This Santa Fe Bean Salad Is A Fresh and Flavorful Fiesta On Your Plate

Looking for a vibrant, nutritious, and delicious salad that can brighten up any meal OR be the star of the show? Look no further! This Santa Fe Bean Salad is a perfect blend of fresh veggies and protein-packed beans, dressed in a tangy and slightly spicy dressing. It’s a wonderful dish that’s not only pleasing to the palate but also to the eye.


Santa Fe Bean Salad

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Nutritional Information

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Calories: 332 Kcal per serving
Fats: 15g
Carbohydrates: 42g
Protein: 11g

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You’ll need to make the salad and dressing separately. Here’s what you need:

For the salad

  • 2 Romaine hearts, chopped
  • 1 cup (170g) canned chickpeas
  • 1 cup (170g) canned black beans
  • 1 cup (250g) canned sweetcorn
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • A handful of fresh coriander, chopped


For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander

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santa fe black bean salad



1. Combine the Greens: In a large salad bowl, toss together the chopped Romaine hearts, red onion, and coriander.

2. Add the Beans: Drain and rinse the chickpeas, black beans, and sweetcorn under cold water to remove any excess sodium. Add them to the salad bowl.

3. Prepare the Dressing: In a blender or food processor, combine the peanut butter, lime juice, white wine vinegar, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, agave syrup, and fresh cilantro. Blend until the dressing is smooth and creamy.

4. Dress it Up: Pour the freshly made dressing over the bean and chickpea salad. Toss well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.

5. Serve Immediately: This salad is best enjoyed fresh. Serve it as a wholesome side dish or as a light and satisfying meal on its own.

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santa fe black bean salad recipe


Tips and Variations

To keep this fully plant-based or vegan, make sure the peanut butter and agave syrup are vegan.

If you have some on hand, crunch a few tortilla chips over this salad for extra crunch and flavor.

To further reduce calories and make this even better for weight loss, omit the olive oil – you’ll significantly reduce calorie and fat intake and the salad will taste just as good!


clean eating spring meal bean salad




There you have it – a simple, flavorful, and health-friendly spring or summer salad that’s ready in a flash!

Whether you’re on a weight loss journey, seeking a lighter and cleaner diet, or simply love fresh, plant-based meals, this salad is sure to satisfy.

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Alex from Eat Those Plants
Alex from Eat Those Plants

My name is Alex and I'm a passionate advocate of a whole food plant-based lifestyle. Since losing over 40 pounds on a vegan diet I've created the Eat Those Plants website to help you look good and feel great by putting more plants on your plate!