It’s hot. You don’t want to turn the stove on and do real cooking. The solution? A cool, crisp salad. Pinto beans make an addition to any summer salad. They’re high in protein and fiber which keeps you full, while you don’t need to heat them up to enjoy their deliciousness. If you’re looking to add a little fun to your summer salad menu, try one of these pinto bean salad recipes:

Lobster and Pinto Bean Salad

Bet you never thought of this combination! But actually, the sweetness of the lobster plays well with the butteriness of pinto beans. Add in a sweet-and-tangy molasses dressing and you’ve got a dish that’s perfect for any outdoor special occasion. Because you’re only using a small amount of lobster, it’s an affordable dish, too.

Pinto Bean Salsa Salad

This is summer in a bowl. Tender pinto beans, fresh sweet corn, ripe cherry tomatoes and tons of other fresh veggies are combined with an easy chili-lime dressing you can probably make with ingredients already in your pantry. It takes just minutes to come together, but all the flavors will explode in your mouth, cool and crisp and sweet and just a little spicy. This is perfect on its own for a light supper, or serve it alongside fish tacos for a healthy, hearty meal.

Mexican Chopped Salad with Toasted Cumin Dressing

When you’re hanging with your family on your back patio on a muggy summer night, this is the salad you want to munch on. It’s got all the stuff you love in a Mexican style salad, like grilled chicken breast, corn, pepper jack cheese and of course pinto beans, but sliced granny smith apples add a surprising crunch and tartness. Green olives offer just the right sour note. Finally, toasting the cumin in the dressing adds a smoky depth of flavor that will make this a recipe you turn to again and again.

What’s your favorite summer pinto bean salad? Share it with us in the comments!

Summertime is the perfect time to try this tasty recipe featuring Randall Beans

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