Everyone's Favorite Bean Salad

BY : PUBLISHED : August 17th, 2020 UPDATED: September 29th, 2022

If we could choose a signature Plant-Based on a Budget salad, this super-easy bean salad would be at the very top! It's from the Plant-Based on a Budget Cookbook, and by using simple and extremely budget-friendly ingredients we can create a fantastic meal. It’s one of our audience's favorite recipes and this is all for a few good reasons.

Colorful Three Bean Salad

If you are trying to live by the motto, eat the rainbow, then this Bean Salad is definitely for you! The red or yellow cherry tomatoes, the black beans, the green cilantro and parsley, and bright yellow corn make this salad an explosion of color. If you would like to add even more bright and nutritious ingredients, you could add some shredded purple cabbage or some grated carrots for an orange touch.

Now, if you’re looking to add a fresher touch, consider adding diced cucumbers or diced celery. It will not only make this bean salad fresher but it will also add an awesome crunch.

Clear mixing bowl filled with bean salad and a serving in a small white bowl.

What to Serve it With

This Bean Salad is pretty amazing on its own but if you’d like to make it more substantial, then you have some great options:

  • Serve it over quinoa. This will make a more complete meal and add (even more) protein to its already very high protein content.
  • Make it a light meal by serving it over romaine lettuce or shredded spinach
  • Eat it with a side of warm brown rice if you’re looking for a more comforting dinner or lunch.
  • Make it a part of your veggie-filled buddha bowl.

Pack on The Plant Protein

If you're looking to increase your protein intake, this recipe is a fantastic way to do it! Beans have a large amount of protein and fiber which makes them a really good option to add to any meal. If you decide to serve this over cooked quinoa then get ready for some serious protein-boosting meal.

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Clear mixing bowl filled with bean salad and a serving in a small white bowl.

Everyone's Favorite Bean Salad

Toni Okamoto
Get ready to enjoy everyones's favorite bean salad! Simple, super-quick and packed with plant-based protein. You'll truly love it!
4.86 from 28 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 474 kcal
METHOD No Cook
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 15 ounces of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces of unsalted corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • ½ cup of diced red onion
  • ½ cup of diced tomato
  • ¼ cup of chopped cilantro
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of lemon or lime juice (about 1 small lemon or lime)
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients.
  • The salad can be served chilled or at room temperature.

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Notes

This Bean Salad is pretty amazing on its own but if you’d like to make it more substantial, then you have some great options:
  • Serve it over quinoa. This will make a more complete meal and add (even more) protein to its already very high protein content.
  • Make it a light meal by serving it over romaine lettuce or shredded spinach
  • Eat it with a side of warm brown rice if you’re looking for a more comforting dinner or lunch.
  • Make it a part of your veggie-filled buddha bowl.

Nutrition

Calories: 474kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 22gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 996mgPotassium: 1340mgFiber: 23gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 597IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 141mgIron: 6mg
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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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Comments

  1. Dee (FullyPlantedLife) says

    5 stars
    This is lovely Toni. I like to serve it with avocado on wholemeal toasted bread or sourdough bread. I mash my avocado with lemon, salt, black pepper and lime and your bean salad inside a baked potato goes together perfectly. My kids the bean salad to school with cooked brown rice and have it as part of their packed lunch. That's what we do. I add a kiwi and/or a Satsuma or Raspberries to boost the iron from the beans as boosting it with Vitamin C increase the iron absorption of the non heme iron x4 fold.

    Your recipes are fantastic. Keep up the great work and your book is brilliant! I have recommend it to a few of my vegan friends who are mum's looking for recipes that happen to be kid friendly and not scary to try. To be honest, it can be a challenge feeding kids (mine are teenagers now and plant-based 5 years in total) who are young and perhaps not used to plant-based eating and eating more whole foods. So yep. Lunchbox friendly recipe are a must. Thank you kindly.

    • Andrea White says

      So glad you and the kiddos are enjoying this one! It's certainly a favorite! Keep doing what you're doing. You're setting such a great example for them! 🙂

  2. Nancy Wu says

    This bean salad is perfect for meal prepping!

    • Andrea White says

      Right?! Easy and wholesome to enjoy all week!

  3. Katie Jacques says

    Such a wonderful bean salad! Works great as a dip too!

    • Andrea White says

      It is always a crowd pleaser for me!

  4. Cindy Lefebvre says

    This will be a wonderful new salad to bring to the cottage this summer! I love every ingredient in here!

    • Andrea White says

      Awesome! Hope you guys enjoy it 🙂

  5. Family Porter says

    Thank you for the easy and healthy side dish! We'll be eating this all spring and summer.

    • Andrea White says

      It's always nice when they're healthy and delicious!

  6. Emily says

    We all loved this delicious recipe! Such as easy recipe to put together and it's full of protein to keep us going for hours!

    • Andrea White says

      It's such a favorite! So so good and nourishing!

  7. Jacqui says

    Such a fantastic recipe! Wholesome, filling and tasty.

    • Andrea White says

      Love that it's quick and easy to make also! So good!

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