posted by Kalyn Denny on August 14, 2018
Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro is a delicious option for a hot summer day when it’s too hot to cook. And this delicious salad is low-glycemic, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
This Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro salad was inspired by a pinto bean salad I had years ago at a party I attended with my brother Rand where guests were asked to bring Oaxacan dishes. We loved the salad I came up with back then, and now fast forward many years and I’ve been to Oaxaca myself! Then a few weeks ago Rand was visiting my house and I wanted to make something that I thought he would really enjoy. He’s a vegetarian who loves beans, and this recipe desperately needed better photos so it was a win-win idea, and Rand absolutely swooned over the salad when he tried it again.
This easy salad with summer flavors uses canned pinto beans, and it’s the trick of marinating the beans in white balsamic vinegar while you prep the other ingredient that makes the salad such a wow. Of course I know I have some readers who won’t be interested in a salad with beans, so if this is just not your jam, there are plenty of good Low-Carb and Keto recipes in the archives or check out my Ten Favorite Summer Salad with Garden Tomatoes for some tomato salads with lower-carb ingredients!
Put the can of pinto beans in a colander, rinse, and let drain well, then dry with paper towels. Then toss the drained pintos with white balsamic vinegar and let them marinate while you prep the other ingredients. Cut up an avocado (or two) and toss with lime juice. Cut cherry tomatoes into quarters or halves, or cut up larger tomatoes if that’s what you have.
Chop cilantro and red onion. Toss the red onion and cilantro with the pinto beans. Then gently fold in the diced tomatoes and avocado, drizzle a little olive oil over the salad, season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and gently toss again. (You can add a little more lime juice or olive oil after you taste the salad if you’d like!) Serve right away.
More Salads with Tomatoes and Beans:
Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, Basil, and Parsley ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
White and Black Bean Salad ~ She Wears Many Hats
Green Bean, Tomato, Onion, and Basil Summer Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Quinoa, Avocado, Tomato, and Black Bean Salad ~ Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Black Bean Salad with Jicama, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Lime ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chickpea Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette ~ Savory Sweet Life
Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans, Feta, and Herbs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro
Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro is a delicious option for a hot summer day, and this recipe marinates the beans so the salad is extra flavorful!
- 1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans, rinse and drain the beans very well
- 2 T white balsamic vinegar or champagne vinegar (or use any mild white vinegar)
- 1 avocado, diced into pieces 1/2 inch square (I often use two avocados; if so double the lime juice.)
- 1 T fresh lime juice (or more if you’re using two avocados)
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes cut in half)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro (or more)
- 1-2 T olive oil, or a bit more
- fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste
- Pour beans into a colander placed in the sink and rinse well with cold water until no more foam appears. Let beans drain well for at least 10-15 minutes.
- Then blot beans dry with paper towel, place in plastic bowl, and toss with white balsamic vinegar. Let beans marinate in the vinegar while you prep other ingredients.
- Cut avocado into 1/2 inch pieces and place in small bowl. Toss with lime juice. (Remember to double the lime juice if you use two avocados.)
- Chop tomatoes, or if using cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quarters.
- Chop red onion and cilantro.
- Mix onions and cilantro into marinating beans. Then use a large spoon to gently fold in avocado and tomato.
- Drizzle olive oil over salad and season to taste with fresh ground black pepper and sea salt, and gently toss again. Taste to see if you want a little more olive oil or lime juice.
- Serve immediately, at room temperature.
This recipe inspired by a bean salad Kalyn tried when she attended a Oaxacan-themed party with her brother Rand.
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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro is a good choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet. For low-carb diets, you could make this salad lower in carbs by using more avocado and less beans (and who doesn’t love more avocado!)
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