Fresh White Bean Salad

Fresh White Bean Salad

This easy Vegan Bean Salad features great northern beans (white beans,) tomato, cucumber, fresh herbs and a simple zesty Italian salad dressing.  Served cold, my White Bean Salad recipe is the perfect vegan and hearty vegetarian salads for cookouts and more!

Easy Vegan Bean Salad recipe with white beans and tomato - pin for pinterest.

Hello! Hello!

Today’s recipe is compliments of my rock-star brother, Tommy.  It’s his Vegan Bean Salad recipe.  This really is the BEST White Bean Salad!

It’s actually kind of funny that both Tommy and I ended up working in the food world (he’s a manager at Morton’s in Charlotte and loves to cook.)  Our Mom cooked growing up, but she basically was just doing it to feed us, not because she enjoyed it.  We both fondly remember her making meatloaf in the microwave.  That might actually be why I’m a vegetarian/pescatarian… but that’s a story for another day. πŸ™‚

So neither of us were really taught to cook… it’s just something we both picked up and grew to love on our own. I think it comes from the fact that we both just love to EAT good food like this simple salad.

His zesty Vegan Bean Salad is filled with goodness like Great Northern Beans (white beans,) tomato, cucumber and fresh herbs.  It’s topped with the best simple White Bean Salad Dressing recipe we could find.  The humble combination of flavors makes this a hearty vegetarian salad that everyone loves.

Vegan Bean Salad with fresh herbs, cucumber and tomato in a glass bowl.

Vegan Bean Salad recipe

I was at Tommy’s house the other day and he made the most delicious swordfish with a horseradish topping.  On the side, he served this crazy simple Vegan Bean Salad.  He called it a White Bean Salad.  No matter what you call it, I could not get enough of it.  The soft white beans paired perfectly with the fresh veggies, light red wine based salad dressing and piles of fresh herbs.  This Italian White Bean Salad was legit.

In perfect food blogger style, I came back home and recreated it just like my bro.  I think he will be proud.

Vegan White Bean Salad recipe in a bow.

Hearty Vegetarian Salads?

If you are looking for hearty vegetarian salads… this is it!  It’s colorful, protein-packed and crazy easy to make.  My Brother made it as a side dish but as I was eating it I realized how versatile it really is.  The Great Northern Beans definitely make it more of a vegan meal.  This dish is the perfect side, vegetarian/ vegan main course or even wonderful piled on a bed of greens for more pizzaze.  If you aren’t vegan you could add some shrimp on top.

This Vegan Bean Salad is one I will make again and again.

Parsley on top of salad on a colorful napkin.

What’s in this Vegan White Bean Salad recipe?

This Vegan White Bean Salad recipe is only 8 ingredients, many of which you might already have in your pantry or fridge.

  • Canned Great Northern Beans: Also known as white beans, Great Northern Beans are a perfect protein filled base for this bean salad recipe.
  • Tomato: Fresh tomato is the ideal colorful addition to this white bean salad.
  • Cucumber: Crunchy cucumber gives this salad color and bit of a bite.
  • Red Onion: The savory red onion adds loads of flavor and more color to this simple bean salad.
  • Bell Pepper: I also love the color and zest of a fresh bell pepper! Use any color you’d like.
  • Fresh Herbs: This salad could be made with dried herbs, but fresh give it a zesty punch and liven up the canned beans.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: A good red wine vinegar provides the perfect base for this white bean salad dressing recipe.
  • Good Olive Oil: Go for a quality olive oil here! I linked to one of my favorites.

This cold bean salad works great as a dish for a cookout or something you can make and enjoy for lunch all week.


How to Make Vegan Bean Salad…

This healthy Vegan Bean Salad recipe is only a few steps!

  1. Rinse and drain the beans.
  2. Cut your veggies
  3. Toss everything together.
  4. Serve cold as is or on top of a bed of greens.


Close up of tomato and fresh herbs.

Variations & Pro Tips

  • Skip the homemade white bean salad dressing and use your favorite bottled Italian dressing.
  • Mix up the fresh herbs using basil or oregano.
  • If you don’t have fresh herbs use a couple teaspoons of a dried Italian seasoning blend.
  • This salad would also be great with chickpeas!
  • Add some lemon to brighten it up.


I love serving my Brother’s White Beans Salad with my lightened up Three Cheese Portobello Caps. They are a perfect pair for an outdoor spring or summer meal.

I think I’m going to have to start getting more recipe ideas from Tommy because this one is a winner!  Enjoy.



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Vegan White Bean Salad recipe

Vegan Bean Salad recipe with White Beans

Julie Wunder
This Vegan White Bean Salad recipe is the perfect, hearty vegetarian dish for cookouts and more. Eat alone, as a side dish or add it to the top of a bed of lettuce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Potluck, Side Dish
Cuisine Healthy, vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 6 people
Calories 233 kcal


  • 2 can white beans (Great Northern Beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Put all the ingredients in a bowl and fold together until mixed well! Serve cold or at room temperature.


Serve this Vegan Bean Salad cold for a potluck or on top of a bed of greens for a hearty vegetarian salad.


Calories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 12gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 735mgFiber: 9gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1310IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Vegan Bean Salad, Vegan White Bean Salad recipe
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By | 2020-07-03T18:20:56-04:00 April 24th, 2019|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Salads, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|60 Comments


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  3. Amanda Wren-Grimwood May 4, 2019 at 8:43 am - Reply

    5 stars
    My mum never cooked and still doesn’t! I learnt from my dad because I love to eat too! I use white beans a lot but not yet in salads, although I have made hummus with them, This sounds like a great idea to get some filling protein in with lots of taste.

  4. Brian Jones May 2, 2019 at 2:42 am - Reply

    5 stars
    What great flavours and colours, I bet this tastes fantastic. Gotta give this a try.

  5. Lesli Schwartz May 1, 2019 at 8:08 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I absolutely love a fresh bean salad, especially this time of year! It’s light and healthy and so good! Thanks for your recipe!

  6. Immaculate Oniyere May 1, 2019 at 5:27 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Looks so refreshing and delicious!

  7. Beth Neels April 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love bean salads and your version looks so colorful, fresh and healthy! I can’t wait to give this a try this summer!

  8. Susan April 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Yum, such fresh flavors! What a healthy looking side!

  9. Lisa Ballantyne April 24, 2019 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Looks amazing! And I had to laugh at your story about your mom’s cooking–I can relate; I’m the non-cook in our household, LOL…..also the reason we have fire insurance! πŸ˜›

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  12. Miz Helen July 11, 2016 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love the combination of flavors for your White Bean Salad, it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition July 11, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Also wanted to add that we love having you link up with us for #HealthyVeganFridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!

  14. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition July 11, 2016 at 9:16 am - Reply

    That story about your mom with the meatloaf in the microwave made me laugh! My mom only cooked 2 things when my sister and I were growing up: pasta with tomato sauce in a jar and hot dogs with cheese (no vegetables with either lol) – again maybe why I’m veg now. πŸ™‚

    This salad looks great for a hot summer’s day!

  15. Karly July 10, 2016 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Pinned this for later! Thanks for linkin’ up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  16. Giselle Rochford July 7, 2016 at 8:00 am - Reply

    this looks awesome! I’ve been looking for new ways to eat beans and this sounds right up my alley πŸ™‚

  17. Nicole July 6, 2016 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    This is a delicious recipe! thanks for sharing it!

  18. This looks so delicious! Perfect for Summer, Pinned πŸ™‚

  19. Allyson July 6, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Looks like a great summer dish! Definitely going to put it in my summer rotation.

  20. Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run July 6, 2016 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    If I would have seen this before July 4th, I so would have made it for our picnic!

    • JulieWunder July 9, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Oh cool!!! It’s such an easy covered dish to bring.

  21. Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy July 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Love salads like this! Perfect for a meal and for bringing to any summer BBQ πŸ™‚

  22. Christina Bauer July 5, 2016 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    This looks so incredible! I don’t make white beans enough.

  23. Carmy July 5, 2016 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    What a fun salad!

  24. Pinning for the future! You have the best recipes.

    • JulieWunder July 9, 2016 at 11:07 am - Reply

      That means so much to me Wendy. Thank you so much.

  25. Melissa @ Mango About Town July 5, 2016 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Yum! This would be a perfect salad for a potluck – you’re right I totally have all the ingredients on hand right now! Yay for summer!

    • JulieWunder July 9, 2016 at 11:07 am - Reply

      I know! My garden is producing cucumbers and tomatoes like it’s going out of style!

  26. This looks amazing! I’m looking for new ways to incorporate beans and this seems like a perfect option. Plus we have an abundance of cucumbers right now so I’ll kill two birds with one stone πŸ™‚

    • JulieWunder July 9, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

      I know! I need to go picking this morning… the veggies are coming!!!

  27. Farrah July 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever made a salad with white beans in it and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. This looks delicious! <3

  28. glenneth July 5, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    what a gorgeous salad! perfect to take to a picnic or BBQ!

    • JulieWunder July 9, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

      Hi Glenneth! I’m so glad you like it. So nice to see you here today.

  29. Mikki July 5, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I’ve made something like this in the past too. I love fresh, colorful, and yummy salads like this!

  30. abbey July 5, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    looks amazing! very light and satisfying from teh white beans!!

  31. you know I love this salad! I have been eating lots of white beans lately. Thanks for linking up with us

    • JulieWunder July 9, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Me too! They are protein packed but don’t feel has heavy has other beans in the summer.

  32. Susanna @Zealous Mom July 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I am always on the lookout for delicious salads. I can’t wait to eat this! Thank you. πŸ™‚

  33. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets July 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Wow, this looks fantastic, kudos to your brother for coming up with this awesome recipe! I pinned it so hopefully I’ll give it a try soon!

    • JulieWunder July 9, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Thanks Janelle! I’ll tell him you said so. πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy it.

  34. [email protected] July 5, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Sounds tasty. I light refreshing dish for a picnic.

  35. Jenifer July 5, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This looks delicious for a hot summer day! I’m pinning it!

    • JulieWunder July 9, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you liked it Jenifer! Have a great day.

  36. GiGi Eats July 5, 2016 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Beans. I really like them actually. I sadly, cannot eat them because they wage war in my stomach… But I do like them and this dish looks delish!

    • JulieWunder July 9, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Thanks Gigi! I hope you are having a great start to your weekend.

  37. Blane Sherer July 5, 2016 at 6:54 am - Reply

    That’s nice that you are incorporating some family
    dishes in your blog ( Way to go Tommy / smile ).
    Welcome Home Julie.
    I hope all went well with your family trip to The Outer Banks.
    Did you see any wild horses ?

    • JulieWunder July 5, 2016 at 8:10 am - Reply

      I diiiidddd!!!! Check my instagram! I’ll post more photos of it tomorrow.

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