — January 11, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    So pretty! Love the mango addition. I miss Summer too! Its been unseasonably cold in SC (I know I know, nothing compared to Utah!!), so I’m looking forward to the warm up thats supposed to happen at the end of the week. How have you been feeling?

  3. Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 11, 2010 @ 5:56 am

    What a beautiful picture! The colors are incredible!!

    I feel you on the winter thing. I’m ready for warmer temps!

  4. bellini valli — January 11, 2010 @ 6:40 am

    This salad will take us to sun-drenched climates….

  5. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — January 11, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    This looks delicious! I will have to keep my eye open for a good sale on mangos. I love Josh’s salsa too, we’ve made it a few times.

  6. kat — January 11, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    That salad totally shines like summer

  7. Elle — January 11, 2010 @ 7:53 am

    What gorgeous colors! Just looking at the photos, I can imagine it’s summertime.

  8. Shannon — January 11, 2010 @ 8:07 am

    great combination of flavors!!

  9. Double Dipped Life — January 11, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    Very simple and sounds so good! Your pictures are amazing btw- your new lightbox is working well!

  10. Sonja @ ActiveFoodie — January 11, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    I am obsessed with mangoes! I just love adding them to salads, adds a perfect amount of sweetness and beautiful color to any salad. This salad looks delicious!

  11. Chris — January 11, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    Holy moly! This looks fan-flippin-tastic! Stunning picture, Maria! Truly captures the beauty of the salad…

  12. Kalynskitchen — January 11, 2010 @ 8:57 am

    Looks delicious, and the photos really pop, so I’m guessing you must be liking the new lights!

  13. Barabara Bakes — January 11, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    Looks delicious and a great way to get more fruits and veggies in my diet! I’m putting this on the list to make this week.

  14. Rosa — January 11, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    A beautifully healthy salad!



  15. twopeas — January 11, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    Erica-I am feeling much better-thanks!

    Katie-I am glad you like Josh’s salsa. It is the best:)

    Kalyn-Yes, I am loving my new lights. It is nice to have them when I am shooting food photos at night.

  16. sugarlens — January 11, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    This salad screams summer! I can’t wait for summer either, although I will settle for spring.

  17. dawn — January 11, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    I LOVE this! Eat this with some toasted pita bread. I am so tired of winter too. :-( I need sun!

  18. Jamie — January 11, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    I was just thinking that what this dreary winter needed was a bright, fresh salad. Yours is beautiful and mouth-watering. Great offering to bring a little summer to us.

  19. Kitchen Monki Dan — January 11, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Fantastic colors! I have a green mango in the fridge that I’ve been wanting to use. just need some cilantro and i’m set. cold begone!

  20. Gaby — January 11, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    ummm amazing. as usual. this looks like perfect lunch food for me :)

  21. food librarian — January 11, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    Just lovely! Such great colors too. Love your pics! – mary

  22. teresa — January 11, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    delicious! i think i just got healthier by looking at the picture, gorgeous!

  23. Esi — January 11, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    Such a pretty salad and I bet it tastes great as well.

  24. Rachel (S[d]OC) — January 11, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

    Love this salad. These are something of my favorite flavor combinations.

    I hate winter too. Winter just seems to bleed in a spring of endless rain around these parts, so it’s not even as if I can look forward to nice weather before the summer gets really hot.

  25. Dana — January 11, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    So much color on such a gray day! This is a great way to beat dreary January.

  26. pigpigscorner — January 11, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    Wow this is beautiful! Such lovely colours. Mango is a great addition!

  27. grace — January 11, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    blacks beans, avocado, cilantro, and lime…these are a few of my favorite things. and what do ya know–they’re put together in a healthy fashion. even better! :)

  28. Katerina — January 11, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    I am sick of winter too! on the weekend I made tzatziki and baba ghanoush. Eat what you wanna eat is how I feek.

  29. Sarah Caron — January 11, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    Wow, that looks heavenly!

  30. Juliana — January 11, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    Wow, what a nice and colorful salad…I absolutely love the combination of flavors in it…very refreshing!

  31. Katrina — January 11, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    I second that first sentence! We’ve had a doozy of a winter here! And now we’re moving back to Utah. Sigh! 😉 It’s a different kind of cold and snow here and not as “fun” as Utah snow!
    And the salad, mmmmmmm!

  32. Teanna — January 11, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    I am also SO SICK of winter! That salad totally lifted my spirits! The colors are so vibrant!

  33. Pam — January 11, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

    A beautiful and tasty salad – I love mango with cilantro and lime.

  34. my spatula — January 11, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

    i’m so ready for summer too! your salad captures it wonderfully!

  35. Julie @ Pickley Pear — January 11, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

    The colors are beautiful! I’ve never bought a mango…seriously! May just have to try it out.

  36. Mags — January 11, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

    That is quite possibly the most beautiful salad I’ve ever seen.

  37. leslie — January 11, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    WOW WOW WOW..this is an AMAZING photo! The colors literally jumped out at me!

  38. Sarah — January 11, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

    Mmm. What a fresh looking salad. Beautiful picture.

  39. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — January 11, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    That looks like a delicious salad… I love all of the beautiful, vibrant colors!

  40. Nancy/n.o.e — January 11, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

    What a pretty salad, and I’m sure delicious as well. It will make a big hit on the TV show! I made a Rick Bayless salad for Christmas Eve that had mango and avocado and it was a wonderfully fresh taste.

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