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Mango Black Bean Salad

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Olena Osipov
5 from 30 votes

This Mango Black Bean Salad Recipe combines the sweetness of mango, creaminess of black beans and avocado, fresh crunch of bell peppers, and zesty flavor of tomatoes and lime, for a fresh and healthy sweet and savory salad! Best of all, this easy mango salad recipe is rich in protein and fiber, gluten-free, vegan, and ready in under 15 minutes!

Love the combination of sweet and savory? You’ll probably love this peach salsa or pineapple salsa too!

Mango Black Bean Salad

Hearty, Healthy, High-Protein Mango Black Bean Salad

No matter what the time of year, if there’s one thing I LOVE, it’s a dish that perfectly blends sweet and savory – and is bright, fresh, and full of flavor. That’s this mango black bean salad recipe to a T. Combining mangoes, black beans, tomatoes, red onion, bell pepper, corn, and a simple salad dressing with lime juice and cilantro, perfectly captures fresh Mexican flavors and tastes out of this world!

This definitely wouldn’t be the first time I’ve enjoyed pairing sweet and savory or spicy ingredients either. In fact, I love the combination so much that I have several recipes combining mango and savory elements like this strawberry mango salsa, mango salsa, mango black beans quinoa bowl with chicken, and even a fruity mango slaw.

There’s nearly always a fruit salsa going in my fridge too, to serve alongside dishes like black bean nachos or black bean burger, with chips, and -of course – tacos! This black bean salad recipe is particularly similar to this black bean salsa just sized up. However, you can still enjoy it in many of the same ways as its salsa counterpart.

Surprisingly (or not), I’ve been making this black bean salad for almost 10 years! (it was my third ever recipe posted to the blog – wowzah!). Still going strong- and loving it as much now as I did back then.

Best of all, this mango salad recipe is rich in protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and fiber and contains several of your five-a-day! So much so that it will keep you satisfied for hours. Enjoy it in the summer for a refreshing, light lunch or dinner, or in Winter while you dream of those summer days! Alternatively, make up a large batch for potlucks, BBQs, and parties!

corn, chopped tomato, black beans, mango, red onion, pepper, cilantro in a bowl

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Mango: Use a ripe mango with medium softness. My favorite type is Ataulfo (champagne) mangoes- which are smaller and sweeter than the ‘regular’ Tommy Atkins mango variety.
  • Black Beans: These make up the base of the salad. You can use low sodium canned black beans or soak and cook them from dried (methods linked below). The best canned beans to use will be low-sodium, organic, and in BPA-free cans.
  • Bell Pepper: I prefer to use either red, orange, or yellow bell peppers, which are sweeter. However, you could also use green if that’s what you have.
  • Corn: You can use corn from frozen on fresh. Usually, I’ll use frozen and thaw it under warm water, then drain. However, during summer, I love to make Instant Pot corn, cutting kernels off each ear of corn and adding it to the salad.
  • Tomatoes: You can use one larger tomato or a handful of smaller tomatoes. I like to use grape/cherry tomatoes to make the salad less watery (great for making-ahead). However, you could also use Roma, heirloom, or beefsteak tomatoes.
  • Red Onion: Add a lovely ‘tang’ to the mango black bean salad and juxtaposition against the mango’s sweetness. You could also use/sub for green onion.
  • Avocado: Use one ripe avocado, diced. This adds a lovely creaminess and healthy fats to the salad. If you plan to make this salad in advance, save the avocado until just before serving to avoid it browning too quickly.
  • Herbs and Spices: I use a combination of cilantro, ground cumin, salt, and chili pepper flakes for a variety of savory and spicy flavors. If you’re not a cilantro fan, you could substitute parsley or mint, though this can change the flavor quite dramatically.  
  • Dressing: Use a combination of extra virgin olive oil and fresh lime juice for a simple and flavorful ‘salad dressing.’ Even better, the lime juice pairs wonderfully with the mango. Alternatively, you may like this mango salad recipe served with my delicious avocado cilantro dressing.
  • (Optional) Chili: For a little extra spice, feel free to add in a jalapeño or habanero pepper, finely diced.

If you love the sound of this blend of ingredients, then you’ll love this black bean salsa, which is like a smaller version of this black bean mango salad recipe.

mango black bean ingredients

How to Make the Best Mango Black Bean Salad

  • Prep the black beans: Make sure to drain and rinse canned beans with cold water. You do not want the gooey liquid in a salad. Alternatively, plan to spend the time preparing the beans from dry; soaking, and then cooming them (either on the stove or in an Instant Pot – in just 25 minutes!). Add the prepared beans to a large bowl.
  • Dice the mango: You can use your preferred method for dicing mangoes. For Ataulfo mangoes, which have thin skin, I like to peel the fruit, cut the flesh away from the pit, and chop it. Once diced, add it to the bowl of beans. For other types of mango, see how to cut mango tutorial.
how to chop mango for salad
  • Combine all the ingredients: Add the remaining veggies, oil, lime juice, and seasoning right to the bowl—no need to whisk the dressing separately. Mix gently to combine all the ingredients.

Taste the mango black bean salad and adjust any of the ingredients to your liking. However, note that the flavor will be best when it’s been allowed to ‘marinate’ for several hours in the fridge. That way, all the flavors get to meld together!

If you allow it to marinate, then taste it once more before serving and optionally add a little extra of any of the ingredients at that point (lime juice, salt, etc.)

corn, chopped tomato, black beans, mango, red onion, pepper, cilantro in a bowl

How to Serve?

This refreshing Mexican-style mango black bean salad is best served cold after marinating for several hours in the fridge – though I don’t blame you if you don’t have the patience to wait. Especially as it pairs well with tons of dishes, including:

You could also serve this black bean mango salad alongside this sweet potato breakfast casserole or Mexican casserole. Alternatively, add some cooked quinoa and the protein of your choice to make it a complete meal.

black bean salad recipe with mango, tomatoes, bell pepper, cilantro and lime

How to Make Ahead and Store

To make ahead, refrigerate the mango salad in a large bowl without the avocado, olive oil, lime juice, and salt – covered for up to 24hrs (possibly 2-3 days). Then add the omitted ingredients and stir before serving.

Store: Once fully prepared, this black bean mango salad is best eaten within 24 hours as the ingredients will release juices, and it will become watery, and the veg will lose their crispness. However, the salad is technically fine to eat for several days (3-4).

FAQs and Tips

  • Can you freeze mango black bean salad? I wouldn’t recommend freezing it, as the fresh vegetables (particularly the tomatoes) can change texture when frozen and thawed.
  • If you’re using regular tinned beans: If you’re unable to find low-sodium, then you can use general canned black beans and reduce the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • Always buy mangoes that aren’t too ripe for salads: If they are too soft, they become mush and fall apart within this mango salad recipe. Instead, using medium-hard mangoes that will hold their shape well while still tasting sweet.
  • If you are using large, seedy tomatoes: Feel free to scoop out the seeds. I hate having to spend extra time doing this, though, so it’s not necessary.
  • I love to cook a big batch of black beans: Then I get to send some to the freezer and save some for other favorite black bean recipes like these black bean brownies, black bean quinoa casserole, and Southwest quinoa salad! Delicious, nutritious, and packed with protein!

More Healthy Bean Recipes

If you enjoyed this black bean salad recipe, then you might like some of these other bean-packed recipes!

You may also like to browse through this list of 45 healthy salads!

Mango Black Bean Salad

Mango Black Bean Salad {Only 15 Minutes}

This Mango Black Bean Salad Recipe combines the sweetness of mango, creaminess of black beans and avocado, fresh crunch of bell peppers, and zesty flavor of tomatoes and lime, for a fresh and healthy sweet and savory black bean salad!
4.97 from 30 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 2 medium or 3 Ataulfo mango chopped
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup corn cooked or frozen (thawed)
  • 15 – 19 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp red onion minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 lime juice of
  • 2 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • red chili pepper flakes to taste

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add mango, tomato, bell pepper, corn, black beans, cilantro, onion, olive oil, lime juice, cumin, salt, hot pepper flakes.
  • Gently stir to combine. If you have time, allow flavors to marry each other in the fridge for a few hours.
  • Serve cold with cilantro lime chicken, grilled salmon or add cooked quinoa to make it one complete meal.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 24 hours.

    Make Ahead: Refrigerate without olive oil, lime juice and salt for up to 24 hours, and then add before serving.

      Notes

      • Make sure to drain and rinse canned beans with cold water. You do not want the gooey liquid in a salad.
      • The “healthiest” canned beans are low sodium, organic and in BPA free cans.
      • I used unsalted sodium black beans, so adjust salt to taste if using regular.
      • Avoid buying very soft mango for salad as it will become a mush.
      • My favourite are Ataulfo (champagne) mangoes that are smaller and sweeter than “regular” Tommy Atkins mango.
      • You can add one diced avocado. Just like with mango, use ripe but firm fruit. And remember it browns easily, so add before serving.
      • To thaw frozen corn, run it under warm water in a colander and then drain.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1.5cup | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1704IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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      Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      1. 5 stars
        Well I’m learning new things about salads at age 77! I’ve never been a big salad person because I tolerate greens like lettuce and kale. This was delicious. I downsized it for just me and left out the onions, because they’re not my favorite. I had avocado oil and I used that, but otherwise it was exciting and delicious. The only complaint I have (not your fault) is that trying to dice mangos was almost impossible. Can you do a video on how to do that? I’ve also tried a couple of your cucumber etc. salads and really enjoyed them. Maybe I should have been a Ukrainian. I’m trying many of your instant pot recipes and enjoying them — they just make too much for a single person, even halving the recipe. My freezer is stuffed with things I like. Isn”t that a shame! Hope you find someone to help you. I’d hate to lose ifoodreal.

        1. Hello Blue! So happy you are enjoying my salads. And yes, mango can be a bit tricky to cut up (but worth it, in my opinion!).

          1. I too have issues with cutting mangoes because they’re unlike any fruit I have used before. YouTube videos help a lot for “how to”s with food.

      2. Anything to replace mango? Do you have any recipes with okra ? Or can make one?😁😃 I love your recipes…thanks!!

      3. 5 stars
        I was hesitant to add the Mango – but wow! What a wonderful addition! I used fresh corn from the cob, green onions and some lemon balsamic vinegar (rather then lime juice) Soo good! Thank you!

      4. 5 stars
        Love love love this – it’s my go to take to a gathering!
        I leave out the cumin and red pepper flakes and add in a little jalapeño ?

      5. 5 stars
        I love salads like this. I did make some subs because I didn’t have everything in the recipe. I only had one Ataulfo mango so I added a chopped peach and an apple to make up the difference. Also used 2 green onions since I didn’t have any red ones. Everyone loved this salad. My husband said it was great over his salmon!

        1. Hi Sharon! I am so happy that this salad was enjoyed by your family! Over salmon would be a great way to serve it. Yum!

      6. 5 stars
        My whole family loved this salad. We will make this again. It is special. The flavors are bright.

      7. 5 stars
        I made this salad with the Chili Lime Chicken for my birthday and it was absolutely delicious!

        My husband was sceptical about the salad and he loved it.

        Ate leftovers 2 day later (in fridge without marinade, and added avocado just before serving). The salad was even more tasty, sooo good ?

        Thank you Olena for another simple and delicious recipe!

      8. 5 stars
        Excellent
        Second time I have used this recipe first time served with shrimp
        Second time with fish
        I added one rather than two teaspoon cumin and half a teaspoon of chili powder gave a nice little kick

      9. The mango and black bean salad was a hit with my family. Every one loved it. It was easy to make and not expensive at all. It will definitely be one of my regular salads in future. Thank you for a wonderful salad and for the nutritional information that goes with it.

      10. Hello Olena,

        I haven’t tried this recipe yet but I just wanted you to know I have printed all of your recipes and have loved all of the ones I have tried. I am doing the Instant Pot Ribs tonight.
        Thank You for sharing them, I am so glad I found your blog.

        Lorna

        1. Awe, Lorna! Your message has made my day. Please don’t be shy to leave comments, questions or reviews when you try any of my recipes. Have a great day!

      11. 5 stars
        My family love this recipe! We add some hot sauce as well as the chili flakes to give it extra zip. Easy, healthy and wonderfully tasty. Thanks!

      12. 5 stars
        This is wonderfully delicious! All the ingredients blend together in wonderful, refreshing way. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m going to use it as a salsa with tilapia next time.

      13. 5 stars
        This salad is sooo good and refreshing. Since I had a recent trip to Lebanon, I had Sumac and fresh mint on hand. I added a teaspoon of Sumac and a handful of finely chopped mint

      14. 5 stars
        I made these last week to bring to a class potluck. I made a taco bar and made pulled pork. Everyone LOVED this salad!! Even though this time of year the mangos were a bit hard and the avocado was a bit soft, it was so delicious. My whole class thanks you for this fabulous recipe! I love how quickly it came together, too. So great!

        PS: Thank you for including the WW point value. I am a Lifetime member and lost 56 pounds on the program =) Love it!

        1. Warms my heart, Ashley! This salad is affordable and easy to make in winter months. That’s one of the reasons I love it! Congratulations on your weight loss! I was recently debating if any of you care about WW Points value in my recipes and I got my answer today.:)

          1. We’re going to try your recipe with Barbecued Carne Asada tonight. And we are always interested in WW points and it’s nice to know to share at the group WW meetings.

      15. 5 stars
        Made this for Hubby and me…… DELICIOUS!!!! We fought over the leftovers the next day. Will be making this again before summer is long gone. Yummmmmmy!!!!

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