The Mex Salad Recipe

By QualityFood

  • 15minutes
  • 4 servings
  • Overview
  • Ingredients
  • Substitutions
  • Directions

This delicious Mex Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, totally customizable with your favorite ingredients, and it can work perfectly as a side salad or main dish!

  • 3 cans of black beans , rinsed and well-drained
  • 2 ears of corn, shucked, or 1 cup of canned corn
  • 1 orange, yellow or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped red onion (from 1 small onion)
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (about ½ medium bunch)
  • 1 medium jalapeño, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt, to taste
  • Optional garnishes: sliced avocado, crumbled feta, lime wedges

There are about a million ways that you can customize this salad so feel free to get creative and use what ingredients you love most (or need to use up in your kitchen!) and make this one your own.  For example you can;

  • Add a protein: Cooked chicken, steak, pork, shrimp, salmon or tofu would all be great in this salad.
  • Add extra fresh veggies: Such as bell pepper, cucumber, jicama, radishes or corn.
  • Add extra jarred veggies: Such as sun-dried tomato, roasted red peppers, or artichoke hearts.
  • Add fruit: Such as diced fresh mango, pineapple, orange or grapefruit.
  • Add beans: A handful of black or pinto beans would also be delicious in this salad.
  • Add tortilla chips:  Crumble a handful of corn tortilla chips into this salad!

     Step 1

    In a large serving bowl, combine all of the ingredients and toss to combine. Taste, and adjust as necessary until the flavors really pop!

    Step 2

    Cover and chill to enhance the flavors—preferably for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

    Step 3

    Serve in individual bowls as is, or with any of the garnishes listed. Leftovers keep well for up to 4 days or so; you might want to wake up the flavors with an extra squeeze of lime juice or tiny splash of vinegar.


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    From Vietnam

    Green Lime

    From India

    Red Onion

    From Australia

    Sweet corn