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Mediterranean White Bean Salad

This Mediterranean White Bean Salad is a protein packed salad that mixes white beans with crispy fresh vegetables, fresh herbs and a light lemon dressing. You can make this salad during your meal-prep and enjoy it all week long as a lunch or a side dish to your meal! 

Mediterranean White Bean Salad with gold spoons.

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MEDITERRANEAN WHITE BEAN SALAD 

If you have been hanging around here for any amount of time you probably know I love salads.

Today’s Mediterranean White Bean Salad is perfect if you are trying to follow the mediterranean diet.

I will eat this salad as is or pair it with protein like chicken, grilled shrimp or salmon.

I eat them for lunches and pair them with my dinners.

I love being able to add whatever I have in my pantry and fridge and get a healthy and filling meal or for work lunches.

Bean salads are the top of my list when it comes to salads because they are filling and pack a lot of protein in them.

Today’s white bean salad is one of my favorites because of the creamy white beans. They are perfect in a summer salad.

Today’s salad mixes white beans with fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber and green onions along with fresh herbs and a light dressing. 

When I have large groups over I like making bean salads because they are easy to make but also filling. 

They pair really nicely with grilled meats like this Greek Marinated Chicken, Greek Shrimp, Easy Beef Gyros, Lebanese Chicken Kabobs or Chicken Souvlaki. 

I love using beans in salads like today’s Mediterranean White Bean Salad, this Chickpea Salad Recipe, Mediterranean Bean Salad, Mediterranean Chickpea Salad and this Greek Chickpea Salad.

Mediterranean White Bean Salad with parsley and green onions in a blue bowl.

The nice thing about a salad like this White Bean Salad is that it is very customizable to what your family likes and what you have in your pantry and fridge. It makes a great side dish.

Sometimes I will add feta cheese and olives to this salad or artichokes and roasted red peppers. 

You can also easily meal-prep this salad ahead of time for the week ahead.

It holds up really well and makes a great option to take for weekly lunches. 

I suggest adding more dressing as sometimes the dressing gets soaked into the salad. 

If you are making this salad before a get together or party I suggest using half of the dressing and then adding the last half of the dressing right before you serve the salad. 

Mediterranean White Bean Salad ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS EASY WHITE BEAN SALAD RECIPE?

WHITE BEANS: This salad uses simple ingredients. I love using white beans in this salad. The texture of white beans is creamy and they are subtle enough that they pair well with the other vegetables and fresh herbs.

You could change it up and use chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans or pinto beans. 

CHERRY TOMATOES

RED ONION

ENGLISH CUCUMBER

GREEN ONIONS

FRESH MINT

FRESH PARSLEY

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: I suggest using a high quality extra virgin olive oil if you can. It really enhance the flavor of the dressing and pairs nicely with the spices. 

LEMON JUICE: You can add more or less of the fresh lemon juice depending on much lemon flavor you like in the dressing. You can also add lemon zest for a more zesty flavor. 

GARLIC

SPICES: I love adding a teaspoon of za’atar or sumac to this salad dressing. Other ideas you can use are Italian seasoning, paprika, cumin or your other favorite spice.

Mediterranean White Bean Salad on a white plate.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A CANNELLINI BEAN SALAD?

Making this salad packed with mediterranean flavors couldn’t be easier!

MIX THE SALAD INGREDIENTS: Start by chopping up all of your ingredients, draining and rinsing the beans and then mixing everything together in a large bowl.

MIX THE SALAD DRESSING: In a mason jar or salad dressing jar you will mix together the ingredients for the salad dressing. Taste and adjust the seasoning in the dressing. 

MIX TOGETHER DRESSING AND THE SALAD: Pour the dressing over this simple salad and mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container. This salad is great for meal-prep and can be eaten all week. 

Mediterranean White Bean Salad in a clear bowl.

HOW CAN I MODIFY THIS MEDITERRANEAN WHITE BEAN SALAD?

BEANS: I used cannellini beans in this salad but feel free to use different kind of beans or whatever beans you might have on hand. Garbanzo beans, white kidney beans, baby lima beans, great northern beans, black beans, butter beans, navy beans or kidney beans are always a nice option.

VEGETABLES: I love adding in any vegetables I have on hand. Some favorites are kalamata olives, carrots, celery, artichokes, zucchini, fire roasted tomatoes and radish.

CHEESE: This salad would be great with crumbled feta cheese or even goat cheese.

SPICES: I like to add sumac or za’atar to a salad like this. You could also use paprika, Italian seasoning or cumin. 

GREENS: Greens would be a nice, healthy addition to this salad. My favorites are kale, spinach, peppery arugula or a mixed green mixture. 

SPIRALIZING: To make this salad extra fun sometimes I like to spiralize a cucumber or zucchini and add that in. It adds texture and is visually appealing. 

PROTEIN: Boost the protein content by adding grilled shrimp, salmon, chicken, shrimp, or tofu. 

NUTS AND SEEDS: Adding seeds and nuts is nice to add crunch. Toasted pine nuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds can add crunch along with healthy fats and extra protein.

GRAINS: I love adding grains to this bean salad. Some that I will add are mixing in cooked quinoa, couscous, or farro.

PICKLED VEGETABLES: I love pickled vegetables. Try adding pickled red onions or these quick pickled vegetables. 

Mediterranean White Bean Salad ingredients ready to be mixed.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS WHITE BEAN SALAD?

This salad would be great alongside so many meals but here are a few of my favorites:

AIR FRYER COD

MOROCCAN CARROT RED LENTIL SOUP

MEDITERRANEAN BAKED TURKEY MEATBALLS

LEBANESE LENTIL SOUP

MOROCCAN CHICKEN THIGHS

BLACK SEA BASS 

Mediterranean White Bean Salad with gold serving spoons.

 

OTHER SALADS YOU MIGHT LIKE: 

LEMON ARUGULA SALAD

SUMMER ORZO SALAD

EASY LEBANESE SALAD 

MEDITERRANEAN LENTIL SALAD 

MEDITERRANEAN EGGPLANT SALAD 

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Mediterranean White Bean Salad with gold serving spoons.

Mediterranean White Bean Salad

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Mediterranean White Bean Salad is a protein packed salad that mixes white beans with crispy fresh vegetables, fresh herbs and a light lemon dressing. You can make this salad during your meal-prep and enjoy it all week long as a lunch or a side dish to your meal! // A Cedar Spoon

Ingredients

  • 2 - 15 ounce cans of white beans {like Cannelini beans}, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup of diced red onion
  • 1/2 of a large english cucumber, diced
  • 5-6 green onions, white and green parts chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

FOR THE DRESSING

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite spice {I like za'atar or sumac}
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl mix together the white beans with the cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes, green onions, parsley and mint.
  2. In a mason jar or salad dressing container mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, spices, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
  4. Serve or put in a sealed container and refrigerate.

Notes

If you eat this salad a day or two later I would taste the salad and add more dressing. The dressing can get soaked into the bean salad over time.

Some other ideas that I like to add to this salad are feta cheese, olives and artichokes.

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Najwa

Wednesday 6th of July 2022

Delicious thanks so much. I had most of this in my pantry!

Julia

Thursday 7th of July 2022

Great! I hope you enjoyed it!

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