On a hot summer’s day there is nothing more refreshing than a delicious salad to cool you down. The Tomato & Black Beans salad is one of our favourites, especially in summer, although we make it all year round – we enjoy it so much! Very often we have the Tomato & Black Beans salad as a meal on its own with just a slice or two of warm, freshly baked and buttered bread. However, this salad can be a delicious accompaniment to any meal though, for example, the Spicy Chicken Livers.


For this Tomato & Black Beans salad recipe it’s best to use ripe jam tomatoes as they are much sweeter than ordinary ripe tomatoes. We use whichever type of tomatoes we have at home but if you manage to get some jam tomatoes on a really good special then you should definitely give those a try! The sweetness of jam tomatoes balances well against the more acidic ingredients in this salad: the onions and the vinegar.


The Tomato & Black Beans salad will cost you approximately R22.00 to make if all the ingredients are bought on special. This recipe yields several generous servings.


So here’s what you need to make this deliciously refreshing Tomato & Black Beans salad on a hot summer’s day, or any day!




4-5 ripe Tomatoes, cubed

1 large Onion, finely chopped

2 fresh Jalapeῆo chillies, finely sliced, seeds and all

1 tin Black Beans, drained

(Or use any type of tinned beans in brine)

4 Tbsp. White Vinegar

(Or use Apple Cider instead if you prefer)

3 Tbsp. Olive Oil

(Or use Sunflower or Avocado Oil if you prefer)

Salt and Pepper to taste




In a salad bowl combine the cubed tomatoes, finely chopped onions, sliced Jalapeῆo chillies and drained Black Beans. Mix well. Now you are ready to add the dressing. Try mixing the suggested amounts of vinegar and oil in a cup and keep adding to your salad, stirring and tasting of course until you are happy with the taste. You might need to adjust the oil and vinegar amounts to suit your taste. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving suggestion: enjoy this Tomato & Black Beans Salad with a serving of delicious, Spicy Chicken Livers.


Tomato & Black Beans Salad served with Spicy Chicken Livers


If you’ve enjoyed this blog post, please share it with others!

You can also find Frugal in SA

on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or subscribe to my Weekly Newsletter.