White Bean Salad with Cherry Tomatoes is a delicious Mediterranean summer dish. And you only need 6 ingredients and 15 minutes to make this vegan recipe. Try it as a light meal with some crusty bread, or enjoy it as a side. It's perfect for potlucks!
It doesn't get much easier than making this white bean salad.
I love having tasty options like this when I don't feel like cooking.
It's so easy to open a can of beans and combine it with some flavorful ingredients to make a healthy meal.
And you may already have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen.
What are white beans?
You might see white beans sold as Great Northern, cannellini or white kidney, navy, or even baby lima beans.
While they are technically different varieties and their flavors are subtly different, any of these legumes will work in this white bean salad.
And since they have a very mild taste, I like to keep the other flavors simple so that they don't overpower the white beans.
White Bean Salad is a great recipe for enjoying the flavors of the season.
During the summer months, you'll always find tomatoes and basil in my house.
There are so many ways you can use them to make tasty warm-weather meals.
Of course there's the classic Cherry Tomato Pasta with Fresh Basil.
And I love Tomato Bruschetta.
In addition, they are great together in salads such as Watermelon Tomato Basil Salad.
In fact, I could eat a bowl of fresh tomatoes and basil and be perfectly happy!
White Bean Salad Ingredients
As previously mentioned, you may already have all the components of this salad in your kitchen.
And if not, the ingredients are easily found at supermarkets.
Here's what you'll need to make White Bean Salad:
- a can of white beans (cannellini, Great Northern, and navy all work great)
- cherry or grape tomatoes
- fresh garlic
- olive oil
- red wine vinegar
- fresh basil
For the fresh basil, I prefer to tear it in small pieces rather than chop it with a knife for this rustic recipe.
A healthy part of the Mediterranean diet
I always recommend keeping some cans of beans and fresh garlic in your pantry.
Or even better, you can buy dried beans and make a few batches every week in your Instant Pot.
Having some beans on hand makes putting together a delicious meal a breeze.
Check out this list of The 9 Healthiest Beans and Legumes You Can Eat.
This white bean salad is high in fiber and protein along with many vitamins and minerals.
Other bean salads
In addition to White Bean Salad, you may be interested in trying these easy recipes:
White Bean Salad Recipe
This recipe makes 2 servings. You can easily double or triple it to serve more people, like if you're bringing it to a potluck.
It tastes delicious right away, but you can make it in advance if you need to and refrigerate it until you're ready to eat.
White Bean Salad goes well with other cold salads as well as sandwiches and grilled dishes.
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White Bean Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 can white beans , rinsed and drained (15.5 ounces or 1 ½ cups) See notes
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, (or grape tomatoes) quartered
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- salt, to taste
- ¼ cup basil leaves, torn
- Add all the ingredients to a salad bowl and gently toss to combine.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.