Avocado and Three Bean Salad + Video

Avocado and Three Bean Salad is a refreshing salad for all your entertaining needs
A filling and satisfying dish, this Avocado and Three Bean Salad is the perfect side to any meal. It's ready in minutes and you likely have most of the ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator. See this recipe made on video here.

Summer weather has hit here in Oregon with temperatures in the high 90's. It has me reaching for easy recipes that do not require the stove or the oven. It also helps that this salad is not laden with a heavy dressing, letting the beans and fresh veggies stand out. I'm telling you it's amazing!

I know so many of us are accustomed to the classic three bean salad with green beans, garbanzos and kidney beans with a tangy vinaigrette. This recipe adds some southwest flair to mix or maybe it's Tex-Mex in its own way.

Avocado and Three Bean Salad the beans
On their own the beans are colorful and beautiful and make up a flavorful base for this salad.

Avocado and Three Bean Salad is perfect for a summertime barbecue side dish
When all the ingredients are together not only is this salad a delicious side dish, but it will stand out on your buffet table. Aren't the colors are striking?!

Avocado and Three Bean Salad your new side dish 
I tossed my avocado in the lime juice before adding it to the salad, which will help keep the avocado from browning.

Avocado and Three Bean Salad
Since the salad can be put together in 15 minutes, you will not hesitate to make this again and again for lots of occasions. It has seriously become one of the most popular recipes on my site!

Avocado and Three Bean Salad is a filling and satisfying dish

Avocado and Three Bean Salad a favorite side dish

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Avocado and Three Bean Salad

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for NoblePig.com | Serves: 8


  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can whole kernal corn, drained
  • 1 large orange or red bell pepper, diced
  • 12 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 large avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed or finely diced


  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
  • Note: After cutting up my avocado I tossed it in the lime juice then added the avocado and the juice to the salad. This will help with the avocado not turning brown before serving.

If you would like to see this recipe made on VIDEO, you can check it out here

Other Three Bean Salad Recipes You Might Enjoy:

  1. Three Bean Salad with Wild Rice
  2. Italian 3 Bean Salad
  3. 3 Bean Quinoa Salad with Lime Dressing
  4. Pineapple Three Bean Salad
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48 Comments and 26 Replies

  1. Linda Toan 1

    Perfect for todays 100 degrees here in the Gorge! Thank you for sharing.

  2. mary sampson 2

    We live in Vancouver Washington the temperature was 97 the highest in 38 years since moving here from Colorado in 1978, the earliest it has been so hot in almost 40 years, I cannot cook whatsoever bought a west kitchen home, it gets to be 99 at noon must put the a/c on and I make sammies up and salads so we can survive, we go to the Washington coast often to escape this heat..This salad looks like a big winner and yummy too adore avocados and will be making and keeping it in the fridge all summer and probably winter too!

  3. We jumped right into summer here in Florida too, tropical storms and all! I love that this salad is so fresh and flavorful. I could eat this for lunch or as a side dish with my favorite grilled entree.

  4. Oooooh how colorful and fresh!! This would be so amazing with some tortilla chips :)

  5. So great for summer! All the colors and fresh flavors! I am all over anything with avocado, so I just want to grab a spoon!

  6. I am in love! I eat meals like this for dinner instead of a side or appetizer. It would be really hard to share… :)

  7. Love the Tex-Mex mix up of this! It’s gorgeous and I’d love to just dig right in!

  8. This is the perfect dish to bring to a barbecue or potluck!

  9. Perfect summer refreshing salad! Love it!

  10. This is such a great salad/side dish to go with any Mexican inspired dish, yum!

  11. What a beautiful salad! Such yummy south west flavors too!

  12. It is toasty in Denver! This salad sounds like the perfect way to beat the heat!

  13. Cathy, this looks amazing. The perfect summer salad!

  14. This seriously just screams summer, Cathy! So delish!

  15. This is the most perfect, fresh-looking salad ever!

  16. Three bean salad is awesome – but I have never added avocado! Awesome!

  17. Aurora 17

    This salad is awesome. I have made it on several occasions and everyone has loved it. I have been asked for the recipe by many and they have had the same reaction by guest. In fact, I am on the site now to copy and send to someone. I have used a large bag of frozen sweet corn and grilled it when corn was not in season and it was great as well. This salad is definitely worth the effort and gets easier each time you make it.

  18. Kerri 18

    Have served this recipe for dinner when entertaining and everyone loved it. It is a little labor intensive, but very much worth it. My husband gets headaches from jalapeno peppers so I grilled a combination of red and orange sweet peppers. I also used cannellini beans instead of the pinto just because we like them better. The flavors blend together deliciously! Enjoy!

  19. Shana 19

    Oh my, this looks so good! All those colors and wonderful favors mixed together. I will definitely be adding this recipe to our Mexican Family Dinner Night. Thank you,!

  20. Barbara 20

    Is it possible to get the nutritional information for this?

  21. Barbara Durrell 24

    Ok tnx I’ve never been on that website.

    • Cathy 25

      Yeah it’s simple and you will be able to do it for all your recipes. Totally handy.

      • Pam Lemm 26

        I put this into MyFitnessPal and here’s what I came up with. Note: I used 1/4 cup of Olive Oil, instead of the 1/2 cup that it called for. I also don’t know what the service size is…. maybe 1/2 cup?
        Nutrition Facts
        Servings 8.0
        Amount Per Serving
        calories 357
        % Daily Value *
        Total Fat 9 g 14 %
        Saturated Fat 1 g 7 %
        Monounsaturated Fat 6 g
        Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
        Trans Fat 0 g
        Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
        Sodium 576 mg 24 %
        Potassium 433 mg 12 %
        Total Carbohydrate 46 g 15 %
        Dietary Fiber 13 g 51 %
        Sugars 4 g
        Protein 17 g 33 %
        Vitamin A 13 %
        Vitamin C 50 %
        Calcium 7 %
        Iron 12 %

        • Cathy 27

          Thanks. I think serving size is likely a little bigger, but I would have to measure next time I make it.

        • Lindsay 28

          Just made this in the serving size is one cup 😃

        • Lauren 29

          Is that the calories for the entire portion that was made? So The calories for an actual serving size for let’s say a cup, would be less than that 357? Did I read that right?

          Thank you!

  22. Kim 30

    How long will avocado stay green?

  23. Chris Johnson 32

    I slightly modified the way I made this recipe. I used fresh roasted corn, also roasted my red pepper, and I added thinly sliced fresno chiles. I did not omit any of the ingredients in the recipe and it came out very nice.

  24. Mich 35

    I loved the concept of the salad, I added the 1/2 cup of olive oil and thought it was too much, I’d recommend just using a 1/4 cup which I’ll try next time… Thanks for the recipe.

    • Eric 36

      I came here to say basically the same thing, I loved the recipe but the oil was a little overbearing. 1/4 cup at the most. Everything else was perfect!

  25. This was very delicious, and easy. As a realtor ,I usually make dinner in the morning.Never know if I will be home early enough to cook. Plus this is a cool summer recipe and even though it is almost October ,today in Fort Worth it will be 97 degrees . Since I made it ahead of time I didn’t add the avacado until we ate . Because last time it got a litte mushy.
    Also making it ahead gives the flavor time to marinate .

  26. Debbie Noonkester 38

    This looks delicious however I have family members that are allergic to cilantro. Can you suggest a different fresh herb to use?

  27. Kirsten 42

    This is a great salad. Next time I’m going with a little less of the cilantro, 1 bunch was overpowering. Other than that it is perfect!

  28. Vivian K. Dean 43

    I cannot wait to try this recipe. Looks SO good and good for us, too!
    Please note that “kernal” is spelled wrong. It should be “kernel.”
    Thank you!

  29. D Paxton 45

    So pretty. I’m not a garbanzo bean fan, so I used pinto instead. I also added a small can of chopped jalapeno’s and black olives. I also recommend using fairly firm avocados.

  30. Violeta García 46

    Can this be kept overnight?

    • Cathy 47


      • Karen 48

        I had this for a whole week and it was fine. I marinated the avocado in the lime juice the whole time I was making the salad and it never browned. I also thought 1/2 cup of oil might be too much – I used 1/3 cup. Had it for lunch all week and added some chopped chicken to it for dinner portions. Delicious. I like spice so next time I’d add some hot pepper flakes or a chopped jalapeno pepper but it is a great recipe just the way it is.

  31. Melanie miller 49

    I can’t wait to try this. I love cilantri, lime, and avacado. I pretty much have avacado 3-4days a week. Just started using Garbanzo beans alot too!!!

  32. Peggy Mauro 51

    I can’t wait to try this for the next family function. Alot of my family is health consious or vegan.
    Thank you!

  33. Kim Wilkins 52

    I made this recipe for the families I cook for twice a week. They absolutely loved it and asked to have it again very soon! Thanks for a great salad!! BTW I doubled the garlic cause that’s just how I roll!!

  34. Denise 53

    This was so easy to make. It is very colorful and looks wonderful. I did not have olive oil but had bacon and chipotle infused olive oil. So I used that instead. It is very good. I served it with chicken on the side because my husband has to have meat with his dinner. I could eat this alone for a dinner. I now have a yummy lunch packed with protein. I can just have the salad and be happy.

  35. DPG 54

    Question: what can be substituted for cilantro. My family doesn’t like.

  36. Jess 56

    It says 8 servings, but what is the serving size?

  37. Carrie 57

    I made this today. I recommend using Italian dressing to help with flavoring of the salad. Otherwise, it was great!

  38. Madonna 58

    I made this with just a dab of cilantro, and it is delicious! I do not feel guilty at all eating a really large portion–great, healthy ingredients! If you like guacamole, you will love this!!

  39. Paula Schlotterbeck 59

    This is a wonderful dish! The only changes I make are cutting the EVOO to 1/4 c (it gets a bit soupy otherwise throughout the week when I am storing it) and I cut back to 1 large avocado. The salad is a great source of fiber (11g) and iron(13% of the RDA for me)- wonderful for a frequent blood donor! I eat it on a bed of baby spinach, with a clementine orange or two as a side. It’s good with protein (grilled beef, chicken, salmon, or even a sliced hard boiled egg) thrown on top, too. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  40. Elizabeth 60

    Do you think lemon would work with this instead of lime?

    • Cathy 61

      For me personally, I would not like it. You could try it on a small sample bowl and see if you would like it.

  41. Marion 62

    Can’t wait to try this! It looks so delicious and pretty!

  42. LS 63

    Canned corn and beans. Not healthy. Soak your own organic beans and if you are able to find non-GMO corn (good luck with that), use it. Otherwise, skip it. Cook real food, not the junk out of cans!

    • Caitlin Gritsko 64

      Why bother replying to this recipe if this is your opinion?

  43. Cheryle 65

    This was excellent!!!

  44. Julie Small 67

    I made this yesterday and it’s so yummy! So fresh tasting!

  45. Elizabeth 69

    I don’t consume citrus because of acid reflux. Any suggestions for substitutions for the lime juice? Just vinegar, maybe? Thanks!

  46. Linda 70

    This is really lovely.

  47. Erna Ahmetspahic 71

    I’d really like to know the kcal of this dish. Either pr. serving, pr. bowl or pr 100 g. :) Is that possible to get hold of?

  48. Fern Slotman 74

    I just put this all together to have with dinner tonight. Of course I had to taste test it before putting in the fridge. It was absolutely amazing! so I’m assuming it will be even better tonight. Thank you for creating and sharing this recipe.


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