Cannellini Bean Salad with tomatoes, onion, olive oil, balsamic, vinegar and garlic is easy to make and delicious as a salad topper OR a dip!
Cannellini Bean Salad with tomatoes, onion, olive oil, balsamic, vinegar and garlic is easy to make and delicious as a salad topper OR a dip!

Today I want to share with you a recipe for cannellini bean salad. It’s SUPER EASY to make in just a couple minutes, and can be enjoyed as is, OR on top of mixed greens (delicious) OR served as a dip with pita chips, etc. However you choose to serve it, the flavors are wonderful, and I’m confident you’ll enjoy this simple salad!

I found the original recipe in one of the cookbooks I own called “100 Days Of Real Food”, by Lisa Leake. It’s a great cookbook for those looking to cook with wholesome family-friendly foods. She serves this salad as a dip, which we love, but I’ve found I enjoy it the most served as a topper over a mixed green salad.

The beans and the delicious dressing they are covered with make it a double whammy salad. Lots of protein and fiber is provided from the beans and tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar with seasoning create a salad dressing! It’s a win-win, no matter how you serve it! Here’s how to make this delicious vegetarian and gluten-free salad:

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How To Make This EASY Cannellini Bean Salad

Drain, and then rinse one can (approx. 15 oz.) of cannellini beans. After the beans are drained and rinsed well, place them into a small or medium-sized serving bowl.

Cannellini beans are drained from the can and rinsed well before making the salad.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl of drained cannellini beans. The remaining ingredients are tomato, red onion, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and black pepper. Stir, to fully combine these ingredients. 

At this point the cannellini bean salad is finished and can be served immediately. Stir the ingredients a couple of times to keep the beans coated with the simple dressing. OPTIONAL: Cover the bowl and let the flavors “mingle” in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes before serving, for even more flavor. Your choice!

All the ingredients for the cannellini bean salad are combined in a bowl.

Enjoy This Salad On Mixed Greens! 

My favorite way to enjoy the cannellini bean salad is to place a portion on a bed of chilled mixed greens. Stir the beans before serving, and don’t forget to spoon some olive oil/balsamic dressing (from the bottom of the bowl) on top. 

The beans provide fiber and protein, and the red onion, garlic and tomato add flavor, texture and color. Another added bonus is that the oil/balsamic mixture creates a simple, but delicious salad dressing, so there’s no need to add any. It’s delicious, just as it is!

Cannellini bean salad is served as a topper for a mixed green salad.

Cannellini Bean Salad Can Be Served As A DIP, Too!

My husband enjoys the cannellini bean salad served as a dip, too! Just stir it well, and serve it with pita chips, crackers or pieces of firm, crusty bread! It’s a simple, yet tasty dip I’m sure you will enjoy! This easy salad (or dip) has a lot of flavor!

The cannellini bean salad can be served as a dip with pita chips, crackers or crusty bread.A bowl of cannellini bean salad ready to be served as a dip or eaten as is.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll try this easy to prepare dish, and trust you will enjoy it as much as we do. It should keep well (covered) in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. Please come back again soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, and have a GREAT day!

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Original recipe source: The cookbook “100 Days Of Real Food”, by Lisa Leake, page 195, published by Harper Collins Publishers in 2014

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Cannellini Bean Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
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Total Time
10 mins
 

Cannellini Bean Salad with tomatoes, onion, olive oil, balsamic, vinegar and garlic is easy to make and delicious as a salad topper OR a dip!

Category: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cannellini bean salad
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 190 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 15 ounces cannellini beans drained/rinsed
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • cup red onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt use more if needed, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse cannellini beans. Place the beans in a small or medium-sized serving bowl.

  2. Add remaining ingredients, and stir to fully combine. Serve and enjoy! OPTIONAL: If desired, cover and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes for flavors to mingle.

  3. Can be served as a dip with pita bread, crackers or crusty slices of bread OR as a salad topper, OR eaten as is. If using as a salad topper, be sure to spoon some olive oil/balsamic dressing (from bottom of the bowl) over the salad.

  4. Store leftovers (covered) in refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Canned cannellini beans vary in weight from 15 ounces up to 15.5 ounces. Use a whole can; the various weights will all work just fine!

Nutrition Facts
Cannellini Bean Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Sodium 378mg16%
Potassium 109mg3%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 257IU5%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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