Quick and Easy White Bean Salad

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Simple white bean salad with red onions, a little lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, herbs, salt and pepper.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

My mother is a genius.

She throws together the most simple of ingredients, and they are so good that I have to get up in the middle of a meal to write everything down, for in her words, “if you like it, ask me now what I did because in an hour I won’t remember.”

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What I love about this white bean salad creation of hers is that it is so dead easy, and it’s good protein too.

It would make an excellent picnic salad because you can make it a day ahead; the extra time just gives the flavors more time to sink into the beans. If you really have the time, make the beans from scratch ahead of time on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker.

It can also be put together at the last minute with basic pantry items. If you have fresh herbs available, you can use those, if not, dry Herbs de Provence work well too.

Quick and Easy White Bean Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

You can easily double or quadruple the recipe to serve a larger group.


  • 1 14.5-ounce can white beans, drained but not rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons wine vinegar (red or white)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry Herbs de Provence (crumbled) OR 1 teaspoon of some combination of finely chopped rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and lavender
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


1 Let the onion marinate in lemon juice: After you chop up the onion, squeeze a little lemon juice over it and let it sit while prepping the other ingredients. According to my mother, this will take the edge off the onion.

2 Combine all ingredients into a serving dish. You can serve right away if you want, but if you chill for a few hours, the flavors will come together better.

Lasts a couple of days in the refrigerator.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. steve

    Added tomatoes and fresh basil instead of herbes. The lemon/onion trick worked. My wife hates raw onion, but said this was acceptable. Very quick and flexible.


  2. Alexa

    Very good. I had some cucumber and tomato that needed using, so threw those in there too. Subbed fresh dill for herbs de Provence. Very adaptable recipe.



    loved it! so easy and tasty!


  4. Patrice

    My grandmother and mother always made this salad, almost exactly as listed here in your recipe. I loved it when I was young and last year I started making it again. I was looking for some variations to try and came across your recipe and it sure brings back memories.


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  5. erika

    Tasty!! I added cilantro instead, tomatoes and hearts of palm. Delicious.


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