I love this mango black bean salad recipe! This is one of those fruit salad recipes that’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or even as a dip for chips.
Like many salad recipes, this one’s easy to make! Just be sure you rinse the beans to help the finished dish not be murky. This is one of the most delicious bean salad recipes, but we don’t need beans everywhere! It’s all about balance.
Let’s get mixing!
There’s so much to love about this mango black bean salad recipe — from the ease of making to the delicious taste!
- Easy to make — 20 minutes start to finish!
- Freshness in every bite
- Versatile — main dish to chip dip
- Sweet and savory in perfect harmony
How To Make Mango Black Bean Salad Recipe
There is one simple step to make this salad:
Mix all your ingredients.
That’s it. I told you it was easy!
You’ll want to let your mixed salad sit for a few hours to give the ingredients time to get all happy together. I recommend four hours at least!
With such a simple way to make this mango salad, the ingredients have to be where the weirdness comes in, right? Wrong! Here are some secrets I’ll bet you didn’t know about this salad.
Bean Salad Ingredient Notes
I know you’ve had bean salad before — you’ve probably even had black bean salad before — but fruit with beans? That’s a bit unusual! Though don’t let that stop you — this flavor combination will have you begging for more.
- Drain Your Beans: I told you above, but I’ll tell you again: drain your beans! That water the beans come in is a mix of salt, water, and starch, not things you want in your salad. Wash it all off!
- Mango Season: Summer is mango season, but don’t let that stop you from making this salad year-round! I love using frozen mango as a swap for fresh if I can’t find it. Just be sure to drain your thawed mango well to avoid excess liquid!
- Honey: Want an extra flavor KAPOW? Use flavored honey! I love using a lemon honey for this recipe to give a little extra citrus kick.
Tools to Make
You only need one tool to make this recipe:
- A bowl
This seriously can’t get any easier!
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
This salad loves the fridge! When you aren’t eating it, try to store it in there as much as possible — meaning don’t leave it out for hours at a party.
You’ll get up to four days in the fridge out of your leftover salad!
Can You Freeze This?
Yes! All of these ingredients play very nicely in the freezer — and if you make a bunch of this salad, you can have up to 1-2 months out of it in the freezer!
To thaw, let it sit in the fridge overnight. You don’t want to microwave it at all so the mango doesn’t break down. Slow and steady!
Make Ahead Tips
This salad is so easy to make that there really isn’t much you can do as far as speeding the process along — but luckily, the assembled salad really benefits from sitting for a few hours, so definitely make it ahead of time!
I love serving this salad with a light protein to keep the freshness going! Grab a recipe like my air fryer chicken — get some crispiness in the mix! — or my grilled cilantro lime chicken. Eat the salad on the side or add the chicken right in!
Want some variations on this mix? Here you go!
- Swap the black beans for another favorite bean to get Green Bean Salad! The sweetness of the mango goes with just about anything.
- Or up your bean content threefold with three bean salad — choose your favorite beans or use standards like pinto and butter!
Mango Black Bean Salad
- 1 (15.8-ounces) can black beans drained and rinsed
- 2 diced mangoes
- 1 cup sweet red bell pepper diced
- 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped
- 1/2 cup cilantro leaves chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- zest of one lime
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- In a medium bowl gently mix all ingredients. Refrigerate for 4 hours or longer to allow flavors to mingle. Check salt and pepper and adjust to taste.
Want more fruit salads to freshen up your summer? Here are my favorites:
- Mandarin Orange Salad – Everyone’s favorite canned fruit in a fresh salad
- Grilled Peach Salad – Any excuse to eat peaches!
- Pineapple Salad – Tropical goodness in every bite!
- Watermelon Salad – This is a watermelon country, after all
- Broccoli Apple Salad – Crunch for DAYS!
Next time you need a fresh side dish or want a week’s worth of light, healthy lunches, grab this mango black bean salad recipe! You get your fruit and your protein all in one delicious bite.
What did you serve your salad with? Let me know in the comments!