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Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes

Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes is a delicious option for a hot summer day when it’s too hot to cook. And this delicious salad has lime juice, red onion, and cilantro adding lots of flavor. 

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This Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes was inspired by a pinto bean salad I had years ago at a party I attended with my brother Rand where guests were asked to bring Oaxacan dishes. We loved the salad I came up with back then, and now fast forward many years and I’ve been to Oaxaca myself!

Then a few weeks ago Rand was visiting my house and I wanted to make something that I thought he would really enjoy. He’s a vegetarian who loves beans, and this recipe desperately needed better photos so it was a win-win idea, and Rand absolutely swooned over the salad when he tried it again.

This easy salad with summer flavors uses canned pinto beans, and it’s the trick of marinating the beans in white balsamic vinegar while you prep the other ingredient that makes the salad such a wow. Of course I know I have some readers who won’t be interested in a salad with beans, so if this is just not your jam, there are plenty of good Low-Carb and Keto recipes in the archives or check out my Ten Favorite Summer Salad with Garden Tomatoes for some tomato salads with lower-carb ingredients!

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How to Make Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes:

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  1. Put the can of pinto beans in a colander, rinse, and let drain well, then dry with paper towels. Then toss the drained pintos with white balsamic vinegar and let them marinate while you prep the other ingredients.
  2. Cut up an avocado (or two) and toss with lime juice.
  3. Cut cherry tomatoes into quarters or halves, or cut up larger tomatoes if that’s what you have.
  4. Chop cilantro and red onion.
  5. Toss the red onion and cilantro with the pinto beans.
  6. Then gently fold in the diced tomatoes and avocado, drizzle a little olive oil over the salad, season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and gently toss again.
  7. You can add a little more lime juice or olive oil after you taste the salad if you’d like! Serve right away.

Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Salads with Tomatoes and Beans:

Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, Basil, and Parsley ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
White and Black Bean Salad ~ She Wears Many Hats
Green Bean, Tomato, Onion, and Basil Summer Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Quinoa, Avocado, Tomato, and Black Bean Salad ~ Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Black Bean Salad with Jicama, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Lime ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chickpea Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette ~ Savory Sweet Life
Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans, Feta, and Herbs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro found on KalynsKitchen.com

Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes also has red onion, cilantro, and lime juice, and this recipe marinates the beans so the salad is extra flavorful!


  • one 15 oz. can pinto beans
  • 2 T white balsamic vinegar (see notes)
  • 1 avocado, diced into pieces 1/2 inch square (see notes)
  • 1 T fresh lime juice (or more if you're using two avocados)
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes cut in half)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro (more or less to taste)
  • 2 T olive oil, or a bit more
  • fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste


  1. Pour beans into a colander placed in the sink and rinse well with cold water until no more foam appears. Let beans drain well for at least 10-15 minutes.
  2. Then blot beans dry with paper towel, place in plastic bowl, and toss with white balsamic vinegar. Let beans marinate in the vinegar while you prep other ingredients.
  3. Cut avocado into 1/2 inch pieces and place in small bowl. Toss with lime juice. (Remember to double the lime juice if you use two avocados.)
  4. Chop tomatoes, or if using cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quarters.
  5. Chop red onion and cilantro.
  6. Mix onions and cilantro into marinating beans. Then use a large spoon to gently fold in avocado and tomato.
  7. Drizzle olive oil over salad and season to taste with fresh ground black pepper and sea salt, and gently toss again. Taste to see if you want a little more olive oil or lime juice.
  8. Serve immediately, at room temperature.


I recommend using White Balsamic Vinegar (affiliate link) for this recipe if you have some, or use any mild white vinegar. I often use two avocados; if so double the lime juice.

This recipe inspired by a bean salad Kalyn tried when she attended a Oaxacan-themed party with her brother Rand.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 440mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 9gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro is a good choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet. For low-carb diets, you could make this salad lower in carbs by using more avocado and less beans (and who doesn’t love more avocado!)

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    77 Comments on “Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes”

  1. Pinto beans aren’t very easy to find in France, while lots of US cookbooks + blogs use them. Very frustrating ! Which sort of beans would you advise to put instead ? Thanks in advance.

  2. Gorgeous! It has so many of my favorite flavors, too! Definitely on my to try list! 🙂

  3. I should try to cook different beans. By looking at many recipes of WHB itself makes me realize I haven’t tried enough to do different things. Thanks for posting this, Kalyn!

  4. That salad looks both tasty and healthy. I am really missing those fresh locally grown tomatoes as well!

  5. Those colors and flavors truly evoke summer- just when we need it. I’m so sick of winter. Bring on fresh summer flavors!

  6. What a yummy combination…pair this with some grilled chicken and a margarita and I’m one happy camper!!
    Thanks Kalyn.

  7. So pretty! This will be lunch for a few days next week. 🙂

  8. Looks fantastic–contains so many of my favorite things.

  9. Kalyn: I love this recipe, especially the part with the cilantro. I’m going to have to make it. 😉


  10. Give me anything with avocados, and I’m a happy girl!!

  11. Kalyn, This has summer and spring written all over it, fresh and delicious! I will definately make this.

  12. I’m glad I’m not the only tomato craver! You guys are also nice not to mention that I’m not all that frugal or eco-conscious buying tomatoes in March in Utah. (I do grow my own plus lots of other veggies in the summer, so can I get some earth-friendly points for that?)

    I did try the salad tonight with black beans for my dad; just as fantastic with the black beans!

  13. This looks so good!! I’m going to try it tomorrow. It becomes frustrating when I run out of salad ideas. Thanks for giving me a new idea… the motivation to lose weight is back!

    Great blog.

  14. Beautiful, Kalyn!

    What a wonderful combination of ingredients. I know what you mean about craving tomatoes.

  15. This sounds really good! I have been recently thinking of making (my substitute for) pinto beans. Making them into a salad sounds yummy! especially since it is summer here!

  16. I’ve been looking for some new salad recipes and this one is just up my alley.

  17. I have tried many of your salads Kalyn and each one has been fantastic – I just love this though. Although I have not tried it I can already feel my mouth watering. I like the beans in this. Perfect!

  18. Oh this looks delicious! This is a sure fire way to start spring early (at least mentally!).

  19. This looks delicious! I am definitely beginning to crave not-so-comfort foods.

  20. What are you trying to do here, make it summer already! This is totally beautiful!! I will have to be eating this soon. It has most of my favorite things!!!
    You are a dream Kalyn!