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Avocado Black Bean Corn Salad with Lime Dressing

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. 

avocado salad in a bowl with lime slices

This Avocado Black Bean Corn Salad with Lime Dressing

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 Salad with Lime Dressing:

  • 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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Avocado Black Bean Corn Salad with Lime Dressing

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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    • Holly

    Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new recipes!!

    • Elizabeth O

    Oh my, this looks completely delicious, and perfect for these spring/summer days. I am definitely going to save this to try.

    • Maria M Muting

    You have so many delicious recipes on your page! I love this one and its totally weight watchers friendly for me!

    • Preet

    Wow! This one’s a winner.This looks so delightful and tasty. I would love to try making this recipe. My boys would both probably DIG this!

    • Deb B.

    I’m so excited – I’ve been on the hunt for recipes that incorporated avocado! This looks delicious, and I’m so glad you snuck in those amazing shots before everyone inhaled it! Ha! I would have definitely been one of the ones begging for the recipe and standing by the food table gobbling down seconds and third plates of it! 🙂

    • thebusyboymama

    This looks totally delicious!! I absolutely would love to make this for a cinco de mayo celebration. I love avocado!

    • justbusylovinglife

    This dip looks amazing! I might have to make this tomorrow!

    • Annemarie LeBlanc

    Perfect salad recipe! Now that the warmer weather is close approaching, there will be lots of grilling and salads to go with it. This salad will definitely win the hearts of my family!

    • Mary Nicole Galbraith

    YUM! My mom used to make a side dish similar to this and it was always such a hit! She never would share the recipe, so I can’t wait to try this one out.

    • Gladys Parker

    The flavor combinations should make for a wonderful dish. I could make this for a family reunion or picnic, bbq of any kind. I know it would get eaten and enjoyed rather than skipped over and tossed.

    • Ithfifi Williams / IthinityBeauty

    This is literally everything I love all in one salad! I am glad I found this recipe, thank you so much for making our lives better!

    • limpertinleopard

    This looks delicious! Such a unique dish for Mexican food! I can’t wait to try it

    • Brittney

    Im so glad to have found this recipe! This sounds like the PERFECT side to make tomorrow!

    • sue-Tanya

    I feel like I haven’t seen a recipe post from you in a while so I decided to check out what i have been missing out on. Then I stumbled on this…. I can’t wait to try this. It looks so yummy. How do you come up with all these awesome recipes.

      • chewoutloud

      Sue, we miss you here! Come back often 🙂

    • Tabbie

    Looks PERFECT for a summer picnic! Pinning for later and can’t wait to try!

    • kumamonjeng

    I really love this week recipe! There is no cooking, just chop all fresh ingredients and mix them well. This is great vegetarian food if I don’t feel like eating meat some time.

    • Amanda Martin

    These ingredients make such a goo combo! I’ve been making a bowl lately with black bean pasta, cilantro dressing and all the other ingredients you mentioned mixed in with a lean protein! Soooo yummy

    • Dana Vento

    Wow! This one’s a winner.This looks so delightful and tasty. I would love to try making this recipe. My boys would both probably DIG this!

    • Leah

    I’ve been looking for a good salad recipe and this looks amazing!!!

    • RedLipsNRose

    I love that you included a video for us to follow! Thank you I cannot wait to make this for Cinco De Mayo!

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