Bean Salad Recipes

There are probably more bean salad recipes that haven't been created yet as opposed to those that have. In my case this is because every time I make this recipe it's never the same as the last one.

Bean salad using mixed canned beans

These salads are often called 3,4,5,or 7 bean.

The beauty of these dishes is that you can just keep adding stuff until you have enough to fill your bowl.

The list of ingredients is endless for all the versions you could make.

The usual recipes call for 3-7 different types of beans, usually canned, some oil/vinegar dressing, some veggies and spices.


I'm going to show you a simple one to start with, using a can of 6-bean variety rather than one can of each bean.

This is a great way to get a good variety of beans without having to make a giant salad.


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Mixed Bean Salad

Ingredients:

1 can mixed beans
Olive oil(about1/3cup)
Balsamic vinegar(about 50/50 with oil)
1-2 slices red onion
1/4 orange pepper


1 celery stick
1/2-1 clove garlic
Oregano-1 pinch
Basel-1-pinch
1/4 cup sugar(optional)

Bean salad ingredients using a can of mixed beans.

Pour can of mixed beans into a colander and rinse off the sauce. Let water drain off and put beans into a large bowl.

Chop vegetables, mince garlic and mix with the beans.

Mix oil and vinegar with oregano and basel. The oil/vinegar should be about 50/50 but mix it to your preference.

Add dressing to  a large bowl, stir and marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

marinating beans and vetables in large bowl overnight.

Before serving drain dressing and transfer salad to a smaller bowl. If you prefer a stronger flavour just keep the salad in the dressing until it's eaten.  This is a great salad to take out for a picnic lunch or for work in a small plastic container like this....

bean salad ready to take out.
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Options For Bean Salad Recipes

Here's a list of many of the popular different ingredients you can use for this type of salad. Just mix and match your favorite ingredients for totally unique bean salad recipes.

Beans:

Garbonzo
Black
Red
Red Kidney
White kidney

Black eyed peas
Green
Waxed
Great Northern
Lima


Vegetables:

Add just about any you can think of, there aren't too many that you can't use. Here are some suggestions:

Cucumber-remove seedy center
Celery
Artichoke hearts
Tofu
Carrots
MUshrooms-canned or fresh

Olives
Onion
Peppers
Corn
Avacado
Tomato


Dressings:

1-Salad oils:

Olive
Sesame
Canola
Safflower
Any other Vegetable/cooking oil will do.

3-Other:

Lemon juice
Lime juice
Hot sauce-lots to choose from there.
Sugar
Molasses

2-Vinegars:

White
Balsamic
Cider
Any wine or flavoured vinegar will add its own unique flavour.

4-Spices:

Basil
Ground mustard
Cumin
Garlic powder/salt
oregano
Thyme

Information on the health benefits of beans and more recipes can be found Here...

Do You Have a Favorite Bean?

I never get tired of beans. These fiber-rich little bundles of protein are used for all sorts of recipes.

Great in chili and stews, they are also awesome in a salad bowl with some dressing and a little imagination.

What's your favorite bean recipe? It doesn't have to be a salad...Do you use canned or soak raw ones overnight?

Maybe you just have a funny story about the sometimes misunderstood magical fruit, share it anyway, we're all friends here....

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