Get ready to get your veggies in with this bean salsa recipe. Whether you need to spice up your meal preps for the next week, want a healthy go-to snack for those midnight Chipotle cravings, or you're quite literally looking for a new salsa recipe because your current one just isn't cutting it anymore, here's a recipe that's quick, healthy, and delicious.

It's guaranteed to help meet some (if not all) your five-a-day needs without the time and effort college students just don't have between classes, orgs, and friends. It's dorm kitchen-friendly as well, only requiring a knife, bowl, and cutting board to get some flavorful, Insta-worthy salsa.

Bean Salsa

  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:5 mins
  • Total Time:20 mins
  • Servings:4
  • Easy


  • 1 can black beans rinsed thoroughly
  • 1 can sweet corn rinsed thoroughly
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro or as much cilantro as you desire!
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 table spoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lime
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  • Step 1

    Combine the rinsed beans, sweet corn, chopped cilantro, and diced onions into a bowl.

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  • Step 2

    Once the ingredients have been mixed, add the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, and garlic until thoroughly coated throughout the veggies. Add the dry spices (smoked paprika, black pepper, and salt) to the mixture after. This will ensure that the ingredients will stick evenly throughout your bean salsa!

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  • Step 3

    Once everything is thoroughly combined, add in the diced tomatoes. Tomatoes are added last because they can easily become soft and bruised, which can cause them to release more juice than desirable.

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  • Step 4

    Enjoy as a side dish, main course, or-like in the pictures above and below- little lettuce boats with sautéed mushrooms and ground beef or vegetarian tacos!

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It's great as a topping for other dishes or can be a healthy and flavorful side dish, but it can stand well on it's own too! Make big batches, share with friends, or take it to meetings and events—it's sure to be a hit!