(Packable, Adaptable) Favorite Bean Salad

Lunch packing season has returned. Whether you pack a lunch for a child or yourself, it’s helpful to have some recipes that can be made ahead. Bean salads can be made once and enjoyed for several days – in several ways. They can be served alone, over some greens, wrapped in a tortilla or used to fill a pita.

Enjoy this recipe as it is, but don’t be afraid to create your own variations. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

- Instead of cannellini beans, try black beans, black-eyed peas, pintos or chickpeas.

- Instead of carrot and cucumber, try 1¾ cups of any combination of the following: tomatoes, zucchini, celery, bell peppers, radishes or artichoke hearts.

- Instead of red onion, try white onions, shallots or scallions.

- Instead of fresh dill, try parsley, cilantro or basil.

- Instead of white wine vinegar, try red wine vinegar, balsamic or lemon juice.

One final tip: When buying canned beans, I recommend looking for those in a BPA-free cans. So be sure to read labels when shopping!

Favorite Bean Salad

Serves 4

15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed

1 carrot, peeled and grated

1 cucumber, diced

3 TB diced red onion

1-2 tsp fresh dill, minced

2 TB extra virgin olive oil

1 TB white wine vinegar

salt & pepper

Combine the beans, carrots, cucumber, onion and dill in a medium sized bowl. In a small cup or bowl, whisk together the olive oil and vinegar with some salt and pepper. Pour over the bean salad and mix gently with a spatula until all ingredients are evenly coated. Enjoy right away or refrigerate for up to 3 days ot use in lunches.

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I’m Jennifer Haubrich, wife, mother, certified natural food chef & health coach (AADP).


I help smart families re-chart their path to create a delicious, healthy lifestyle by including more plant-based foods in their diet.

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