Taco Salad with Garbonzo & Black Beans

One thing I love most about summer is salads. We typically have taco night about once a week. Instead of traditional tacos, I like to create recipes that can give me a vegetarian option from time to time.

I found this recipe via the Mayo Clinic website. They not only have some great recipes but share information about the nutrition in each dish. I thought this one sounded just perfect for taco night. It’s great in a taco shell, as a side dish or over greens.

taco salad

Dietitian’s tip: Garbanzos — also known as chickpeas — and black beans are an excellent source of soluble fiber, the type of fiber that can help control blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. They are a perfect ingredient for this taco salad.

Taco Salad with Garbonzo & Black Beans


  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzos, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • One medium red onion, diced
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped


To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, parsley, garlic and pepper. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the beans and onion. Pour the vinaigrette over the mixture and toss gently to mix well and coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate until served.

Nutritional Analysis

(per serving)

Calories270Cholesterol0 mg
Protein10 gSodium285 mg
Carbohydrate33 gFiber7 g
Total fat11 gPotassium453 mg
Saturated fat2 gCalcium60 mg
Monounsaturated fat7 g

Do you enjoy bean salads? What are your favorites?

taco salad with black beans and garbonzo


Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Andreya Atari

    You will not believe this, but I just became a fan of chickpeas just a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t realize they were the same thing as garbanzos, and for some reason I kept ignoring the cans of garbanzo beans at the grocery store aisle! Now that I’ve “discovered” them, I’m hoarding all the chickpea recipes I can get, including this! 🙂

  2. I’ve never even had garbanzo beans before, but these up close photos of this salad are definitely making me want to try them!

  3. Salad

    Great recipe. Thanks for sharing. It’s ideal for people who care their health and control their diet, not only vegeterians as you mentioned. And garbanzos gives absolutelly increadible taste. One of the reasons I became vegetarian due to weight issues and because of set of possibilities to enjoy unusul tastes.

  4. Delicious! with taste we all have to take care of or gums and teeth. It also a part of our health and fitness. I wanna say you thanks for sharing this post..

  5. Dona

    It was SO good!! Your pictures are absolutely stunning and I am so jealous!

  6. Judy

    From your photo it looks like there are green and red peppers?

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