Black Bean, Sweet Corn and Mango Salad

by jenna on May 2, 2013

We are having an extreme heat advisory and the last thing I want to be doing is standing over my hot stove in my un-airconditioned house. Times like these call for desperate measures…lots of cool crunchy salads combining fruit and veggies!

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know how much I love hearty salads in the summer. And I don’t mean traditional salads with lettuce and blue cheese dressing {although that’s good, too}. I love combining fruits and veggies in my salads, as well as protein, to keep me going all day. And bonus! No oven required. This yummy salad is full of good-for-you things like black beans, bell peppers and mango. You guys, I am obsessed with mango! Specifically those small champagne or manila mangos. I peel them with a veggie peeler and eat them like apples! They’re my favorite snack when combined with a handful of raw almonds.

I used raw sweet corn in this salad because I love the crunch of it. It was a life changing day last year when I tried my first kernel of raw corn straight off the cob. I rarely ever cook my corn now! Try it once and you’ll be a convert…I promise.

The dressing in this salad is just simply lime juice, cumin and a small splash of olive oil. I love how light and fresh it is. I made a huge batch of this the other day and have been eating it for lunch daily with a side of avocado toast….another life changing food item I recently tried for the first time.


Black Bean, Sweet Corn & Mango Salad

serves 4-6

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2 ears raw sweet corn, about 1 cup kernels

1 red or orange bell pepper, small diced

1/2 red onion, minced

1 jalapeno, seeds removed and pepper minced

1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 large mango, ripe but firm, small diced

juice of 1 large lime

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp cumin


Using a knife, cut the corn kernels off the cob carefully. Place kernels in a large mixing bowl. Add the diced bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, mango and black beans. Toss to combine.

Add lime juice, olive oil and cumin. Toss well. Serve immediately or place in the fridge for up to two days before serving.


15 minutes


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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 2, 2013 at 1:59 am

I have a three year old recipe for corn, mango, and bean salad on my blog with atrocious pics that I should update. Thanks for the reminder because your salad looks awesome, Jenna! Love the colors and mango is my total #1 fruit!


Jess May 2, 2013 at 2:57 am

Once I discovered raw sweet corn straight off the cob I could never go back either. SO crunchy! One of my favorite salads is just spinach, raw sweet corn, and avocado – yum. Although, this salad could easily encroach its position – love this combination.


Jenn from Much to My Delight May 2, 2013 at 3:48 am

Fruity salsas are my fave on hot days too! Love the flavor combo here. Can’t believe you have an extreme heat advisory already (especially when there are wonky snowstorms in Colorado)!


Kristen @ Change of Pace May 2, 2013 at 3:53 am

This is so perfect for the summer!


jodi May 2, 2013 at 3:56 am

wow! that salad looks amazing and i can’t wait to try it!!! i hate to ask a silly question but what is avacado toast (if its as simple as avacado spread on toast picture me embarrassed)


Ashley May 2, 2013 at 9:48 am

you got it! I like to sprinkle a bit of garlic salt or tajin seasoning on it! yummy!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 2, 2013 at 4:23 am

Gahhh I love everything about this salad!! Big mixes of fresh fruits, veggies and protein are totally what I crave during the warm months too. I couldn’t agree more with you on the raw sweet corn thing – I think it was one of the recipes that you posted last summer that called for it, and I don’t think I’ve cooked my corn since!


Molly @ RDexposed May 2, 2013 at 4:48 am

I’m a raw corn fan, too!
Also, I need to make a salsa each week to just keep around during the summer.


Tieghan May 2, 2013 at 5:04 am

Jenna I love this!! So fresh and so pretty! I am going crazy for mango right now, so I really need to make this!

Heat wave? Lucky! It is snowing here. I am SO tired of the snow! I want heat! LOL


DessertForTwo May 2, 2013 at 5:21 am

This sounds fantastic.

So, most days I miss Nor Cal, but when you said “extreme heat advisory,” I looked out my window at the snow and smiled. So, thanks for that. Wanna come visit? I’ve got a guest room with your name on it 😉

Feeling ok lately? :)


Amy Walters, aDESIGNdock May 2, 2013 at 5:26 am

Mmm…I’m loving mangos lately and this salad is just so pretty and spring-like! So lovely.


Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes May 2, 2013 at 5:41 am

You can eat sweet corn raw?! I never knew that! I totally have to try it sometime this summer when I make this delicious looking salad. :-)


Heather Kneisler May 2, 2013 at 5:45 am

This salad looks amazing… mango, corn, & black beans… yum! Can’t wait to try it! I’m sure I’ll be making it all summer long!


Ali | Gimme Some Oven May 2, 2013 at 5:46 am

Love all of those colors and fresh flavors! Sounds perfect for summer!


Coty & Mariah@QuirksandTwists May 2, 2013 at 5:52 am

This is by far one of our favorite kind of dip/salads. Love the addition of the sweet mango!


Brittany from CountingMyCupcakes May 2, 2013 at 5:59 am

AVOCADO TOAST IS AMAZING!! Recently I have been doing a twist on plain avocado toast and chopping a boiled egg, stirring it into some mashed avocado (about 1/4 of a whole med. avocado), and spreading all of that on top of whole wheat toast. OMG. TRY IT!!

I have never been a huge mango fan, but I think this recipe could change that. I love pretty much anything with black beans.


Dana May 2, 2013 at 6:06 am

This is gorgeous! The perfect summer salad. yum!


Laura May 2, 2013 at 6:19 am

Yesyesyes– this might just be my favorite recipe of yours. why oh why didn’t I think to combine these ingredients??!??

Thank you sincerly, this is perfection.


Pippa@popovertopippas May 2, 2013 at 6:28 am

Good luck with the heat!


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} May 2, 2013 at 6:33 am

Looks delicious! Love the corn + mango combo for this time of year.


Joelle ( on a pink typewriter) May 2, 2013 at 6:45 am

Yes! So ready for fun salad combos to be back.


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health May 2, 2013 at 6:51 am

I’ve never tried raw sweet corn but I want to now. I love everything about this salad and it is perfect for this hot weather! It’s been in the 90’s here in the East Bay, I feel like I’m back in Texas!


Margarita May 2, 2013 at 6:54 am

I would never have thought of eating raw corn kernels, but am so curious to try it now. This salad looks so good!


Suzanne de Cornelia May 2, 2013 at 7:00 am

Looks and sounds delicious. I’ve been on a mango kick too since your strawberry-mango salsa recipe. Making this right away! Thanks.


erin @hooleywithaz May 2, 2013 at 7:25 am

you just recently tried avocado toast?? girl, you have been missing out, welcome to happiness in the morning. and this salad WOULD be delicious on that, i agree!


Karas May 2, 2013 at 8:20 am

I have been looking for a new staple recipe for spring and summer gettogethers… I think I have found it! Can’t wait to try.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 2, 2013 at 8:30 am

Mmm what a fabulous recipe!!


Sarah @ Yogi in Action May 2, 2013 at 8:40 am

That sounds like a perfect summer dish! Love it!

It’s still a little cold where I live to truly enjoy that salad, but I am definitely adding it to my list of things to make for June-August.


Emily @ Life on Food May 2, 2013 at 9:17 am

The colors are fantastic. Its still a bit cooler on the East Coast so I am enjoying as much baking as I can before the oven gets severely limited.


Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl May 2, 2013 at 9:24 am

Love all of these flavors!! Great tip on not cooking the corn. I will definitely be giving this recipe a try!


Caroline L. May 2, 2013 at 9:33 am

How is it so hot in the Bay right now?? This looks so tempting & refreshing right now! Gorgeous colors!


Ashley May 2, 2013 at 9:50 am



Megan @ Megan's Miles May 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

This recipe looks fabulous! I’ve never tried raw corn, but I’ll definitely give it a shot!


Moni Meals & Fitness May 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

Yum Jenna! I have a recipe so similiar to this but I toss it in a TORILLA! This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. :)


Mr. & Mrs. P May 2, 2013 at 10:55 am

What a lovely light and delicious looking salad!!


Cheri May 2, 2013 at 11:17 am

Hooray for raw sweet corn and avacado toast!

Oh, and happy wedding month to you!


Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog May 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

This sounds delicious and perfect for a hot day. I can see myself making a big batch of this at the beginning of the week and eating it for lunches.


Amy May 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I’m not a big fan of this California heat wave either! Our temperatures are close to 100°, and the house never cools off, even with all of the windows open in both the mornings and evenings. But mango and fresh corn might distract me from the heat for a little bit… Looks delicious!


Miss Kim @ behgopa May 3, 2013 at 2:10 am

It was extremely hot here in la (for spring anyway) and this would have been perfect. When it gets hot, I lose my appetite. Something like this would have picked it right back up…cold, hearty, full of wonderful flavors that go so well with one another!


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking May 3, 2013 at 7:20 am

Mmmmm! I want to load this up on a big piece of avocado toast. I love your fruit and veggie salsa combos!


Ada May 3, 2013 at 8:42 am

Salivating right now.


Lee Daniel May 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

This looks so good! For some reason, it reminds me of fall (I guess its the colors). I will definitely try this out.


Jen P May 4, 2013 at 6:24 am

I made the same thing but with some quinoa.. avocado! Yum!


shannon June 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I have a recipe very similar to this, the only thing different is I add a package of dry italian dressing seasoning, so good!


Rita Watson June 11, 2014 at 4:13 am

Its such a refreshing summer recipe. Will add colors to my meals and my kitchen. Really appreciate!!


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