Simple White Bean Summer Salad

Simple White Bean Summer Salad

Do you prefer big salads, chock full of every vegetable in your fridge? Or would you rather have a simple salad with just a few ingredients? If you said yes to the last question, you’ll love this white bean salad.

I’ve always enjoyed taking a minimalist approach to cooking. I consider a recipe success if I use fewer ingredients with fantastic flavor pairings. That’s how I came up with this simple white bean summer salad.

Speaking of minimalism, it just so happens I love a minimalist morning. You probably know that making lunches ahead of time is a great way to save time and stress in the morning. However, constantly making lunch the night before can get repetitive. Whenever I make a big dish to last two or three days, the next morning I can feel the lead weight lift off my shoulders and fly, fly away.

You’ll love the fresh taste of this summer salad with fresh basil and cilantro. Don’t like cilantro? Add more basil. Simple.

It’s extremely filling from all the protein and fiber in the white beans, so it’s a great salad on its own. But I would imagine it would also pair quite nicely with some grilled fish or chicken for a fresh summer meal.

It’s a five-minute recipe– which is all the time I have most evenings and I know many of you are the same. Give yourself a break. It’s summer. Toss together this fresh, white bean salad.

Simple White Bean Summer Salad

Author: Palette Dining
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serves: 2-3


  • 13 Cocktail Tomatoes (15 oz)
  • 1 and ½ cups white navy beans, cooked
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped roughly
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped roughly
  • 2 TB lemon juice
  • 1-2 TB extra virgin olive oil, to taste


  1. Halve or quarter the cocktail tomatoes. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir. Serve immediately, or refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend.

Serve as a side salad alongside fish, chicken, quinoa, garlic bread, extra greens, etc. Or, serve as a main dish simply on its own.

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