Black Bean and Mango Salad Jars


Black Bean Mango Salad

You guys asked for more salad jars, so here’s my latest favorite.  (You can see my last version, here, with more info on the idea.) It’s no secret that I could Latin food pretty much every day of the week and sweet, juicy mangoes combined with hearty black beans is one of my favorite combos.  I especially love the protein and fiber powerhouse you get when you combine beans with chicken. Since these have some “wet” ingredients like chopped tomatoes and mangoes, I usually just make a few at a time (like, 3) so they don’t get mushy.  I could seriously eat this combination of ingredients, in any form, every day of the week.

Mango Salad Jar Ingredients

Since these have hearty beans in there, I put in a little less chicken, (3 ounces instead of 4).  I put each jar directly on my kitchen scale and drop the chicken in.  You can roast or grill your own chicken (here’s a post with our favorite instructions) or grab a rotisserie chicken and use that.  If you want these to be extra yummy, make some of our Taco Chicken or Slow Cooker Taco Chicken.   I will say that how you prepare your chicken does make a huge difference on the outcome of your salads.  If you drop a bunch of unseasoned chicken breasts into a pot of boiling water and call it good, it’s not going to taste very good.  Take the time to make great meat and your salads will be extra delish!

Layer all of your ingredients into your jars in a beautiful rainbow of deliciousness.

Mango Salad Jars Top View

Stuff the rest with your favorite greens.  Spinach works really well because it’s pretty hearty.  Kale is also a great choice (if you don’t mind eating kale.)  The really important thing with jar salads is that your greens are dry.

Spinach Topped Jar Salads

Many greens come already washed and ready to go.  I know many of you like to re-wash them anyway, but honestly I just go with it. If you’re going to wash them, you’ll want to lay them out and let them dry all the way before you put them in your jars.  I just stuff whatever will fit reasonably in there, which is usually about 1 1/2-2 cups.

Layered Mango Salad Jars

I prefer to dress my salads in a bowl when I eat them (as opposed to putting dressing on the bottom of the jar) because I use a super simple olive oil and vinegar combo.  For this salad I loooooove using both our Chili and Lime Olive Oil, and also a generous splash of rice vinegar.  I actually found this Mango rice vinegar recently and it’s perfect!

Lime and Chili Olive Oil

Don’t forget my advice of salt and peppering your salads, it makes SUCH a difference in flavor.  And since I just eat these at home, I just keep avocados on hand and add them when I’m ready to eat.

Black Bean and Mango Salad with Lime and Chili Olive Oil

This is seriously delish, and so filling.  Make a few and let me know what you think!  If you want to grab the flavored olive oils I use for this, you can grab a 2-pack bundle, here (they’re on sale right now).  Just pick Chili and Lime.




  1. I am soooo excited you posted another “salad in a jar” recipe!!!!! Thank you!! I am IN LOVE w/ the last jar recipe. I have made them 3 times already!! What a great idea! Would love to see even more jar recipes, especially with the warmer weather coming. You guys are the best!

  2. (First time commenting but need to get in the habit!) I got your cookbook last week and am totally in love! Every recipe I was like YES YES YES. Thank you!! Also, this salad looks awesome and I can’t wait to try it. Somehow I know I’m gonna be looking for that mango vinegar even though I don’t normally like mangos. Haha.

  3. Yay for Utah! I hope I can make it to one of your signings! You gals are awesome! Need to figure out a clever way to tell my husband that it’s a “necessity” to have more cookbooks and recipes than I already do.

  4. Looks awesome! I just got your book today. Literally want to eat everything in it. I’m so excited! Thanks for another awesome book!

  5. AHHH! I’m so sad! The one girl’s trip I take to NYC is when you are coming to Salt Lake! I love your cookbooks and can’t wait to get your new one.

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