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Ten Favorite Salads with Dried Beans

Lots of people keep dried beans or canned beans in the pantry, and here are Ten Favorite Salads with Dried Beans that are perfect for picnics or lunches! 

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Most people who like dried beans love salads with dried beans, and here are Ten Favorite Salads with Dried Beans that are all just so tasty! And you can use rinsed and drained canned beans in these recipes to make them quick and easy to make as well.

You may be wondering why I’m sharing salads with beans on my carb-conscious recipe blog, and my love affair with dried beans started when I was following the original South Beach Diet where beans were considered a “good carb” and South Beach encouraged you to eat them daily. Now that I’m following a more carb-conscious eating plan, beans are definitely a carb-splurge for me, but you’ll see that lots of my bean salads combine the beans with protein or low-carb vegetables to keep the carbs lower.

I confess I had a hard time narrowing down my list to just ten favorites to spotlight here, so look after the photos for a few Honorable Mention salads with dried beans as well! Or use Salad Recipes for more more salad ideas like these.


White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley

This beloved White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley is a salad I’ve made many times, and I’ve convinced a few tuna skeptics with this salad, which uses tuna packed in olive oil for extra flavor.

Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Peppers, Cilantro, and Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette

This Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Peppers, Cilantro, and Cumin-Lime Vinaigretteis loaded with interesting flavors, and this is also perfect for New Years if you want to eat black-eyed peas for good luck!

Black Bean Salad with Jicama, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Lime

If you like Mexican flavors and salads with crunch, you can’t go wrong with this Black Bean Salad with Jicama, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Lime.

Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro salad

Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro has so many of my favorite flavors!

Butter Bean Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Feta, and Basil Vinaigrette

Butter Bean Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Feta, and Basil Vinaigrette is really just so, so, so good! If you like this type of large white bean you’ll love the flavors in this salad.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans, Feta, and Herbs

What makes this Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans, Feta, and Herbs such a winner is marinating the garbanzo beans and using plenty of fresh herbs!

Lebanese Lentil Salad

Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic and Herbs has been a huge hit on the blog, and this herb-filled salad is loaded with flavor. And I know that lentils are legumes and not beans, but I had to include this one!

Cucumber, Avocado, and Garbanzo Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint

If you’re lucky enough to have access to fresh mint, this Cucumber, Avocado, and Garbanzo Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint is absolutely a wow!

Chicken, Black Bean, and Red Pepper Salad with Spicy Avocado Dressing

Chicken, Black Bean, and Red Pepper Salad with Spicy Avocado Dressing is definitely hearty enough to be a main-dish salad, and the dressing on this salad is so tasty!

Fattoush-Inspired Chopped Salad with Tahini-Buttermilk Dressing and Sumac

And if you like the Lebanese salad called Fattoush, you’ll love this Fattoush-Inspired Chopped Salad with Tahini-Buttermilk Dressing and Sumac!

More Salad Recipes with Dried Beans:

Black Bean Salad with Fuyu Persimmon, Avocado, and Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette
Chickpea and Edamame Salad with Lemon and Mint
Spicy Pinto Bean and Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley
Spicy Cannellini Bean Salad with Tuna, Peperoncini, and Parsley
Cannellini Beans in Mint Marinade
Southwestern Bean Salad with Black Beans, Black-Eyed Peas, and Peppers
Balela Middle Eastern Bean Salad
Shrimp and Black Bean Salad with Cilantro, Cumin, and Lime
Black Bean and Pepper Salad with Lime and Cilantro
Baby Kale, White Bean, and Tuna Salad with Lemon

If you have a favorite bean salad for summer, let us know about it in the comments!

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    26 Comments on “Ten Favorite Salads with Dried Beans”

  1. Brenda, good idea, and I hope you enjoy the salads!

  2. Wow, these salads all look amazing! I know what I'm making for dinner tonight. I always drain and reserve the oil from my tuna packed in olive oil and use it as part of the dressing ingredients. It really does give any canned tuna salad recipe more flavor! week 2 into SB p1 and this will really help making up those brown bag lunches! Thanks for the recipes!

  3. Dawson, I love hearing that! So glad you've been enjoying it.

  4. Hi Kalyn,

    I made your White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley when you posted it on July 7…and have made it every week since!!! Now when I think of tuna salad, I don't automatically reach for the jar of homemade mayonnaise…and my waistline thanks you ^_^

    Will have to give your Spicy Pinto Bean and Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley a whirl this week!

  5. Thanks Johanna, glad you liked the salads.

  6. oooohhh! a perfect selection for the next BBQ! wonderful, thanks!