This Fiesta salad is a crowd-pleasing recipe that's ready to serve instantly like a breeze. This Mexican style salad is delicious with bright flavors. Very comforting and light salad perfect for a weeknight dinner. This Fiesta taco salad is naturally a vegan and vegetarian recipe.
If you are searching for a party salad to easy to whip up? you would adore this Fiesta salad recipe. You have everything in here, the colors, the taste, the texture, and the aroma.
About this recipe
This fiesta corn and black bean salad is a refreshing side loaded with vegetables, beans, and enhanced with rich flavors. Furthermore, it's a huge time-saving recipe, simply toss all the listed ingredients. And you are good to go.
Why this Fiesta salad fabulous? It's loaded with vegetables, it's quick to prepare, no pre-cooking is needed.
Highly customizable to your liking, add your favorite toppings, or adjust the heat. No hard and fast rules play in here. Just toss the vegetables and the seasonings, and enjoy every bite with awesome texture.
What is the Fiesta salad?
This is a Mexican style salad usually made with black bean, corn, avocado, peppers, lime, and cilantro. That is known for its rich, bright aroma and the heat. Every bite makes you remember your recent visit to the Mexican restaurant.
The key ingredients and its facts
Black bean. Canned black bean is convenient and makes this freshii Fiesta salad faster. But you may use home-cooked black beans as well. For this, soak the dry black bean overnight, and cook with water until it turns soft.
Give a body to the salad and make us feel full for a long time.
Corn. I have used frozen corn for its convenience. Feel free to use fresh corn when they are in season.
Tomato. Any verity of tomato works fine here, like vine, aroma, cherry, or plum tomato. Its light, juicy, little tangy, that brings the lime juice and the other components together.
Sweet onion. It's crunchy and blends well with red pepper and jalapeno. Yellow onion is equally great as well.
Cucumber. How can this left out when onion and tomato is present. Such a cooling element to enhance the overall flavors.
Jalapeno. It's optional but highly encouraged for its heat. The seeds determine the heat, a little amount turns the this Fiesta salad to mild or spicy.
Red pepper. Added for the color and the crunch. Swap with green or yellow pepper.
Cilantro. Robust in flavors makes the salad fresh and light. Fresh is always the better and there is not a short cut for substitution.
Lime juice. Added for its brilliant flavors and enchanting taste. Lemon juice is great to swap in this Fiesta taco salad.
How to make Fiesta salad?
To prepare. Open drain the black bean, thaw the frozen corn, chop all the vegetables into small bite-size pieces.
Combine. In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients. And gently combine everything together.
Serve. And enjoy serving as a side salad.
Pro tips. Want to enhance the Fiesta corn salad more, toss store-bought salsa along with the other ingredients. It's a great flavorsome variation that everyone at the party will fell in love with.
Make-ahead + storing idea
Make ahead. Chop all the vegetables except tomato upto 1 day in advance. And store them in the air sealed container in the refrigerator. And mix them just before serving.
To store. Refrigerate the Fiesta salad in the airtight container to use upto 3 days.
To freeze. The tomato gets disintegrated when frozen. So, freezing the salad is not advisable.
How to serve?
As a side salad. Serve this salad to make any meal more delectable. This quickly freshens up the main course effortlessly.
As appetizer. Serve with corn chip or tortilla chips. Fiesta salad with the corn chips is ultimate for the party and a large crowd.
As a meal. Add protein of your choice to the salad to make a wholesome dinner. Grilled chicken, shredded chicken, store-bought rotisserie chicken are some of the top picks.
Rice. Add cooked rice to the salad and serve as a wholesome dinner. This Fiesta rice salad is brilliant and delicious.
Ground beef. Cook ground beef with red pepper and taco seasoning until no pink remains. Let it in low heat until the moisture completely evaporates. Add to the salad.
Chicken. Thinking of adding some protein? add grilled chicken bites. And this combo turns out to be incredible, and this fiesta chicken salad turns out as finger-licking taste.
Tortilla. Add fried tortilla strips, chopped avocado, tortilla chips.
Cheese. Add queso fresco cheese to make this Fiesta salad more authentic.
Sour cream. One of the traditional ingredients makes this salad delightful. Greek yogurt is the lighter variation for this.
Bacon. Add cooked, and crumbled pieces of bacon for the crisp texture.
Seasoning. Taco or fajita seasoning if needed.
Printable recipe card
- ½ can black beans drained (8oz)
- ½ can corn drained (8oz)
- ½ cup cucumber diced
- ½ cup sweet onion diced finely
- ½ cup tomato
- ½ cup red pepper cored and diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper cored and diced finely
- ⅓ cup cilantro washed and minced
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- ½ cup salsa
- ½ tsp salt
- In the serving bowl, add drained black beans, corn kernels, chopped cucumber, onion, tomato, red pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, salsa, and salt.
- Mix with a slotted spoon thorughly until combined.
- Serve with taco or as side salad.