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white beans and herbs in a white-textured bowl with a wooden spoon

Simple White Bean Salad

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ¾ cups 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This herby white bean salad can fit into any occasion whether you’re serving up a simple lunch at home, in charge of a potluck side, or just need something for quick for dinner.


  • ½ large shallot, finely chopped (3 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ cup finely chopped tender herbs, such as mint and dill (parsley, cilantro and chives also work)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed (cannellini beans, navy beans, black eyed pear and/or chickpeas all work)
  • ½1 teaspoon pepper flakes of choice, such as urfa pepper or crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Combine shallot, vinegar and ½ teaspoon kosher salt in a small bowl; let sit 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine herbs with oil to coat.
  3. Add beans, pepper flakes and shallot-vinegar mixture; toss gently to combine and season with salt and additional pepper flakes to taste.


Store bean salad in a glass airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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