Mango Three Bean Salad + Mango Lime Cilantro Tahini Dressing = Virtual Vegan Potluck III

Aaaahhhhh!!! Virtual Vegan Potluck! Did you see how many people are participating?! Whoa. Way to go VVP Team!


I almost didn’t sign up this year because I sold my soul to my senior class and their end of year term papers, but what’s spring time without a little virtual vegan love? So I rolled with it in simple terms: salad. In reality, salad can be just as complicated as any other course, but I’ve been on such a “leave the ingredients alone” kick that I thought this just might work for me. In my opinion, a salad is anything that has some form of vegetation. I tend to just throw all my favorite fruits and vegetables in a bowl and hope they meld together okay, which they tend to do. All my favorites in a bowl is actually what I could call this salad, but instead I’ll give it the long, descriptive name of: Mango Three Bean Salad with Mango Lime Cilantro Tahini Dressing. It’s long, but at least you know exactly what you’re getting.



  • All the veg you could possibly desire, including either red or green onions – all chopped (or sliced)
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1.5 cups white corn kernels (frozen or right off the cob)
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • juice of 1.5 limes
  • water in reserve
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 3 tbsp. Tahini
  • zest of one lime
  • juice of 3.5 limes
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1.5 tsp. of agave nectar
  • 1 bunch or about 2 cups chopped cilantro
  • 1 – 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 water
  • salt and pepper to taste

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In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the coconut oil and drop in the garlic, letting the flavor seep for 30 seconds to a minute. Add in all the beans and the corn, mixing to combine. Sprinkle on the ginger, salt, and pepper, and mix again. Let it cook out and flavor blend for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you find the beans are sticking or loosing some of their pizzazz, add a touch of water. Once cooked, remove from the heat to cool. Meanwhile, make a salad with all your favorites, but be sure to add some red or green onion and the mango. These flavors will balance one another and pick up in the dressing. When the bean mixture has cooled, add it to your salad, toss, and put it in the fridge. And, hey, if you’re going to be taking pictures, try wiping off the side of the bowl :P!



Put everything in a blender and blend the living heck out of it until you reach a smooth consistency.

*Note that when you put the leftover dressing in the fridge, it thickens up quite a bit. No problem. Just add a little water, and give it a good shake if it seems too thick.


Toss the salad with the dressing and serve it up. This would be an excellent side dish on taco night, which is, like, every other night at my house, a great addition to any summer eats, or a complete meal all on its own.

For more virtual vegan goodness, check out these peeps.

In Pursuit of More – Dig it.


And don’t forget Ellen Jones’ goodness over at The Veg Coach.


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18 Responses to Mango Three Bean Salad + Mango Lime Cilantro Tahini Dressing = Virtual Vegan Potluck III

  1. Poppy says:

    Sounds delish – love the dressing!

  2. Phew!! Glad you made it, Barb!!

    PS Can you update your Back link to go to: neosoullovechild is a no-show. Thanks!

  3. Somer says:

    Oh goodness Barb, that dressing looks incredible. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Shannon Gillett says:

    I love, love, love Mango! I can’t wait to try this… any new way to eat it 🙂

  5. Pingback: Virtual Vegan Potluck: French Lentil & Vegetable Salad | In Pursuit of More

  6. veghotpot says:

    I love mango in salad, it goes so well with any salad vegetable! Love this salad 🙂

  7. Oh man, this looks and sounds FABULOUS! 🙂 Must try!

    – alexis

  8. Nice recipe! That dressing sounds especially delicious! 🙂

  9. Brittany says:

    OH I am so glad you chose to participate, this looks delishhh!

  10. Sophie33 says:

    I am happy that you made it for this VVP!! Ooh yeah! What a winner’s recipe this surely is too! 🙂
    MMMMMMMMM! I am in the dessert section, this time! Yummmm!

  11. sweetveg says:

    That dressing sounds delicious! I am so glad you came!

  12. The dressing sounds incredible! I love the flavor combo you went with 🙂

  13. I love the combination, yummy salad.

  14. Ugh, it is autumn here, I will have to wait a while for mango season – but I will definitely be trying this recipe in spring. Thank you for the recipe.

  15. Wow, this looks like such a delicious salad. Totally filled with all my favourite ingredients, too. 🙂

  16. Arjava says:

    The dressing recipe says 1/2 water. But half what? Half a cup?
    Half a tablespoon? I am making it now and got to this bit and
    have to guess how much water

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