This black bean salad recipe is full of healthy ingredients and tastes tangy and satisfying, perfect for everything from potlucks to easy lunch ideas.

Black bean salad

“Food is love.” It’s the opening line of the new cookbook Husbands That Cook, and we could not agree more. Food has the power to bring people together: couples, families, friends, even enemies who break bread together come closer. And we could not wait to make this black bean salad from the book because it’s absolutely the type of recipe our friends and family would gather around! Keep reading for more about the book, Adam and Ryan, and the black bean salad recipe.

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Husbands that cook

About the book: Husbands That Cook

Husbands That Cook are just that: two husbands who love to cook! Adam and Ryan are two of the most genuinely kind people in the world of food. They started with a food blog, and now have released a book with the delicious recipes they make in their kitchen. It’s a vegetarian cookbook, which as mostly plant-based eaters made Alex and I excited (we can eat everything in the book!). It’s one of those gorgeous page-turners where each page makes you say, “Ooo, I want to make that!” That’s our top criteria for a good cookbook, and Adam and Ryan have nailed it. And, they’ve woven in their love story among the creative and well-executed recipes.

This black bean salad was fantastic, and if it’s an indicator of the rest of the recipes (which we think it is!), the flavors are all spot on. From another couple who loves to cook, we say, Hats off! It’s another great vegetarian cookbook to add to your collection.

Buy it: Husbands That Cook: More Than 120 Irresistible Vegetarian Recipes and Tales from Our Tiny Kitchen by Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin

Black bean salad

How to make black bean salad

This black bean salad is tangy and delicious, and we couldn’t stop eating it! It’s perfectly seasoned with cumin, garlic, and apple cider vinegar, and mixed with colored bell peppers, green onions and rice. It was a huge hit with Larson, so it’s kid friendly and a great healthy lunch idea or dinner time side. And, it’s perfect as an easy potluck recipe to take to a gathering. It’s totally plant based, vegan and gluten free, so it works for a variety of diets!

Another feature of this black bean salad: it can sit in the refrigerator for up to 3 days without losing flavor, so it’s perfect for making ahead and eating off of all week. Or for sitting for hours on the potluck table. When I saw it had 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, I knew we’d love it. A lot of salads lose flavor over time, but using a lot of apple cider vinegar helps it to stay tangy in the fridge for days.

This black bean salad is very easy to whip up: the only cooking required is boiling a pot of rice. The only place that requires a little finesse in the kitchen is dicing all those vegetables! At the beginning of Alex and my cooking journey, it would have taken me forever to chop two bell peppers and a bunch of green onions. And I wouldn’t have enjoyed it at all! These days, I love knife skills! Since it’s so helpful in this recipe, I’ve included our video of how to chop a bell pepper below. This method doesn’t get seeds all over the cutting board: which is super helpful.

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Black bean salad

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How to make black bean salad

Looking for easy potluck recipes?

Outside of this black bean salad, here are a few more easy potluck recipes:

  • Classic Vegan Potato Salad
  • Incredible Chopped Salad
  • Grilled Caesar Salad
  • Mexican Coleslaw Recipe
  • Greek Orzo Salad
  • Cucumber Salad with Vinegar
  • Favorite Potato Salad
  • Mexican Quinoa
  • Watermelon Salad with Feta & Cucumber
  • Greek Salad
  • Summer Panzanella
  • Easy Bean Salad
  • Vegan Italian Pasta Salad
  • Rice & Lentil Salad
  • Best Tossed Salad Recipe with Creamy Avocado Dressing
  • Strawberry Spinach Salad
  • French Potato Salad
  • 10 Summer Salads You Need Now
Black bean salad

This recipe is…

This black bean salad is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

How to make black bean salad

Easy Black Bean Salad

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 8 1-cup servings 1x
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This black bean salad recipe is full of healthy ingredients and tastes tangy and satisfying, perfect for everything from potlucks to easy lunch ideas.



  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 5 green onions
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pour 2 cups of water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then add the uncooked rice, stir to combine, and return to a boil. Cover pan, and reduce heat as low as possible. Simmer without opening the lid for 15 minutes, until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed. (Or, use our Stovetop White Rice or Instant Pot White Rice methods.)
  2. Finely chop the peppers. Thinly slice the green onions. Mince the garlic.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked rice, black beans, chopped red and yellow peppers, and scallions, and toss to combine.
  4. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, cumin, garlic, salt, and black pepper, Whisk thoroughly to combine, then pour over the rice mixture Toss gently to coat, then either serve immediately or keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Caribbean

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