Quick and Easy White Bean Salad

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

White Bean Salad
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."

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.

White bean salad in a bowl
Elise Bauer

Quick and Easy White Bean Salad

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 4 servings

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

  • Squeeze 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
151 Calories
4g Fat
23g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 424mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 483mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.