Fiesta Salad

For more that 10 years, this salad has been one of my most requested dishes anytime I am bringing something to a pot luck or party. It is so good!

Mexican Fiesta Salad Black Bean and Corn

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.

Every bite of this salad is like fireworks of flavour. Black beans, corn, cucumbers and peppers make every bite exciting. But, I honestly think it is the lime vinaigrette that turns this salad into one of my most requested dishes.

Mexican Fiesta Salad Black Bean and Corn

Make sure that you give this salad enough to marinate. Once made, place it in the fridge for a minimum of one hour, and if possible let it marinate for around 3 hours. It will be worth it!

This salad gets better with age as well. Many people actually thinks it tastes better the second day, which is similar to my Bean Salad.

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

If you are wanting to make a Mexican dinner, then check out some of these other recipes that go very well alongside this salad!

Fiesta Salad

5 from 1 vote
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: 8


  • 1 can black beans (19oz/540ml) , drained
  • 1 can corn (12oz/340ml) , 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.


Per serving:

Calories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 6gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 553mgFiber: 6gSugar: 12g

Nutrition Disclaimer

Mexican Fiesta Salad Black Bean and Corn


Mexican Fiesta Salad Black Bean and Corn

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  • This is amazing! Thanks so much!

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  • This salad was wonderful to me!! Not only looked so pretty but it was delicious!

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    Micki from Montana

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

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  • 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!! 🙂

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    • Thanks Susan! That salad has been brought to soooo many parties/events. LOL Glad that you enjoy it.

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

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    • Thanks!! Appreciate that. Yeah the taste of this salad is awesome!

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

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

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  • 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!

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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