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overhead shot of a salad bowl with cannellini beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, and a spoon set inside the right bottom side of the bowl.

Mediterranean White Bean Salad

Katerina | Diethood
Cannellini beans marinated in a flavorful garlic and shallot dressing, with colorful bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs.
Servings : 8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr


  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (15-ounces each) cannellini beans, well rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan (or a high sided pan) set over medium heat.
  • Add garlic to the heated oil and cook for 30 seconds, stirring, until garlic is a golden brown but not burnt.
  • Add beans to the saucepan; stir, and add 2 cups water. Season with salt and bring to a simmer.
  • Remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, in a large salad bowl whisk together the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, and shallot. Let stand 15 minutes.
  • Drain the beans and rinse under cold water; then add the beans to the shallot dressing.
  • Stir in the bell peppers, tomatoes, basil, parsley, and fresh ground black pepper.
  • Gently toss to combine.
  • Taste for salt and pepper, and adjust.
  • Let salad sit for about 20 minutes before serving.
  • Serve cold.


Calories: 153 kcal | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g | Sodium: 528 mg | Potassium: 143 mg | Fiber: 6 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 573 IU | Vitamin C: 39 mg | Calcium: 77 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Net Carbs: 14 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizer / Lunch / Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: salad cannellini bens, salad ideas, salad with beans recipes