Beans are a nutritional powerhouse that I often overlook and forget about. Not only are they nutritionally superior to many other foods (thanks to their high fiber and protein content), they are also incredibly convenient and easy to prepare. When I am making a dish with beans I always opt for canned beans. Dried beans are perfectly fine to use, but I am all about ease and convenience. There is no argument that preparing canned beans is far easier than preparing dried beans.
My husband grew up in a household that regularly consumed beans so he is always thrilled when I include them in our dinner or prepare them to keep in the fridge for lunches for the week. My White Bean Salad with Feta recipe can be prepared in about 20 minutes, is easily doubled and will keep well in the fridge for a few days. This salad recipe will help you get more veggies in your diet, increase your fiber consumed for the day and is an excellent side dish for Meatless Monday.
What ingredients will you need for Quick & Easy White Bean Salad with Feta?
- Cannellini Beans
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Red Onion
- Fresh Parsley
- Olive Oil
- Rice Vinegar
- Lemon Juice
- Dried Oregano
- Garlic Powder
- Feta Cheese
None of the ingredients listed above need to be cooked – unless you want to use dried beans instead of canned. Only a few ingredients (cherry tomatoes, celery, red onion & parsley) require chopping. Many of the ingredients used to make the vinaigrette can be found in your pantry!
How long will the White Bean Salad keep in the fridge?
This recipe actually tastes BETTER after it has sat in the fridge for a few hours! If you are making this for a party, I highly suggest making it the night before or at least a few hours before you plan on serving it. It is an excellent dish to get made ahead of time. This White Bean Salad with Feta will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Can you make any ingredient substitutions or additions?
Yes! Of course you can! That is why I love cooking so much. You can make recipes “your own” by adding or subtracting ingredients based on your individual preferences. You can use any white bean that you prefer or have on hand. Your substitutions may include butter beans or garbanzo beans. I have made this recipe before with cucumber added in, which is something I will definitely do when late summer rolls around and our garden is overflowing with cucumbers. Feel free to substitute any kind of tomato you prefer for the cherry tomatoes. You will notice that most of my recipes contain garlic because I LOVE GARLIC. You will also notice that I always go light on the pepper because I do not care for much pepper. Of course if you change the recipe too much then it will not be my recipe anymore and you will have created your own recipe!
What can you serve the Quick & Easy White Bean Salad with Feta with?
This recipe tastes great with grilled chicken, a broiled white fish like haddock or cod, or on it’s own with a chunk of fresh baked bread. Check out my recipe for No Knead Dutch Oven Bread here! You could serve the White Bean Salad with Feta for brunch, lunch or dinner.
How do you make the Quick & Easy White Bean Salad with Feta recipe?
Step 1: Mix together your vinaigrette ingredients – olive oil, rice vinegar, fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder.
Step 2: Open your cans of cannellini beans, drain them over the sink in a colander and rinse with cool water. Empty the rinsed and drained cannellini beans into a large mixing bowl. After you have chopped up your fresh vegetables and herbs (tomatoes, celery, red onion and parsley), add the vegetables and herbs to the large mixing bowl with the cannellini beans.
Step 3: Pour the vinaigrette over the cannellini beans and veggies in the large mixing bowl and mix well to combine. Add in the feta cheese and gently toss to combine. Eat immediately or let sit for a few hours to let the flavors blend together. Enjoy!Print