by Olena

Mexican Kale Salad

by Olena

4.8 from 4 reviews

Creamy Mexican Kale Salad Recipe made with black beans, corn, peppers, tomato, cilantro and tossed with a tangy cumin flavoured avocado dressing. |

Oh, this Mexican kale salad is sooo good!

Hearty and crunchy salad, where veggies are “swimming” in a cilantro avocado dressing. Kale, black beans, corn and tomatoes combined with a bit of jalapenos for a heat kick, red onion, cilantro and tossed in a tangy, creamy with a cumin flavour punch dressing. Serve alongside grilled chicken and your dinner is done!

Hearty salads like mango black bean salad, Mexican bean salad recipe and chickpea avocado salad are my best summer friends.

Creamy Mexican Kale Salad Recipe made with black beans, corn, peppers, tomato, cilantro and tossed with a tangy cumin flavoured avocado dressing. |


Mexican Kale Salad

4.8 from 4 reviews

Creamy Mexican Kale Salad Recipe made with black beans, corn, peppers, tomato, cilantro and tossed with a tangy cumin flavoured avocado dressing.

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x



  • 4 cups baby or full-grown kale (stalks removed & coarsely chopped), packed
  • 14 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 2 large bell peppers, diced
  • 1 + 1/2 large avocado, diced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño peppers, seeded & minced


  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 lime, juice of
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Add Salad ingredients to a large bowl.
  2. In a food processor, blender or Magic Bullet, process Dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour over salad, toss and serve.

Store: Refrigerate tossed or separately for up to 24 hours.

Make Ahead: You could prepare Salad and Dressing in advance and combine before serving. The Dressing does get brown a bit but once mixed with the Salad, it’s not noticeable.

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


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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. This recipe was really simple and really hearty and I am excited to make this again! Excellent salad for people looking for a low calorie meal that won’t leave them still feeling hungry when they finish.

  2. Love this recipe! I have made it several times. Once with grilled shrimp, once with cilantro lime grilled chicken and just once on its own. I like it spicy so I add more jalapeno and also some pepitas and queso fresco on top. Definitely a new favourite of mine!

  3. Hello, Looks delicious! Just wondering how many WW points + for the dressing per serving? 2 tbsp/per serving? Thank you?

    1. Hi Teresa. I do not have that information because I calculate all ingredients at once. Are you competing in a fitness competition or why do you need it that precise?

  4. Tried this tonight and yum yum! I added quinoa to the salad bc i already had it cooked, and fresh cilantro to the dressing. Btw, love this idea for a dressing, NO OIL, LOVE! Thanks for sharing!

  5. It was a hot day in Missouri USA today and your salad went perfect with some Honey Lime marinated Tilapia for dinner. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  6. Made this twice since I found it. Love love it. The second time I added more hot peppers. Will made it many more times.

  7. Hint: make the dressing, massage it into the kale, then toss the other ingredients in. Makes a difference in the kale, almost melts together – tender and yummy!

    1. Hmmm. Too messy for me, personally. This dressing is just so thick and creamy and having it all over my hands and then serving it to everyone in a salad…I don’t know…That is me though. I do not mind massaging kale with salt and oil in the beginning, just a bit of it. However, I do not care if kale isn’t massaged.

  8. I made this without the tomato, cilantro, or jalapeno as I had everything else on hand and wasn’t going to be getting to a store for a few days. It was so delicious and satisfying. I will be making it often.

  9. Hi Olena, I found this on Pinterest and decided to try….wonderful salad….I loved it! Even without the dressing it is very good. Regards from Brazil !

  10. I saw this on pinterest and since I had a bag of kale decided to make it right away. It is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, so refreshing, crunchy and yummy. My husband loves it too saying it tastes a lot like chipotle, no idea how since he only gets meat there. THANK YOU this will be a staple in my fridge for years to come.

    1. LOL, you made me laugh out loud. You are so welcome. I made this salad 3 times the past week – so hot outside!!! I could say the same thing as your husband, cause I have never even been to Chipotle.:)

      1. I premade the dressing and chopped everything for a camping trip. Tossed it up and everyone loved it!

  11. This looks so colorful and delicious! Love the use of nutrient rich kale in this recipe; a welcomed change from typical greens!

  12. Looks good, can’t wait to try it. Since I don’t like avocado is there something you can recommend I replace it with for this salad? Thank you 🙂

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