Cold Black Bean Salad Recipe -
Cold Black Bean Salad Recipe
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Cold Black Bean Salad

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"Cold black bean salad with a bite! It makes a great side dish for any Mexican or Southwestern dish. This recipe has become a healthy favorite in our family. Adjust the amount of serrano pepper to suit your spice tolerance."

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Original recipe makes 5 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    20 mins


  1. In a medium serving bowl, mix together the black beans, tomatoes, chilies, bell pepper, vinegar, oil and salt. Chill for 1 hour before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 27, 2006

So great! I added some corn and cilantro--what a refreshing salad! Thanks for the recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 26, 2010

I had to really work with this. If prepared as the recipe stands it has a few problems, at least for me, but they were easily remedied. First, three serrano peppers is a LOT of peppers, particular if they happen to be really hot (mine were) - so I significantly cut back on them so that they acted more as seasoning, and I filled the gap with green bell pepper. Vegetable oil didn't appeal to me, nor did the ratio of vinegar to oil. I used olive oil and white wine vinegar in a ratio of 3:1 instead. Finally, salt alone was not enough to season this, but again, it was easy enough to add some cumin and garlic powder. Kind of blah and too tangy as written, excellent (five stars in my view!) with a little tinkering.

Jun 23, 2005

This was great! I have to say I didn't have serrano peppers, but I used chipotle instead and it was delicious. I also added a green chile pepper, for color. Thanks Lindalu!

Nov 01, 2008

So easy and delicious! I didn’t have fresh tomatoes so used one can Rotel and one can no salt diced tomatoes, both drained. I served it with avocado slices and a spoonful of sour cream on top! We are limiting meat so this was a great main dish along with a green salad, and the second night I served it on top of the greens. Thanks for sharing!

Dec 16, 2005

Loved this one

Jul 20, 2009

Excellent recipe! Try adding corn, cilantro, and fresh lime juice for a nice variation.

Dec 20, 2010

The husband and I love this dish. We make all the time. The flavors are fresh and tangy. You can make it super hot for the spicy lovers or you can tone it down for the tender tongues. I top the salad with cilantro.

Apr 12, 2006

Delicious! Love using my pantry items! I added some kernel Corn and tiny pinch of cinn. and it was great.


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  • Calories
  • 220 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.8 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 12.9 g
  • 52%
  • Protein
  • 11 g
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 890 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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