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Ten Favorite Salads with Dried Beans

Late summer is picnic weather, and here are Ten Favorite Salads with Dried Beans that are perfect for picnics or taking to work for lunch; enjoy! Use Salad Recipes for more recipes like these.

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Ten Favorite Salads with Dried Beans

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.

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! And personally I think bean salads are especially good for the summer-into-fall type of days when it’s a bit too hot to cook, but just cool enough that you’d like something a little substantial for lunch. And if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll have some leftover bean salad to take to work! Check out 90 Healthy No-Heat Lunches for Taking to Work for even more ideas for that.

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 Vinaigrette is 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.

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, Peppers, and Cilantro

If you have a favorite salad for summer-into-fall picnics, please 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!

  7. Karen, thanks for the nomination for that one. I do like it a lot too; just too many good salads!

  8. Kalyn
    These all look great – although you're missing one of yours that is a favorite of mine that I make regularly to bring with me to work…the carrot, parlsey and garbanzo bean salad. Love it! But I'll have to branch out and try some of these!!

    My favorite…
    https://kalynskitchen.com/2007/04/carrot-parsley-and-garbanzo-chickpea.html

  9. Ali, so glad my timing was good to you. And thanks for the nice thoughts, but really the credit for losing weight goes to you. Way to go; I'm glad my blog was helpful!

  10. This is so coincidental! I was independently searching your blog for bean salads as I'm going back to phase one for a few weeks and am so bored of plain vegetable salads for work. Obviously, fate agrees with my decision, hehe. Thanks for consolidating them!

    Also, on a side note, I've lost 20kgs since last september on South beach, in part due to the dozens of your recipes I've cooked from your blog, so give yourself a pat on the back too please 🙂

  11. Lydia, we will get you to like chickpeas yet. Or just use other types of beans in the salads that call for chickpeas; I'm sure that will work.

    Pam, thanks. Glad you like it.

  12. I love bean salads, this is perfect!

  13. What a beautiful collection of salads. I love black beans and white beans, and lentils, of course. Still can't quick adore chickpeas, unless they're ground in hummus or soup, but I'm working on it. I like to make big batches of beans in the slow cooker, and freeze them in salad-size portions to be at the ready when the urge for a salad strikes.

  14. CJ, what a great idea to put a ring of Feta on the lentil salad. Glad you liked it.

  15. Made that Lebenese lentil salad for a potluck and ringed the outside with some feta. (I didn't want to share….) Everyone loved it. Thank you Kalyn!

  16. Shirley, glad you found something that looks good. Sorry you aren't getting the Indian Summer; it's really glorious this year. Thanks for sharing some good salads too.

  17. One of the wonderful things about having the great blogging and recipe history like you have, Kalyn, is that you can do one of these roundups and we all find something new to us or see a recipe that we still haven't made. Your Southwestern Black Bean Salad falls into the latter category for me. Serendipitously (because sometimes one fails to plan appropriately), I believe I have all the ingredients on hand–woohoo! 🙂

    No Indian summer here unfortunately. As much as I love fall, I was hoping to have enough of an Indian summer for good camping weather (warm days, cold nights) before it got too cold. But rain in the forecast added to the cold has kept us home this weekend. Hoping for a little better weather tomorrow for our support group picnic.

    Salads? I'm pretty partial to the Pulled Chicken Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing that I just made. (Chickpeas or Beans can be used in place of chicken.) And I crave this Chickpea Salad from Mary (Gluten-Free Spinner.

    Thanks, Kalyn! I hope you have a long Indian summer to keep your garden going as long as possible. 🙂

    Shirley

  18. Thanks Kelly. Let's have a retreat at my house and I'll make salad for everyone!

  19. Jeez Louise, woman. I'm sitting here in awe of this selection imagining a party where each one is on a table and I can trawl through them one by one. Thinking the last is on my list first. Today. The hubster is headed to a football game with his brother and I'm home alone which means salad! Wonderful selection, Kalyn!

  20. Janet, that sounds good! Anything with capers would be ok with me!

    Paz, thanks. Glad you like the salads!

    Joanne, one of my favorite things to take for lunch when I taught school!

  21. I'm pretty sure I need to cook my way through this list. Everything looks amazing! I love a good bean salad for lunch.

  22. OMG! Too many good recipes for me to try. I'm going to die of happiness. I'm not complaining, mind you! 😉 Thanks for this delicious line-up of recipes.

  23. As you know, I adore beans, especially in salads. I am loving your round-up!

    This has been my go-to potluck bean dish this summer, to rave reviews: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/11-spice-lentil-salad-with-capers-and-currants/

  24. Thanks Bev and Jeanette! So glad you like them.

  25. What a nice selection of bean salads. So nice to have an Indian Summer before the cold weather sets in. I would like a spoonful of each please.

  26. My stars, I could unhinge my jaw on every single bowl.

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