This Quinoa Citrus Mango Avocado Black Bean Salad would make an excellent addition to any meal. Bright with citrus fruits, juicy with mangoes, creamy with avocado, and chock full of protein from quinoa and black beans.
Spring is here but temperatures continue to fluctuate between warm and cool. Spring crops are just starting to come to market, yet cold weather produce dominates the shelves still. My kitchen reflects this transition. I’ve still got grapefruits and oranges in my refrigerator, yet I also have a box of mangoes on my counter.
This Quinoa Citrus Mango Avocado Black Bean Salad is my transition into Spring salad. I’m trying to enjoy the last of my winter citrus fruits while incorporating the my favorite fruit – mangoes – that are now in season. This salad would great for as a side dish at your next barbecue, or it could be served as a vegetarian main course salad. Black beans and quinoa provide a good source of protein.
I love the combination of juicy, sweet citrus and mangoes in this salad. They play nicely off buttery avocado. This salad is lightly dressed with Meyer lemon juice (you can substitute regular lemon), olive oil, and honey.
If you like quinoa, you might enjoy these posts:
How To Cook Quinoa + Why It’s Good For You (cooking video)
Kale Quinoa Corn Tomato Salad (cooking video)
Breakfast Coconut Milk Quinoa with Fresh Fruit (cooking video)
Quinoa Citrus Mango Avocado Black Bean Salad
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
- 1 fresh mango flesh cut into cubes
- 1 avocado flesh cut into cubes
- 1 grapefruit cut into segments
- 2 oranges cut into segments
- 1/2 Meyer lemon or regular lemon juiced
- 1 scallion minced
- a few drizzles of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- a pinch of sea salt
Toss all ingredients together and serve.
Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says
The perfect healthy salad to transition from winter to spring! So pretty, too. Thank you for sharing, Jeanette. Pinning tonight!
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
If I didn’t become allergic to mango, I’d love to try this salad right away! My “not so big fan of quinoa” kids may like this though. I should make this salad for them to start with! 🙂
Nami – I remember the post you wrote when you first discovered you were allergic to mango – what a bummer. Papaya would also be nice or kiwi.
Looks amazing, Jeanette. I’m thinking to make this as my own personal go-to make ahead lunch for the upcoming week.
Thanks Nathalie – I hope you enjoy this refreshing salad!
Ruta @ The Smart Cookie says
Such gorgeous photos. Glad I discovered your site.
Thanks Ruta – hope you visit again soon!
I love how this has pops of winter and spring from the citrus and mango. It’s such a refreshing salad!
Thanks Joanne – I do feel like we’re still on the brink of Spring – today’s a bit chilly. This salad is definitely a transition salad.
Ashley - Baker by Nature says
This is such a pretty, perfect little salad! Love the mango 🙂
Thank you Ashley!
Donalyn@The Creekside Cook says
I love salads that bridge the seasons like this one does! Citrus and avocado are a match made in heaven and I bet they taste so good with the quinoa – yum! Thanks for the great recipe Jeanette!
Thanks Donalyn – me too. I do love the combination of citrus and avocado – they go together so well naturally.
Kari Thompson says
Making this tomorrow night to serve with a pork tenderloin with a cherry chipotle sauce!
Can’t wait to try it. You have done it again with another amazing recipe. You are my fav!
Kari – your dinner sounds so good! Thanks so much for your comment and for trying another one of my recipes.