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Favorite Salads with Dried Beans

Lots of people keep beans in the pantry, and here are 24 Favorite Salads with Dried Beans that are perfect for picnics or lunches!

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Favorite Salads with Dried Beans collage photo of featured recipes

Most people who like dried beans love salads with dried beans, and here are some Favorite Salads with Dried Beans that are all just so tasty! And you can cook beans in the slow cooker or Instant Pot (or on the stove) or make it easy and just use rinsed and drained canned beans in these recipes.

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 most of my bean salads combine the beans with protein or low-carb vegetables to keep the carbs lower. I had a hard time narrowing down my list of favorites, so be sure to look at all the options to find a salad you might want to try! Or use Salad Recipes for more more salad ideas.

Black Bean and Pepper Salad finished salad in serving bowl

This Black Bean and Pepper Salad was updated with new photos, and I switched out the recipe a bit to use lots of colorful peppers and fewer beans to make this a more carb-conscious salad.

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. And if you haven’t cooked with jicama, it’s a low-carb treat!

Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro found on KalynsKitchen.com

Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes has so many of my favorite flavors and this salad is really popular on the blog!

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

This Butter Bean Salad is loaded with flavor from sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, Feta, and basil vinaigrette! 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 found on KalynsKitchen.com

What makes this Cucumber, Tomato, and Garbanzo Bean Salad such a winner is marinating the garbanzo beans and using plenty of fresh herbs!

Cannellini Bean and Tuna Salad with Peperoncini and Parsley close-up photo

When I became totally infatuated with spicy Peperoncini peppers, I made this Cannellini Bean and Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, and this is another salad with a generous amount of parsley to add flavor!

Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Herbs finished salad in serving bowl

In this Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Herbs I’m using less beans and more tomatoes, olives, and herbs for a more carb-conscious version.

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

White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley

This beloved Tuna and White Bean Salad 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 and adds lots of parsley for extra flavor.

Cucumber Avocado Salad with Chickpeas and Feta in serving bowl with plates and forks

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

Shrimp and Black Bean Salad finished salad

Shrimp and Black Bean Salad has great flavors that are enhanced with cilantro, cumin, and lime!

Pinto Bean Salad with Tuna, Tomatoes, and Peperoncini close-up photo

This tasty Pinto Bean Salad with Tuna, Tomatoes, and Peperoncini has lots of tuna and just a few beans, and this is perfect for a quick salad for lunch! Or check the link for a no-bean version of the salad, whichever you prefer.

More Salad Recipes with Dried Beans:

Chickpea Salad with Red Pepper, Mint, and Sumac
Chickpea Edamame Salad
Chickpea Tuna Salad
Chicken and Black Bean Salad
Cannellini Beans Salad with Mint
Southwestern Quinoa Salad (with black beans)
Orzo Salad with Chickpeas and Kale
Southwestern Bean Salad with Black-Eyed Peas
Chickpea and Tomato Salad
Balela Middle Eastern Bean Salad
Curried Chickpea Salad
Black-Eyed Pea Salad

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

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    26 Comments on “Favorite Salads with Dried Beans”

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

  2. 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…

  3. 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!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. I love bean salads, this is perfect!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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. 🙂


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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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/

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

  19. 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.

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