Black and Pinto Bean Salad with Lime and Cilantro Dressing

June 7, 2011


Let’s lighten things up a bit, shall we?


After back to back posts of sugary cocktails and fudgy cookies, I think we need something healthy and refreshing. A light, bright bean salad sounds perfect. And it’s ideal for summer picnics and potlucks.



1 can of black beans, drained

1 can of pinto beans, drained

1 yellow pepper, diced

1 orange pepper, diced

1/3 cup purple onion, diced

1 bunch (a good handful) of cilantro

zest and juice of 1 lime

1 clove of garlic

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:  In a mixing bowl, combine the beans, onions, and peppers. In a food processor, pulse the oil, garlic, cilantro and lime juice until it forms a creamy dressing. Pour the dressing over the bean and pepper mix. Add the grated lime zest and toss. Chill if desired.


Garnish with a bit more cilantro and a sliver of lime. Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, or simply eat by the spoonful!

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Kim February 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm

This looks very tasty and quite healthy to boot. When I first saw the picture I thought the yellow pepper was mango. It occurs to me that if you wanted to change this up a bit that mango might just go very nicely in this salad.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

I agree! Mango would be delish.

Eric Branchaud September 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

What a great, simple idea. I think I’ll try this with some diced chili’s from my garden to add a little kick.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods September 9, 2011 at 10:27 am


Heather of Kitchen Concoctions June 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by my blog. This is such a beautiful salad!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Your blog is great! Thanks for your comment. :)

LauraJayne June 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I love mixing beans – this looks totally refreshing and delicious! I might even add some garbanzo beans, but it’s totally on my menu tonight!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Garbanzo beans sound delicious! Great idea! Enjoy!

Lisa {} June 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Totally love bean salad. I could eat this for lunch everyday. This would go well with my pineapple cilantro salsa I posted yesterday! Have a great day!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

YES! That salsa sounds amazing.

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum June 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I posted about a similar salad today except it also had sweet potatoes! Your pictures are phenomenal!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Oooh, love the addition of sweet potato! Thanks for the compliment! I’m still learning how to work this crazy camera. ;)

brandi June 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

I love salads like this – and pinto beans are my FAVORITE!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm

For me, it’s a toss up between pinto beans and black beans. This salad is the best of both.

Aparna E. June 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

Mmm! Sounds so fresh and delicious. I love anything infused with lime or cilantro. I would think maybe adding some corn kernels would also be good – add a touch of sweetness?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

Great idea, although the peppers are somewhat sweet.

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The Dinner Belle for June 8, 2011 at 8:55 am

Look at all those colors! Beautiful yet healthy dish. This would be great for summer lunch parties – al fresco style. Thanks for this :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

Thank you! I agree completely!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 8, 2011 at 6:22 am

I could live on bean salad (and ice cream) in the summer. This looks great!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 8, 2011 at 7:52 am

I’m exactly the same way- my two favorite summer foods! :)

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