Loaded with fresh tomatoes, peppers and cilantro and seasoned with cumin and chile, this shrimp and black bean salad recipe has all the flavors of a great fresh salsa and is a quick and easy no-cook recipe. Serve with tortilla chips or fresh corn tortillas.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2012




Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk vinegar, oil, chipotle, cumin and salt in a large bowl. Add shrimp, beans, tomatoes, poblano (or bell pepper), scallions and cilantro; toss to coat. Serve room temperature or cold.



Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeños packed in a flavorful sauce. Look for the small cans with Mexican foods at large supermarkets. Once opened, they'll keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.

For shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices, look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as the Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America--it's more likely to be sustainably caught. To peel, grasp the legs and hold onto the tail while you twist off the shell. To devein, use a paring knife to make a slit along the length of the shrimp. Remove the dark digestive tract (or “vein”) with the knife tip.

Nutrition Facts

272 calories; protein 20.7g 42% DV; carbohydrates 19.2g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 5.9g 24% DV; sugars 4.9g; fat 12.2g 19% DV; saturated fat 1.7g 8% DV; cholesterol 142.9mg 48% DV; vitamin a iu 756.1IU 15% DV; vitamin c 32.5mg 54% DV; folate 80.5mcg 20% DV; calcium 107.6mg 11% DV; iron 2.1mg 12% DV; magnesium 34.3mg 12% DV; potassium 532.8mg 15% DV; sodium 409.6mg 16% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 16% DV.

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Easy on the eyes and super tasty. Of course i soaked and boiled my own beans. Boiled my own shrimp too according to a delicious joy of cooking recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and versatile! We really enjoyed the intense flavors and textures of this dish. I didn't have cumin or scallions but it tasted just fine. Lends itself well to the addition of other ingredients. I added a little bit of fresh corn chopped mango sliced avocado and drizzled a bit of lime juice over the top. Will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Agreed with all the comments. Killer simple recipe great fir high protein lunch or dinner. The chiles cilantro and scallions give it a ton of flavor. I agree that it could use a squeeze of lime at the end and avocado. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have made this recipe at least a dozen times. It is so good that I didn't want to share it! Sometimes we put it in burritos with a smidge of sour creme or a pinch of cheese but usually it gets eaten right out of the mixing bowl. The more hot sauce the better! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Zippy Yummy and Delicious! I found this recipe and can't stop raving about it. It was so easy to make. You can substitute larger shrimp with smaller shrimp. To brighten the flavours at the end I squeezed a 1/2 lime. Very yummy! I'm making this for my next summer party. Pros: Easy to make Cons: Can't think of any Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great Foundation recipe! This is a solid recipe to start with and it's so easy to build upon according to your tastes! We used a tbs of Chipotle Chili Powder (found in the spice aisle) because our grocery was out of adobo. I'm not sure what the difference in taste is but this substitution tasted amazing! We also added juice from one lime and a ripe avocado and it was so perfect. My recommendation is to keep the wet ingredients as listed and experiment with the dry ingredients meat/veggies. Pros: Healthy Light Fast Prep Delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
So flavorful and fast! My husband and I loved this salad. We make it just as it is written! It is definitely going the the regular rotation especially for the summer when I can't stand eating hot food for dinner. Pros: Easy fast great for weeknights healthy Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tried a vegetarian substitution I really like this recipe. The first time I tried it as written which is delicious I wanted to make a vegetarian version to share with my girlfriend. For the veggie version I skipped the shrimp and added chunks of hard boiled egg white (the yolks would just break up and change the texture of the rest of the dish- save them for something else like deviled eggs or egg salad) and also some chunks of lightly sauteed mushrooms. The eggs make up for protein missing from the shrimp while the mushrooms have a little firmer texture and add a bit of flavor as well. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Go Caribbean I substituted the cherry tomatoes with cited mango and added lime juice. For some reason I didn't think the tomatoes and mangos would go well together but do what you will. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This came together so quickly 20 minutes including chopping everything up. I love starches so served with brown rice. I also love spicy so I doubled the chipotles. Also it had a bit too much shrimp for my taste. I'll probably use half the shrimp and add avocado next time. Super bold flavors and healthy. Pros: Easy Healthy Quick Yummy Cons: NULL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Although delicious as is I felt it screamed for avocado. The addition of some avocado chunks made it perfect. I made a double batch and ate it practically alone in a three days. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent! This is SO good! Not too spicy could use more tang like another poster said maybe some lime juice. Could be served over brown rice couscous quinoa Pros: Great hot or cold Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Pure and Utter Deliciousness! I have made this salad numerous times and it is out of this world! The perfect balance of zest and spice. The poblano pepper is a must for those who like a little heat. I will make this again and again. Total YUM! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Fast easy delicious Took this to an outdoor concert/picnic and it was a hit. Will definitely make again. Only deviation i made was to substitute parsley for cilantro (never got that gene). May add a chili from the adobo sauce next time. But that's a personal preference. Great dish Pros: Nutritious tasty comes together in a flash Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Good RT or cold Made this as described except that I used the juice of 1 lime made up to volume with cider vinegar. The chipotle in adobo and cumin renders most of the flavor but it still seems to need something - can't think what. Pros: Comes together easily Cons: Needs something to move from good to great Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Yumm I really liked this recipe and will make it again. Next time though I will probably add a little lime juice to it Pros: Easy quick and tasty Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Just OK It looked like a great recipe and had ingredients that I like but it was blah. I may make it again but if I do it will be with lime instead of cider vinegar I think that might give it a brighter flavor. Pros: Easy Healthy Cons: Kind of flat Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Flavorful easy and quick! I doubled the adobo chili because we really like spice. This was great as a dinner with a few artisinal chiptole chips. My husband raved about it. Looked good and tasted good. Pros: Easy full of flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Perfect summer meal This has been added to my list of favorite summer dishes. The cumin and cilantro and pepper give it a 'chili-flavored' flair that really pops this dish. I felt I needed a starch with it so I cooked up some jasmine rice for the side which I ended up mixing in. Delicious! A must try! Pros: easy cool very tasty Cons: a little veggie-cutting involved slightly expensive Read More