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Black Bean Corn Salsa

This Black Bean Corn Salsa with Lime Dressing is super easy to make ahead and tastes amazing! It’s an absolute hit at picnics, gatherings, or lunch. Perfect with crispy tortilla chips. 

avocado salad in a bowl with lime slices

This Black Bean Corn Salsa

This is one avocado salad that will immediately solicit recipe requests. Everything about this dish hollers big flavors while maintaining a guiltlessly healthy profile. The lime dressing is addictively tangy, sweet, and delightfully zesty. You may want to make a double batch of this honey lime dressing to keep on hand for all the salads.

We’ve been sharing this Avocado Black Bean Corn Salad for years with friends and family. This is one of those favorite fail-proof hits that you can count on. Whether it’s Taco Tuesdays, potluck parties, or just a healthy lunch…this avocado salad will immediately be on the A-list.

This zippy salad is perfect for picnics, backyard gatherings, or even a healthy lunch. Make it ahead of time to let flavors meld into a deliciously satisfying dish.

Black bean salad with tortilla chips

How to Prepare Ahead

Make-ahead dishes are always welcome, especially when it comes to having picnic-ready containers you can grab and pack. If you’re having a little gathering, there’s nothing more helpful than having dishes that have already been made ahead of time, just waiting to be served.

The dressing can be made 1 to 2 days ahead of time and chilled until ready to use. In fact, the flavors in the dressing tend to deepen as it sits.

Most of the parts in this salad can easily be diced and sliced ahead of time. You’ll note the recipe recommends combining most of the ingredients at least 4 hours ahead of time, up to overnight. The only piece that needs to be done last-minute is adding the fresh avocado, as avocados can turn brown if sliced too early.

Why You’ll Love This Avocado Black Bean Corn Salsa

  • It’s make-ahead easy. Just cut, toss, and chill until ready to serve. Can even be prepped the night before.
  • The balance of creamy avocados and crunchy cucumbers are irresistible (texture bliss.)
  • It’s audaciously healthy. Loaded with antioxidants, protein, and superfood powers. No refined sugars.
  • This salad doubles as a garnish or dip. It’s amazing as a tasty side dish for your Tex Mex meal. It’s also unbelievably delicious served as-is, with crispy tortilla chips.
Mexican salad in a bowl with limes and chips

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Black Bean Corn Salsa

5 from 30 ratings
This Avocado Black Bean Corn Salad with Lime Dressing is super easy to make ahead and tastes amazing! It’s an absolute hit at picnics, gatherings, or lunch. Perfect with crispy tortilla chips. 
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 12


For Lime Dressing:

For Salad:

  • 2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed with cold water and drained well
  • 2 cups sweet corn kernels, drained
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup sweet onion, vidalia, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 semi-firm avocados, they should indent just slightly when pressed, indicating ripeness without being overly ripe.


  • Combine all Dressing ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to incorporate well. Can be made a day or two ahead of time; cover and chill until ready to use.
  • In serving bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except for avocados. Toss so that ingredients are well mixed (avocados will be mixed in last, to prevent browning.) 
  • Whisk the lime dressing again and immediately pour over the salad. Use rubber spatula to gently toss salad with dressing to coat evenly. Cover and chill at least 4 hours up to overnight, so flavors can infuse. Just before serving, peel and dice avocados. Use rubber spatula to gently fold avocado into salad and serve with tortilla chips. Delicious over homemade tacos or burrito bowl as well.


Yields about 10-12 servings as an appetizer. Serves about 8 as a side dish.


Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 6.4g | Fat: 11.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Sodium: 541.8mg | Fiber: 8.6g | Sugar: 49.5g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: Mixing

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Southwestern Barley Salad: you’d be hard pressed to find a salad as hearty and satisfying as this Tex Mex style barley salad. It makes a deliciously healthy lunch all on its own, or add some grilled/shredded chicken for a meal-in-one.

Southwestern Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing: you may want a bottle of this creamy cilantro lime dressing in your fridge at all times. It’s healthier than store bought versions, yet bursting with zesty flavors.

Mexican Rice Salad (Chipotle Style): this fresh, healthy burrito bowl is a dinnertime jackpot. You can serve up hefty bowls to hungry eaters, or let them pile it on themselves, make-your-own style.

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Recipe Rating


    • Sondra Barker

    Yum! This looks so good and healthy. I will have to add this to my list of things to try. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Ewa

    What a beautiful colorful salad! I personally love everything that avocado contains.

    • Crystal Green

    This looks quite filling and perfect to use as a dip. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • rachel

    This sounds SO refreshing and SO delicious!! I love black beans and avocado.

    • norma

    Looks delicious. I would love to try it!

    • Heidi

    Now this looks super yummy and filling!

    • Hannah

    Looks super easy to make and also so delicious that it’s making me oh so hungry!

    • World in Eyes
    • 5 stars

    haven’t ever even thought of this bit it sounds quite delicious and tasty one to have..glad you shared this with us..great work though..

    • Diana
    • 5 stars

    I was just trying to figure out what to do with avocado and corn that’s in my fridge! This will be perfect!

    • Mosaics Lab

    oh myyyyyyy oh myyyyy! This looks so so good! The salad looks fresh and delicious…making it tomorrow for sure, thank you!!!

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