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Black Bean Mango Salad

Black Bean Mango Salad

Serves: 4

Category: Salads, Dressings, Dips and Sauces
Author: joaneo
Tags: Aggressive Weight Loss

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This wonderful combination of mangos, corn and black beans is a must-try recipe. It’s easy and refreshing with the perfect blend of flavors.

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2 ears of corn, husked or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
2 mangos, peeled, pitted and diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 cups cooked black beans or 2 (15 ounce) cans no-or-low salt black beans drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
dash chili powder
9 cups chopped romaine lettuce


If using fresh corn on the cob, steam for 7 minutes or until tender, drain, cool and cut kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob.

Mix all the ingredients, except the lettuce in a bowl. Let stand for at least 15 minutes. Serve on top of the lettuce.

The vegetable mixture without the mango can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. Add the mango and a splash of lime juice just before serving.

Calories 233; Protein 11 g; Carbohydrates 48 g; Sugars 18 g; Total Fat 1.6 g; Saturated Fat 0.3 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 16 mg; Fiber 12.5 g; Beta-Carotene 4813 ug; Vitamin C 75 mg; Calcium 78 mg; Iron 3.4 mg; Folate 303 ug; Magnesium 100 mg; Potassium 842 mg; Zinc 1.5 mg; Selenium 2.4 ug

Comments (39):



06/24/2006 11:28 AM

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This has become a family favorite. We have even served this to guests who rave about the wonderful combination of color, flavor, and texture.

I have substituted red onion for green onion when it wasn't available and it worked great. I always used fresh corn when available--better flavor than frozen. Routinely I substitute mixed greens for one cup of romaine. I also dice 1-2 tomatoes (depending on size) which seems to add a bit more liquid (dressing) to the salad.


06/25/2006 08:06 PM

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I TRIED THIS TODAY But forgot to buy the Mango so I used and Orange instead. This is delicious. I can't wait to try it with the Mango.


04/17/2007 12:18 PM

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This was wonderful! We couldn't find mango so we used frozen peaches, thawed and chopped. I made it the day before so all the flavors bleded together. What a treat!!


03/17/2008 01:04 PM

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I wish I could give this a 6, or better yet, a 10.
I used (defrosted) frozen mango chunks, and this was fabulous.

The colors---and tastes---really are spectacular. My husband takes this to committee lunch meetings, and his colleagues are all impressed with the delicious looking healthy food.
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01/07/2009 05:11 PM

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My SAD-addicted hubby and houseguest devoured this salad. I served it twice. They did beg me to add a chicken breast to theirs the second time, which I did, but I couldn't believe THEY ate something with no salt in it.

tough chick

07/05/2009 07:43 PM

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I am new to ETL and this was the first recipe I made. It was fabulous! It tasted great and the colors were beautiful. I substituted red onion for the green onions and added avocado. I am looking forward to sharing this with my non- ETL friends.


11/30/2009 11:40 AM

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Great recipie.. I didn't have cumin or oregano and substituted one sweet onion for the green onions but it came out great. Two people got parts of three meals out of it. My girlfriend loved it to.. This is going to become a frequent part of our meal plan..



05/06/2011 09:48 AM

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This recipe is a huge favorite. Thanks go to LaurieInOklahoma for introducing me to this recipe, which she served to me at her house. We don't get any decent frozen mango where we live though, so we much prefer it when served with good fresh mangos.


05/20/2011 11:18 AM

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This is a very yummy salad. I wouldn't say it serves 6 though, unless being served as a side. My husband, 5 year old daughter and I had this for dinner and there were no leftovers! My daughter herself had two bowls!


05/23/2011 12:28 AM

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This is a very tasty recipe, especially the next day. Also really nice over a bed of spinach as well. I would probably double the portion for a meal-sized salad.


07/14/2011 11:30 PM

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I totally agree with Jana and KateVee. This definitely does not serve 6 if you are looking for meal sized servings, and as we all know "The Salad is the Main Dish!". I always double this recipe to make 6 servings, and then I add 1/2 ounce of sunflower seeds to each serving.


08/25/2011 11:16 PM

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Very good salad. I was going to dock a star because its not quick to prepare but I thought that would be unfair. I just thought it was a little cumbersome with all the chopping. It's very good. It's a definite keeper.

Wild Flower

10/24/2011 02:07 PM

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We were disappointed in this one. We've tried it twice, and I would add more mango, more chili powder, and less lettuce. Our black bean mango mixture was lost in the volume of greens and it just tasted very plain. Perhaps a mango/chili salad dressing would compensate as well if the same amount of greens were used.


12/05/2011 10:32 PM

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this is magical. all the flavours mix really well together.


02/16/2012 01:38 AM

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Delicious with a capital "D"!! What a great combination of colors, flavors and textures; a truly delightful experience for my tastebuds. The leftovers tasted just as good two days later. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

Beverly Wood

03/30/2012 11:37 PM

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This is A very excellent recipe, not to mention my husband and me loved the flvor and all the ingrediants together gave this dish A very great flavor just the way the ingrediants blended so well together


04/14/2012 09:51 PM

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This is the first meal I prepared on the Eat to Live, six weeks program. I am amazed by how flavorful and appetizing this dish truly is. I love the combination of the bitter lime, sweet mango and smokey cumin. I placed the bean mixture on top of a bed of fresh spinach and romaine lettuce then added fresh ground pepper and balsamic vinegar. Yum!


04/24/2012 05:46 PM

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This was my FIRST E2L Salad, and I LOVED It!!!!! Coming from me this is HUGE! I've only been on E2L for 2 days, I have a wicked headache, and believe me, my palate has not had time to change. Until today I HATED salads, and LOVED SUGAR. I was downright scared I might not be able to EVER make Salad the Main Dish. Thank God I tried this salad! My teenage daughter and I were blown away, and now I KNOW I can do this for the rest of my life! Thanks Dr. Fuhrman!!!!


05/06/2012 03:09 PM

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Great salad summer. Very refreshing.


06/12/2012 10:30 PM

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Very colorful, very tasty. I served it with "Cheesy" Kale Soup and veggy hamburgers. Yum! Delicious dinner again, two nights in a row. So far I'm impressed with the recipes I've tried.


03/19/2013 02:59 AM

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Great dish!! Love it! I've made it 3 times now and each time is perfect. I spoon this into big lettuce leaves and roll it up and eat it. Very satisfying! I like it better with red onion in it, chopped fine in my food processor; but I really like onion. Thanks for a terrific recipe!


04/10/2013 12:54 PM

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Very pretty looking - lots of colour. Mango & peppers are sweet while lime juice adds a bit of sour. i found it could use a bit more liquid as dressing so maybe increase the volume of juice & spice? Would make this again for sure.


07/08/2013 08:59 PM

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Soo delicious!! I was leary when it had no dressing to go on it, but the seasoning and the mango make it so good. Will definitely be making this again.


12/25/2013 08:27 PM

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Had this at a Fuhrman Seminar for lunch. Made it today for Christmas dinner, along with Russian Fig Dressing, and a topping of sliced romaine, tomato, diced avocado. Delicious! My recipe called for one mango, not two, but the rest is the same. It served 2 adults and one child and there was nothing left, not even a crumb for a mouse.


01/16/2014 09:11 AM

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Great tasting and easy to make


05/23/2014 07:32 PM

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Got hooked on a fast food restaurant version a few years ago, but they put chips, cheese and an ugly slimmy sauce on it and I always forgot to ask them to hold something when I ordered it. So this is definitely a favorite. We don't get great mangos in Central Wisconsin so I use fresh Roma (plum) tomatoes instead and it is soooooo good that I have never wanted to try it any other way. It is really good on the lettuce, but I have wrapped it in a GF tortilla shell or rice wrap for a meal on the go, and eaten it as a side dish (and a main dish) without the lettuce. I've even served the beans portion with tortilla chips as a party dish (most leave the chips and just eat the beans it's so good) - even the SAD kids and teens go nuts over this, including the ones that won't eat anything that looks remotely healthy.

This recipe will always be one of my go-to and to-go recipes. YUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMYYYYY!
This comment was last edited on 09/13/2015 11:52 PM


11/08/2014 08:29 AM

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This was delicious. This recipe reminds me of two salads I made, and loved, pre-ETL, and this one was every bit as good. The leftovers, even with the mango already added, were just as delicious the next day with a drizzle of more lime juice to freshen the flavors. I think the red onion would be even better in this recipe than the green onions. Can't wait to try it again!


06/07/2015 07:37 AM

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Did everyone wait until they served the salad to add mango or could the mango meld overnight with the rest of the salad? This is a 5 star recipe. For some reason, I was unable to give it 5 stars.
This comment was last edited on 07/25/2015 07:00 PM


07/06/2015 07:02 PM

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The best combination of sweet and savoury. This has become my summer go-to recipe for potlucks and lunch gatherings.


07/24/2015 11:02 PM

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I have made this salad a few times for potlucks. I have made it with scallions or red onions- both are good. I use red and green pepper and parsley instead of cilantro as we do not like cilantro. Tomorrow I will make it for my square dance club picnic- conventional eaters. I am going to try pineapple instead of mango this time. I use frozen fruit to make it easier to prepare..


07/24/2015 11:59 PM

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This was just as delicious as the first time we made it, and we look forward to having the leftovers tomorrow.


07/25/2015 09:57 AM

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This is one of the best recipes ever. We love it!!!
There are not enough stars for me to rate this one because I give it a 10 star rating.
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07/27/2015 10:23 PM

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This recipe was an adventure for us ... and our taste buds! I'd never used fresh mangoes before and wasn't sure I'd like them with the bean / corn / lime combo. Turns out that it is a fabulous melding of flavors. Give it a try!


08/05/2015 03:42 PM

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This recipie is now a family favorite. It is simple to make and delicious. I definitely cut back the amount of lettuce. This us a perfect salad to bring to work for lunch!!!


12/22/2016 06:06 PM

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This recipe is delicious as is. Sometimes I top it with a little sour cream or plain greek yogurt, chopped avacado, salsa, and feta cheese-just for a little extra. 


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07/31/2017 01:05 AM

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This was colorful but very bland.  I'm not sure I would make it again without adding something to it to add more flavor.


02/17/2019 01:44 PM

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Wonderful recipe. Our family has been enjoying this scrumptious salad regularly for several years. Also, the topping alone (without the Romaine) makes a great bean salad. Remember to let it sit for awhile, which allows the flavors to mingle. It tastes much better that way. Favorite variant: substitute pineapple for the mango, substitute one teaspoon ancho chili powder for the dash of regular chili powder, add one chopped orange bell pepper, and skip the cilantro.

This comment was last edited on 02/28/2019 08:20 PM


04/03/2019 11:10 PM

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whole family liked this


04/23/2019 03:58 PM

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Wow this is soooo good!  I didn't add corn but I added avocado instead.  I added way more cilantro and hot chili powder.  A new favorite for sure!!!