by Olena

Black Bean Mango Salad

by Olena

5 from 7 reviews

Black Bean Mango Salad

Black Bean Salad

This black bean mango salad is circa 2012 a.k.a 3rd recipe ever posted on I’m bringing life back into old salad recipes as hot summer days are perfect for making healthy salad for dinner.

Rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and fiber this black bean salad with mango, cilantro and lime will keep you satisfied for hours. And it’s juicy!!!

Don’t you wanna just dive in head first with an open mouth into this rainbow?!

black bean salad with mango, cilantro and lime

How to Cook Black Beans for Salad

To prepare black beans for salad, you have 3 options.

  1. Use canned black beans. The best beans are low sodium, organic and in BPA free cans.
  2. Cook black beans on a stove top good old fashioned way. You have to soak dried black beans overnight and cook the next day. Then I usually freeze a regular can portion of 1.5 cups in plastic bags. I replaced canned beans with this method. That was before Instant Pot joined our family.:)
  3. Lately I make black beans in Instant Pot. I am still perfecting the recipe and will share once it’s ready. But all I do for now is cover dried and unsoaked black beans with twice cold water and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. The key is to do Natural Release to prevent beans from falling apart. Next time I would liek to try 10 minutes and see what happens.

Using Best Mangoes

  • Choose medium softness mango to use within 1-2 days and hard ones for later.
  • Avoid buying very soft mango for salad as it will become a mush.
  • My favourite are Ataulfo (champagne) mangoes and typically are sold in bulk boxes Apr-June for $7-10. They are smaller and sweeter than “regular” Tommy Atkins mango known to most North Americans. Tommy’s work too.
  • When it comes to chopping mango, especially Ataulfo that have thin skin, I’m “weird”. I like to peel the fruit, cut around the pit and then dice.

black bean and mango salad

What to Serve Healthy Black Bean Salad with?

Serve cold. Allow flavors to marry each other in the fridge for a few hours. If you can. But I understand if not…Who can resist not to dive in head first into this bowl of deliciousness?!

  • Add cooked quinoa and/or avocado.
  • Serve easy black bean salad with chicken, white fish or just on its own.
  • Or who am I kidding?! Pull out a bag of healthier tortilla chips and use it as salsa. Pair it with a glass of healthy margarita (ice, tequila, club soda, lime and salt) and you’ve got your own little Mexico.

black bean mango quinoa salad

More Black Bean Recipes to Try:


Black Bean Mango Salad

5 from 7 reviews

This Mango Black Bean Salad Recipe with corn, cilantro and lime is rich in protein and fiber. Easy dinner for a hot summer night dinner and a delight to entertain with! SO GOOD!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 2 medium or 3 Ataulfo mango, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup corn, cooked or frozen (thawed)
  • 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
  • Hot chili pepper flakes, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, add mango, tomato, bell pepper, corn, black beans, cilantro, onion, olive oil, lime juice, cumin, salt, hot pepper flakes, and gently stir to combine. Serve cold.

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.


I used low sodium black beans, so adjust salt to taste if using regular.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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