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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. Thanks, so glad you like it so much!

  2. Ok I made this tonight & it is now officially one of my absolute favorite recipes ever!!!! Def goes great with anything, or even by itself as a meal. Love love love this! Thank you! Yay!!!

  3. This is one of my favorite recipes. Goes with everything, chicken, pork, fish. Thanks for another great recipe.

  4. This is one of my favorite recipes.Goes with everything from chicken to fish. Thanks Kalyn for such a great recipe.

  5. This is one of my favorite recipes. Always get lots of compliments when I make it. Goes with everything – chicken, fish, hamburgers etc. Endless possibilities. Thanks for a great recipe.

  6. Donna, nothing much can beat refried beans, but this was pretty darn good!

  7. You mean there's more to do with pintos than refried beans??? A revelation!

  8. Pretty damn good salad…
    great combination of, flavour and texture,
    this won't be failed recipe!

  9. I used this as a template to make something similar last night. I subbed in kidney beans (didn't have pintos in stock), added asparagus (it's in season now), and left out the avocado for now (not ripe yet). I also chopped up some quarter inch chunks of salami to add some meat and make it more meal-like. I really like the idea of marinating the beans in the vinegar, I think that gives them even more flavor. Thanks, and keep up the great work on the blog.

  10. So glad you like it. I think what wowed me when I first had the inspiring salad at the party was the combination of favored ingredients.

  11. Kalyn – I love this! I love absolutely ever ingredient in this salad – what a great salad for summer!

  12. Thanks Gwen, glad you like it!

  13. Great variation on one of my fav summer salads Kalyn! I could pretty much live on this during the hot summer months here in Phoenix.

  14. Dara, I definitely don't use them as often as I do garbanzos or black beans either, but love them in this salad.

  15. What a pretty salad, Kalyn! I rarely cook with pinto beans (not sure why), but this salad looks like a reason to change that.

  16. Thanks Joanne! Some of my favorite ingredients.

  17. This is such a gorgeous salad! And oh so perfect for summer with all of it's fresh flavor.

  18. I just found your blog through Pinterest. Wish I would have known about you when I went on South Beach Diet in Jan of 2011. Anyway in four months I was able to lose 10% of my body weight and then maintain that weight loss through the entire year! I didn't gain a single pound until Christmas. I'm now back on Phase II (couldn't bring myself to do phase I again!) until I get my Christmas pounds off and then its back to Phase three! Anyway, thanks for the great recipes. I will be following you in my reader. I also started a food blog. Very simple and filled with family recipes (some South Beach friendly and some not)


    Mama Hughey

  19. I think apple cider vinegar would be fine. Actually, I really like the flavor of it, should have thought of it as an option.

  20. This looks fabulous! Do you think apple cider vinegar would work instead of white balsamic or champagne vinegar?