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!

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by Liren Baker on May 25, 2012

19 Responses to “Mango & Black Bean Salad”

  1. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } — May 25, 2012 @ 11:21 am (#
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    Liren – what a perfect recipe for the holiday weekend. Fresh, vibrant and tasty! Hope you and yours enjoy the long weekend ahead. Jumping over to grab the recipe and then pinning!!! :-)

  2. Cate — May 25, 2012 @ 11:26 am (#
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    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 :)

  3. Katie @ Epicurean Mom — May 25, 2012 @ 11:29 am (#
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    This looks fantastic Liren! I too just made a cucumber salad, so perfect for the memorial day weekend! Gorgeous pictures!

  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 25, 2012 @ 12:12 pm (#
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    What a fresh and beautiful salad, Liren! A must to pair with grilled meats and seafood. Hope you and your family have a great weekend!

  5. Brian — May 25, 2012 @ 1:56 pm (#
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    Here is my idea of the perfect summer recipe… can’t wait to make this!

  6. Sandra's Easy Cooking — May 25, 2012 @ 2:44 pm (#
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    Stunning photos and fantastic Weekend recipe…Love how beautifully flavors are balanced!

  7. Patty — May 25, 2012 @ 3:26 pm (#
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    Your mango and black bean salad looks like a perfect side to really anything off the grill! The colors are striking;-)

  8. Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers — May 25, 2012 @ 3:31 pm (#
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    What a beautiful mango! Last time I had one like that was years ago! This salad looks so fresh and healthy, my kind of food. Enjoy your grilling weekend!

  9. Jean — May 25, 2012 @ 5:56 pm (#
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    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!

  10. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 25, 2012 @ 7:19 pm (#
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    This looks so colorful and fresh! What a great salad. Great job with the twitter party, I don’t know how you kept up with it all!

  11. Suzanne — May 25, 2012 @ 8:40 pm (#
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    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.

  12. Jennifer (Delicieux) — May 25, 2012 @ 10:36 pm (#
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    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!

  13. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef — May 26, 2012 @ 5:48 am (#
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    Liren, that’s a gorgeous salad and one I would be proud to poke my fork into.

  14. TastefullyJulie — May 26, 2012 @ 8:07 am (#
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    Beautiful salad. I love all the colors, flavors, and textures!

  15. Magic of Spice — May 26, 2012 @ 9:00 am (#
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    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!

  16. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings — May 26, 2012 @ 8:08 pm (#
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    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!

  17. Monet — May 27, 2012 @ 6:54 am (#
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    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.

  18. Nami | Just One Cookbook — May 28, 2012 @ 10:12 pm (#
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    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!

  19. Platanos, Mangoes and Me! — May 29, 2012 @ 6:44 am (#
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    Gorgeous colors and great combination…

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