Mexican Fiesta Salad Black Bean and Corn

Fiesta Salad

I think that everyone has a ‘go-to’ dish that they regularly make for family reunions, church picnics, pot lucks etc. For some it may be a potato salad, or green bean casserole. For others it might be lasagna or cheesecake.

Well, this Fiesta Salad is what I typically bring to any pot luck or family gathering. I have made it for years and it is often expected that I bring my Fiesta Salad.

Mexican Fiesta Salad Black Bean and Corn

The Fiesta Salad is amazing. The ingredients provide a nice Mexican flavour and the comination of cilantro and lime juice give the salad a bright fresh taste. I have regularly refused to give out this recipe to anyone who asks.

Mexican Fiesta Salad Black Bean and Corn

Many in my family will actually be surprised to see it on my blog. I give this recipe out with one condition; no one in my family can bring it to a family gathering. OK? 🙂

Mexican Fiesta Salad Black Bean and Corn

Fiesta Salad

A fresh Mexican style salad made with black beans, corn, peppers, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Brighten up any meal with this incredible salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 1 can corn drained
  • 1 red pepper cored and diced
  • 1/2 English cucumber diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced finely
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (optional) cored and diced finely
  • 1/3 cup cilantro washed and minced
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (2 or 3 limes usually)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Toss black beans, corn, red pepper, cucumber, onion and cilantro in a large bowl.
  • In a separate container mix the oil, lime juice, sugar and salt together until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour the dressing on the salad and stir until everything is coated. Let the salad marinate in the fridge for about 1 hour.
  • Serve cold.

Mexican Fiesta Salad Black Bean and Corn

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. My wife and I love these kind of dishes. Simple and full of flavor. Will have to give this Fiesta Salad a try. What do you think about adding in some diced mangos or peaches?

  2. Your recipe for “Fiesta Salad” is very similar to a a recipe “Black Bean Salsa”. Just dip a chip and eat. It’s irresistable. I even eat it as a noon time meal. I’ll submit it for you to try. Makes a large bowlful.

  3. Looks delish. Would be a great side with fish tacos too!

  4. Yum, this is right up my alley! I love all of these flavors and I like some of the ideas from the other comments about creative uses for it too!

  5. Great recipe for a take along. I bet your family will be surprised how simple it is. I love simple ingredients well prepared

  6. This looks great! So simple and speedy – I can almost taste it already!

  7. I must say your culinary skills are wonderful. I make this salad in the same way. Love the taste.

  8. I love this salad. Steve made it for a social event, which has now become an annual event! I did coerce the recipe out of him, on that same condition that I not make it for any event that Steve will be attending together! Thanks, Steve!! 🙂

  9. Making this tonight Steve! Once again, you’re our go-to-guy for delicious recipes! 🙂

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