Black Bean Salad Recipe, A Tasty Side Dish That’s Easy to Make

From time to time my daughter-in-love, Nancy shares recipes with me. Nancy often finds recipes online that sound interesting, then adds or subtracts depending on what she has available or on hand.

Recently she made this yummy black bean salad and shared the recipe with me. I noticed it has an ingredient I’ve never tried: Trader Joe’s Island Salsa. Have you ever tried it?  If you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s or don’t have a visit planned anytime soon, I found it available here: Trader Joe’s Island Salsa.  I just ordered some…sounds yummy!

Hope you enjoy the following recipe!

Black Bean Salad

An easy-to-make Black Bean Salad that makes a great side dish.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: black bean, salad
Servings: 4


  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup grilled corn (frozen or cut off the cob)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 dash sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 cup Trader Joe's Island Salsa
  • 1 tsp Salt/Pepper/Galic Powder (Season to taste)


  • Diced/chop all ingredients as listed above.
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. If you like your salads a bit spicey, add some chopped jalapenos to the mix.
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  1. Helen Dehner says

    Thanks so much! I have Trader Joe’s salsa in my pantry and will definitely use your DIL’s recipe!

  2. Brenda s. Lawrence says

    Oh my, I think Nancy hit on a good one here! This looks so yummy and sounds even better. I wish I had a Trader’s Joe around me, but good to know that I can get the salsa from there online. Can’t wait to try this one! Thanks to you, Susan and your DILove! Hugs, Brenda

  3. Sounds delish. The island salsa and sriracha sauce would really take it up a notch. Thanks for posting, Susan. And thanks to Nancy for sharing.

  4. The only difference between this recipe and mine is I make a Cumin Vinegrette dressing and add avocado chunks… I am getting hungry so I will have to make it tomorrow!

  5. carol springsteen says

    I have made this for years as an appetizer when we have a group over. Just serve it cold with a bag of scoop chips and a cheese board and you are all set.

  6. Cyndi Raines says

    This looks so good. Will have to try this sometime, I’m getting hungry now! Lol

  7. We make something similar, but we call it Texas Caviar. My recipe calls for 2 cans of black beans, but I always use 1 can of black beans & 1 can of black eyed peas. Instead of salsa, we use Rotel tomatoes. You can substitute several of the ingredients either to your liking or what you have on hand. We love this with the scoop chips!

  8. Yummmmm!!!

  9. This is a favorite at our house whether as a side or as a dip for chips.

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