Living Vegan In Charlotte, NC

Cinco De Mayo Pinto Bean Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)


Pinto Bean Salad

I developed this very easy and tasty recipe about a week ago when I was trying to figure out what to do with two cans of pinto beans that were close to expiration.  I’d been eating a lot of chilis (thanks to Amy’s Kitchen) and wanted something a bit lighter tasting and more springlike.  I’d made chickpea salads before, black bean salads, and black eye pea salads – why not a pinto bean salad?

Why not indeed?  I was very pleased with this mildy spicy pinto bean salad – perfect for Cinco de Mayo.

Pinto Bean Salad


Pinto Bean Salad Ingredients:

Two cans Pinto Beans

Two uncooked ears of sweet Fresh Corn

1/2 Sweet Onion, diced or cut into thin strips

1 Bell Pepper, chopped

1-2 Jalapeno Peppers, chopped

14 Grape or Cherry Tomatoes (or however many looks good to you), cut in halves or quarters

1 large handful Cilantro, chopped

Ingredients for the Pinto Bean Salad Dressing:

1/3 Cup Good Quality Olive Oil

2 Cloves Garlic, minced or pressed

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Cumin

Juice of 3 large Limes (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup)


Rinse and drain the pinto beans, then place in large mixing bowl.

With a knife, slice the uncooked corn kernels directly off the cob into the bowl.

Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeno peppers, and tomatoes.  Stir gently to mix.  Add the chopped cilantro, but don’t stir the cilantro in with the rest at this point.

Make the salad dressing by combining all the salad dressing ingredients.  You can whisk them together in a bowl, put them in a blender for a few seconds, or simply add everything to a clean glass jar, put on the lid, then shake.

Pour the salad dressing over the bean mixture and stir gently.

REFRIGERATE for 1-3 hours to allow the flavors to develop.


As always, modify the recipe to suit your own taste!

  • If you don’t like pinto beans, use black beans.
  • If you don’t have limes, use lemons.  (But please use real juice, not the bottled stuff.  It truly does make a difference.)
  • If you like your salads on the mild side, use only one jalapeno pepper and be sure to seed it.  Or substitute milder serrano peppers.
  • If you don’t have grape or cherry tomatoes, use two diced Roma tomatoes.
  • Please do use fresh corn, if possible, instead of frozen or canned.  There’s an incredible difference in taste and texture, plus it’s so cheap this time of year!
  • If you’re making this for company or a potluck, it looks pretty to use two colors of bell pepper – such as red and green or red and yellow.

Pinto Bean Salad Close Up

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Categorised in: Salads, Sides & Such, Vegan Recipes

10 Responses »

  1. I have the ingredients (even fresh corn) and had no idea what to make today, so thanks for this recipe!

  2. Great looking salad! Love all the veggies you’ve used!

  3. Awesome! Almost like Indian chaat

  4. Looks and sounds yummy! I love pinto beans

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