This quick and flavorful vegan Mediterranean Cannellini Bean Salad features sun-dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives in a light dressing. Enjoy it as a side or stuffed in a pita pocket.
Why you'll love this recipe
- You can make it under 15 minutes with only 6 ingredients (plus salt and pepper).
- It's loaded with Mediterranean flavors and can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of dishes.
- It's perfect for potlucks, picnics, and barbecues.
- Cannellini beans: Also known as white kidney beans, you can also use any white bean you like such as Great Northern Beans, navy beans, or butter beans (lima beans).
- Sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil: Sold in jars, look for ones that are julienne cut, if available.
- Kalamata olives: Look for pitted and sliced, if available, or you can slice them yourself.
- Fresh parsley: I like to use Italian flat-leaf, but curly is fine, too.
If available, purchase sun-dried tomatoes in a jar which have already been julienned (sliced in strips). And look for olives with the pits removed and that have already been sliced.
For the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
To make this recipe, simply combine the ingredients in a salad bowl and toss to combine. Then cover and refrigerate the salad until you're ready to eat.
If you like to meal prep to have easy lunches and dinners ready throughout the week, this Mediterranean bean salad is a great one to add to your repertoire. I like to combine a few different salads together and enjoy them as a meal.
Or add some Cannellini Bean Salad to a warm pita pocket with some fresh spinach or arugula for a satisfying lunch. It's also wonderful served with crusty bread like my favorite gluten-free vegan sourdough from Bread SRSLY in San Francisco. I like to mail order several loaves and bags of rolls at a time and keep them in my freezer.
Leftover white bean salad can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. I do not recommend freezing it.
Yes, they are.
No, they are not. Cannellini beans are the same as white kidney beans. Butter beans are the same as lima beans.
If you can't find cannellini beans (white kidney beans), feel free to use Great Northern beans or anything labeled "white beans." Navy beans, butter beans, and lima beans will all work well in this recipe.
While this recipe wasn't developed with garbanzo beans in mind, if you don't care for cannellini beans or want to use up those cans of chickpeas in your pantry, feel free to make the substitution. Chickpeas go wonderfully with sun-dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives, just like white beans do.
If you want to cook your beans from scratch before preparing this recipe, check out the article How to Cook Dry Beans from Scratch for tips and both stovetop and pressure cooker instructions.
More cannellini bean recipes
Looking for more ways to enjoy white beans? Try some of these vegan Mediterranean diet favorites:
And for even more recipes, join the Vegan Mediterranean Diet Recipes Facebook group for support, inspiration, and fun.
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Mediterranean Cannellini Bean Salad
- Place the beans, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, parsley, vinegar, and olive oil in a salad bowl.
- Toss well to combine.
- Taste and add salt and pepper, as desired.
- Toss again and serve or refrigerate until ready to eat.
Nutritional information is an estimation only.