Jan 25

Citrusy Mango Black Bean Salad

Blood Orange Mango Black Bean Salad

You'd think with the freezing temperatures we've been experiencing this week that I'd be craving a thick and hearty soup right now. But while that does sound delicious, what I've really been lusting after lately is anything with a bright and fresh citrus flavor!

Perhaps it's because when I walked into Walmart the other day, table after table of bright citrus fruits greeted me, along with signs announcing their Citrus Celebration. Fresh plummelos, minneaola tangelos, clementines, blood oranges, and Persian limes are just a few of varieties available at my store.

Citrus Celebration at Walmart

I picked up a case of clementines (can't get enough of these little gems!), and then I spotted a bag of blood oranges and tossed them into the cart, as well, along with some meyer lemons and limes.

Blood Oranges

If you've never tried blood oranges, you're totally missing out. While they look much like a traditional orange from the outside, slicing one in half reveals gorgeous, juicy, ruby red flesh. They're more tart than a regular orange, which makes them a perfect addition to this mango black bean salad.

Inspired by my guacamole salad, this citrusy mango black bean salad is very similar to the simple salad I served with my Jamaican jerk spicy grilled shrimp last summer.

Blood Orange Mango Black Bean Salad

I simply can't get enough of this delicious flavor combination! The tartness of the blood oranges pairs perfectly with the sweet, creamy mango. The pinch of cayenne in the lime vinaigrette adds a little unexpected heat and the red onion a little bite, while the black beans add some filling bulk.

I may have eaten the entire batch myself in under 24 hours... Hey, it's healthy, right?!?

Citrusy Mango Black Bean Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Citrusy Mango Black Bean Salad


  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 blood oranges, segmented
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (approx. 1 med. lime)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Add the black beans, blood orange, mango, red onion, and cilantro to a medium mixing bowl.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together lime juice, kosher salt, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Slowly drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil while whisking vigorously.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and gently combine.
  4. Refrigerate for about one hour to allow the flavors to come together.


I like to serve this black bean salad over fresh baby spinach, but it's equally delicious on its own and can double as a salsa with tortilla chips, as well.

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by Tara | 7 comments

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Peggy January 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

This sounds like a perfect lunch salad! Love all of the citrus =)
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Cassie | Bake Your Day January 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Gorgeous salad, Tara! I love the blood oranges!
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Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs January 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Tara, this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

Looks utterly irresistible!
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Paula - bell'alimento January 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I love anything with black beans.
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Angie January 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm

What an amazing salad, I adore black beans too!
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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles January 30, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I love the bright colors and flavors with the black beans, just what I need right now!
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