Crunchy Mexican Salad with Spicy Cilantro Vinaigrette

A spicy cilantro vinaigrette gives this black bean salad Mexican flair. We used the beans for protein, but if you have cooked chicken on hand, you can use that instead. Also, if you have it, finish the salad with a quarter of an avocado for a boost of healthy fats.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
about 3 1/4 cups


  • 2 cups Veggie Crunch Salad (see associated recipe)

  • ½ cup rinsed canned low-sodium black beans

  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper

  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves

  • 2 tablespoons roasted, salted pumpkin seeds

  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette (see associated recipe)


  1. Pack salad, beans, bell pepper, cilantro and pumpkin seeds in an airtight storage container or large mason jar. Pack vinaigrette separately in a small jar. Just before eating, add the vinaigrette to the salad and toss.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Associated Recipes

Veggie Crunch Salad

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

404 Calories
20g Fat
44g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Serving Size about 3 1/4 cups
Calories 404
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 16g 56%
Total Sugars 10g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 16g 31%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Vitamin A 13866IU 277%
Vitamin C 179mg 199%
Folate 157mcg 39%
Sodium 418mg 18%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 5mg 26%
Magnesium 186mg 44%
Potassium 1186mg 25%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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