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Pinto Bean and Pepper Salad

A simple and healthy bean and pepper salad to serve alongside your favorite grilled or Mexican meal. This Pinto Bean and Pepper Salad is perfect for busy weeknights or as a potluck dish.

A simple and healthy bean and pepper salad to serve alongside your favorite grilled or Mexican meal. Perfect for busy weeknights or as a potluck dish.

My kids went back to school this week. I find it incredibly hard to believe that another summer has flown by, I’m actually still processing the fact that I now have a 4th grader, 2nd grader and 10 month old. How in the world did that happen?

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Back to school week always energizes me. I don’t know about other moms, but summer leaves me feeling a little ragged. I love the laid back relaxed feeling of summer break, but by now I’m starting to crave a bit of routine and order around the house. I’m also craving time to cook and blog more, so hopefully you’ll start seeing posts and recipes a little more frequently again.

This past weekend I attended my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower. My “baby” brother is getting married next month and I am so excited for the both of them. Bridal (and baby) showers are always fun to be a part of, not only for the obvious reason of showering the bride with gifts and love, but let’s be honest…the food is always something to look forward to. I love party food! When I started to make my plate my eyes spotted a good looking bean and pepper salad on the table. It was made by the mother of the bride and I helped myself to it a couple of times. It was so simple and that’s what I loved about it. I was inspired to recreate it immediately to serve as a side dish for one of our dinners this week. I made it earlier in the day and stored in the fridge so it was ready to go – to help with typical school night dinner prep madness. This Pinto Bean and Pepper salad is a perfect side dish recipe for tacos, quesadillas or even grilled chicken. It’s also a great (healthy) potluck dish (obviously since that’s how I first tried it), so consider making it for the next barbecue or get together you are invited to!

A simple and healthy bean and pepper salad to serve alongside your favorite grilled or Mexican meal. Perfect for busy weeknights or as a potluck dish.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Print Recipe

Pinto Bean and Pepper Salad

Yield: about 8 servings


  • 2 medium red, orange or yellow bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 sweet Vidalia onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed (I use Bush's Pinto Beans)
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons light oil (I used grapeseed oil, olive oil would work too)
  • big pinch coarse salt and fresh ground pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Carefully toss and serve at room temperature or chilled.

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22 comments on “Pinto Bean and Pepper Salad”

  1. I’m always looking for new bean salad recipes, and this one looks perfect! I totally agree with you-this would be amazing with tacos!

  2. I never ever get tired of beans salads! I hope your kids have a great week back!

  3. Love this hearty salad! So perfect for summer!

  4. This looks like a perfect weeknight salad to have on hand for dinner! I’m so glad you shared it!

  5. Shower food is always the BEST! This salad? I’m all about it! Delicious. Your little man is so your mini you! Adorable. Hope the kids are enjoying their first days

  6. Hi Aggie,
    Missy gave me this link to your site, sorry Missy from miss in the kitchen, she is my daughter. I love healthy recipes so I will be checking daily. Thank you for doing all the work you do all for us.

    • Hi Dolores!! Thanks so much for the note and for stopping by, I love Missy and will have to thank her for sharing my blog with you. I hope you find some good healthy recipes to try 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  7. This looks yummy & quick to put together for a weeknight side dish! My son goes back to school week after next for his last year of preschool (eek), it goes by so quickly!

    • Good luck to your son (and you!!)…it truly goes by so quickly. I feel like my kids were just in preschool the other day. Craziness. Have a great weekend!

  8. I always found kind of humorous how happy I was that school was starting back up 🙂 It is nice to get back into the routine and have a moment to yourself now and then. Especially when there’s a baby in the house. I have found some of my favorite and lasting recipes at baby showers and similar potluck style gatherings. I would absolutely love this one!

    • I am always SO happy when school lets out for summer, but boy I do love getting back to a routine come fall. 🙂 I agree, I have discovered some favorites at potlucks too, it’s always fun to try someone else’s food!

  9. Loving this healthy salad! I love pinto beans!

  10. I could eat this salad every day! Congrats to another school year!!! Enjoy the solo time with baby!! <3 PS: He's getting cuter every minute!!

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  12. Nice salad. Thank you.