Black Bean Salad With Corn, Cilantro, and Chili-Lime Vinaigrette Recipe

Cilantro-flecked black beans and corn mingle with jalapeños, onions, and a crumble of corn chips in a tart chili-lime vinaigrette. Jennifer Olvera

This easy Southwestern-style salad combines inky black beans, fresh jalapeños, and corn for a colorful and picnic-friendly dish. The dish gets its bold flavor from a dose of bright-but-basic chili-lime vinaigrette. The secret to its success ie a sprinkling of corn chips for some textural crunch and an extra hit of salt.

Note:The black bean salad is equally enjoyable cold or at room temperature. Make it at least an hour ahead since you'll want to let the flavors meld, but wait to garnish it with the corn chips and cilantro until you're ready to serve the beans. You want the chips to remain crackly and the herbs vibrant and bright.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 6 servings

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  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 tablespoons minced yellow onion

  • 1 ear corn, boiled and shucked, kernels sliced off

  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice from 1 lime

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/4 cup crumbled corn chips

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced cilantro leaves and tender stems


  1. Combine beans, onion, corn, and jalapeño in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, oil, vinegar, chili powder, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper and whisk again.

  3. Toss vinaigrette with black bean mixture. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. When you’re ready to serve the salad, add corn chips and cilantro and stir to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
159 Calories
7g Fat
21g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 159
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 420mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 220mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)