Chop-Chop Mango and Black Bean Salad

August 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm 21 comments

I’ve recently discovered that I LOVE mango. In the past, I’ve shied away from this tropical fruit because I had trouble cutting it up and felt like I was wasting a bunch of the flesh. I tried the “cut and score into cubes” method but I wasn’t a fan, maybe I am knife challenged šŸ™‚

For me, I’ve found it’s easiest to peel the fruit first with my trusty vegetable peeler (I use the Titan Peeler – as seen on TV – from Bed, Bath and Beyond), cut off the bottom so it sits flat and then cut off the “cheeks” and slender strips around the core/seed. See here for two methods on cutting up a mango šŸ™‚ The “Alton Brown method” is similar to the one I favor.

I enjoy eating mango on it’s own but managed to save one to incorporate into an easy chop-chop vegetarian salad. This dish has plenty of bright flavors from juicy mango chunks, fresh squeezed lime and cilantro…basically it’s summer in a bowl! Plus, there is a variety of textures from the fresh crunchy bell pepper, creamy avocado chunks and soft but meaty black beans.

Just look at those colors!

This summer salad makes for a light lunch or dinner, but feel free to bulk it up with your favorite grilled protein or serve as a side dish. You could even chop up the ingredients into small pieces and serve it sans the lettuce for a hearty yummy salsa šŸ™‚

Chop-Chop Mango and Black Bean Salad


Lettuce, washed and chopped, enough for serving bowls (I used red leaf but romaine would work well)
1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 can black beans (or about 1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked)
1 avocado, cut into chunks
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
Juice from 2 limes
1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 small jalapeno, seeded/deveined and finely chopped, optional
sea salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste


1. Place chopped lettuce into serving bowls or plates (I used about 1/2 small head lettuce for 4 servings).
2. In a mixing bowl, add lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, jalapeno (if using), sea salt and pepper, and whisk to combine.
3. Add chopped mango, bell pepper, onion, black beans and avocado to lime dressing and toss to combine. Serve over bed of lettuce and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Enjoy!

This recipe is featured at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Amy’s Simply Sugar and Gluten Free blog this week!

Entry filed under: Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Dish, Refined Sugar Free, Soups and Salads, Vegan, Vegetarian. Tags: , , , , , , , , .

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lauren @ Recipes for a Quarterlife  |  August 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Looks SO refreshing! Mango is great in everything…I love it with quinoa and avocado with a simple lime dressing. yum!

  • 2. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  August 20, 2011 at 6:07 am

    That is one gorgeous salad! Funny, I saw it and immediately thought salsa… looks like we’re on the same page again…

    I can definitely see this one being served with a nice piece of grilled fish, either as a salsa or as a side dish.

    Hey, I’ve got a mango in the fridge… and fish! šŸ˜‰

    • 3. naturalnoshing  |  August 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      We definitely think alike : ) Fish would be a great compliment to the dish! Oh, how I love grilled fish…YUM!

  • 4. VintageMom  |  August 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    This looks great! I’m so tired of all-veggie salads… the mango and the avocado are just what I need šŸ™‚

  • 5. Sharon nowak  |  August 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Girl u can cook! This is awesome! I put roasted chicken in mine.

    • 6. naturalnoshing  |  August 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Awww thanks Sharon! šŸ™‚ Summer in a salad, right? YUM I bet chicken was great with this!!!

      • 7. Sharon nowak  |  August 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

        Yes! And the mango was WOW! Thanks for the tip on cutting it!

      • 8. naturalnoshing  |  August 24, 2011 at 7:37 am

        Mango and avocado definitely add the wow factor! Glad I could help with the cutting! šŸ™‚

      • 9. Sharon nowak  |  August 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

        Does Chris eat this??

      • 10. naturalnoshing  |  August 24, 2011 at 7:38 am

        Yep, sure does! He prefers it as a side salad since he always wants something “carby” for his meals though šŸ™‚

  • 11. Lindsay  |  August 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Did you get a new camera? Your pics are looking great!

    • 12. naturalnoshing  |  August 25, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Thank you Lindsay! I actually didn’t get a new camera but I set up a make-shift “blog shoot” upstairs with white foam-core board and a large TV tray with white linen, I think it makes the colors pop at little more… now I just need more dishes, napkins, props etc to jazz it up a bit!
      BTW – your fudge oreo brownies looks AMAZING! Your photos are beautiful as always!!! šŸ™‚

  • 13. sara  |  August 25, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Lovely salad! This looks so fresh and tasty, yum! šŸ™‚

    • 14. naturalnoshing  |  August 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

      Thanks Sara! It was definitely yummy! šŸ™‚

  • 15. Lauren  |  August 25, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Wow! This salad is beautiful, and looks absolutely delicious! It’s like summer on a plate, with all of those gorgeous colors.

    Can’t wait to try this one, as I’m a HUGE fan of both avocado and mango. Thanks for sharing!

    • 16. naturalnoshing  |  August 25, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Thanks Lauren – dont the colors on their own just make you want to eat it? I definitely “eat with my eyes” as they say šŸ™‚ I think you’ll like this if you like love mango and avocado!

  • 17.  |  August 25, 2011 at 9:53 am

    What a nice light dinner for summer. Yum!

  • 18. Tracie  |  August 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Just finding you today via TasteSpotting. This looks fantastic. 3 of my favorite things all in one place (mango, avocado, black beans), yes please!

    • 19. naturalnoshing  |  August 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Tracie! I love all 3 too, how could it not be good?!? šŸ™‚

  • 20. Micki  |  March 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after going through a few of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking it
    and checking back often!

  • 21. JKS  |  November 17, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve been making your salad for a couple of years now (found it on Foodgawker!). I always cut up the fruits and veggies very small and serve it as a salsa with tortilla chips. Never fails to get rave reviews – thank you!


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