Cannellini Bean Salad with Red Onions and Parsley

Summer is finally here so I’ve made a delicious and easy bean salad, perfect for your outdoor party or picnic. Simply toss some beans with whatever vegetables or herbs you have on hand and you’ve got a healthy dish to serve. Cannellini beans are usually my bean of choice for hearty soup or salad recipes. They’re delicate, creamy and taste great with whatever you add to it. Serve chilled or at room temperature as a mid-day snack or side dish. This would also go great with crispy salmon or grilled shrimp.

The beans are dressed with a simple homemade vinaigrette, so there’s no need to buy a bottle at the store. All you need is olive oil and vinegar, then mix it with the seasonings of your choice. I used red wine vinegar but balsamic vinegar would work perfectly fine.

In a small bowl, whisk vinaigrette and cut parsley and onion.

In a bowl, toss everything together until well combined.

Top with more Parmesan when serving.

Cannellini Bean Salad Recipe

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (plus more for serving)

    Whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, salt and pepper.

    In a bowl, toss together the cannellini beans, vinaigrette, thyme, oregano, thyme, parsley, onions, lemon juice and Parmesan. Serve at room temperature or chill for 1-2 hours before serving.

    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Yield: makes 4 servings
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    6 Responses to “Cannellini Bean Salad with Red Onions and Parsley”

    1. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen June 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      This bean salad looks so delish! And it must be packed with so much protein. Thanks for sharing, Barb!

      • Barb June 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

        Thanks, Betty Ann! Yes, it’s super healthy 🙂 Max finished it all, no leftovers!

    2. Honey What's Cooking June 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      very healthy and delicious.. love this… bookmarking for a warm summer day when i want to be healthy.

      • Barb June 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

        Awesome, sounds great! Thanks for the comment and stopping by 🙂

    3. Kathryne June 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

      Oh, I just love hearty bean salads like this one! Looks perfect for summer time. It was great to meet you at Veronica’s, stay in touch!

      • Barb June 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

        It was so great meeting you too! Hopefully we’ll see each other again soon. Thanks for the comment 🙂

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