Everyone’s Favorite Bean Salad

BY : PUBLISHED : August 17th, 2020 UPDATED: August 17th, 2021

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.

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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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!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 474 kcal
DIET Vegan


  • 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
  • 1/2 cup of diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup of diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of lemon or lime juice (about 1 small lemon or lime)
  • Salt, to taste


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


Calories: 474kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 22gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 996mgPotassium: 1340mgFiber: 23gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 597IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 141mgIron: 6mg
Keyword bean salad, beans, black beans, chickpeas, pinto beans, protein, salad, side dish, vegan protein, vegan salad
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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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