Mango & Black Bean Salad

Mango & Black Bean Salad

I loaded the last item into the chill and slowly slammed the door shut. It is full, my refrigerator, fully stocked for the long weekend ahead. The last of the shopping was completed this morning, and the meat drawer is ready for whatever the grill (and our stomachs) desire. There is seafood, there are sausages, there are chops and ground meats. I think we are ready for Memorial Day.

All this preparation for the holiday makes me feel quite carnivorous, but the truth is, I must have my freshness too. Salads are a big part of my summer cooking, and a must with every meal.

As long as I have the basics in my fridge, I can whip up a salad in a just minutes. Cucumbers, tomatoes and avocados are necessities, and if I have anything else to add color and texture, then all the better.

As you kick off as weekend of summer cooking this Memorial Day weekend, consider my Mango & Black Bean Salad. It is featured today on My Way Home by Wayfair and will be a happy partner to whatever you have planned for the grilling season ahead! Find the recipe here.

Thanks to all of you who stopped by the recent Summer Cooking #HomemakerHappyHr Twitter Party! It was a lot of fun, and I know I left the tweet chat hungry! Also, don’t forget, there is a delicious giveaway for the wonderful cookbook Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut underway – don’t forget to enter and try the recipe for Jamaican Jerked Tri-Tip!


  1. Cate

    PERFECT! I’ve got both mango in the fruit bowl and some freshly cooked black beans in the fridge. This sounds like just the thing to bring for this weekend’s beach picnic. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  2. Patty

    Your mango and black bean salad looks like a perfect side to really anything off the grill! The colors are striking;-)

  3. Jean

    I’m jealous! I’m not prepared for the weekend at all like you are! Can I come over? :)

    This salad looks perfect–must check out the recipe!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Suzanne

    Gorgeous salad and I love all those flavors too. This would be perfect for the holiday weekend and BBQ-ing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Liren.

  5. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    What a gorgeous salad Liren!! The combination of beans and mango is something I haven’t tried, but I can imagine how good it tastes. Enjoy your long weekend!

  6. Magic of Spice

    I am about to head out to the market for a few last things…Yikes! I need to be more like you :)
    This salad has such a beautiful array of flavors, and the colors are so bright…really lovely! Wishing you a delightful and safe weekend!

  7. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings

    You had me at Mango…and that’s just the first word! then came the tomatoes, black beans, red onions, cucumbers…such a refreshing salad! As usual, enticing photos to match your recipes! Hope you are having a good long weekend! Cheers!

  8. Monet

    What beautiful photographs! And what a lovely salad. Drooling! Now I know what I want to bring to a cook out tomorrow. Thank you for sharing. I’m sorry I’ve been absent for so long, but I’m glad I’m back. I just moved my blog to a new site, and I’d love for you to visit when you get the chance. I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday morning.

  9. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    True I think I eat a lot of meat in BBQ season but at the same time I eat double or more volume of salad along with the meat. This is such a refreshing and colorful salad and something that I’d love to bring for pot luck etc. It attracts all kinds of eaters as there are many ingredients in it. :-) Thanks for this lovely salad recipe!

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