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This Italian Tuscan White Bean Salad is perfect for any season, but I especially love it in the summer. The creamy and bold flavors of the Tuscan cannellini beans, garlic, and red onions are perfect for a hot summer day.

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This Tuscan White Bean Salad is a delicious and healthy salad to bring to your next summer event. It’s made with cannellini beans, tomatoes, red onion, and fresh herbs and bursting with flavor.

Our salad is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re looking for something to take to a potluck or just want something tasty to eat at home.

White Bean Salad for Any Season

This Tuscan Bean Salad is the perfect Italian salad for any season, thanks to the bold flavors. But, since it’s a bean salad, it’s perfect for summer events because you don’t have to worry about wilting lettuce or mayonnaise-based salads spoiling in the heat. 

Cannellini beans are a type of white kidney bean that is common in Tuscan cuisine. This white bean is larger than other types of white beans and has a creamy texture.

Tuscan cannellini beans are often used in soups and salads, like this Tuscan Bean Salad.

a white bowl of cannellini bean salad with silverware to the right and a striped napkin on the left with the corner of another bowl of white bean salad showing on the top right

If you can’t find Tuscan cannellini beans, you can use any type of white bean in this salad. Great Northern beans or navy beans would be good substitutes.

This Cannellini Bean Salad is a great way to use fresh herbs in your garden.

I like to use a mix of basil, oregano, and thyme in this salad. But, you can use any herbs you have on hand. Rosemary or sage would also be delicious in this salad.

This plant based salad is a healthy and easy salad that is perfect for any summer event. So, the next time you’re looking for a potluck dish or an easy lunch, give this Tuscan White Bean Salad a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Tuscan white bean salad with a fork in a white bowl with cloth, another bowl of tuscan salad, and chopped tomatoes ad cucumbers at the background

Ingredients for Tuscan Bean Salad

  • Lemon juice – adds brightness and acidity to the dressing
  • Dijon mustard – helps emulsify the dressing and adds a slight tang
  • Garlic – adds an earthy bite to the dressing and pairs perfectly with Tuscan vegetables
  • Dried Italian seasoning – adds a subtle herbal flavor to the dressing
  • Thyme – adds a bright herby flavor and pairs well with lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil – adds substance and richness to the dressing
  • Cannellini beans – the base of this salad
  • Persian cucumbers – add freshness and crunch to the salad
  • Cherry tomatoes – add a fresh pop to the salad
  • Feta – adds a creamy, salty flavor to the salad
  • Chopped parsley and flakey sea salt for garnish
Tuscan bean salad ingredients all placed in separate bowls which contains cucumber, cannellini beans, olive oil, dijon mustard, seasonings, cherry tomatoes, feta, and a slice of lemon

Recipe Notes

  • You will need about 1 lemon to get ¼ cup of lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice is highly recommended for this recipe.
  • If you don’t have fresh thyme, feel free to swap it for parsley.
  • I recommend a high-quality, flavorful olive oil.
  • I’m using canned cannellini beans in this Italian white bean salad recipe. They’re a quick shortcut and delicious. You can use any other small white bean in this recipe. Just be sure to drain and rinse them very well.
  • I like the size and texture of Persian cucumbers, but English or regular cucumbers would work too.
  • I like cherry tomatoes, but diced heirloom or Roma tomatoes would work too.
  • If you want a vegan salad, you can leave out the Feta.
a white bowl of tuscan bean salad with silverware to the right and a striped napkin on the left with the corner of another bowl of white bean salad showing on the top left

Equipment used for Cannellini Bean Salad

How to make Tuscan White Bean Salad

Add the lemon juice, dijon mustard, grated garlic, Italian seasoning, and thyme to a large bowl. Then whisk to combine.

Italian white bean salad dressing in a white bowl

Add the olive oil slowly while whisking. Keep whisking until the dressing is fully mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

cannellini beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta cheese all placed in a white bowl

Add the cannellini beans, sliced cucumbers, and halved tomatoes to the dressing. Stir to coat the vegetables with the dressing.

all ingredients and dressing mixed in a white bowl

Top the salad with crumbled feta cheese. You can also add chopped parsley and flakey sea salt if desired. Enjoy!

Perfect salad Recipe Options

Salads are perfect for those busy weeknights or hot summer days. This Italian white bean salad is an example of a perfect no cook salad. But if you are looking for something else, we have plenty of other recipes for delicious salads.

If you are looking for a gluten-free and dairy-free salad, the Green Goddess Cobb salad is a great option. Another good option is the Kale Salad for a nutritious superfood salad. If you are looking for a tasty pasta salad, the Tortellini Caprese, Pea Pesto Pasta, and Zesty Italian Pasta salad are perfect options!

a white bowl of tuscan bean salad with silverware to the right and a striped napkin on the left with the corner of another bowl of white bean salad showing on the top right

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to cook cannellini beans from a can?

No, you don’t have to cook them. Just make sure to rinse them well first.

Are cannellini beans the same as white beans?

Yes, cannellini beans are a variety of white beans. They are both a type of Phaseolus vulgaris bean. The difference is that cannellini beans are grown in Tuscany, Italy, while white beans can be grown anywhere.

What is a good sub for cannellini beans?

If you can’t find cannellini beans, you can swap with great northern beans or navy beans. Just drain and rinse them well before adding them to the salad. Chickpeas will also work but change the salad’s flavor slightly.

How long do you cook white beans?

To cook dried white beans, start by soaking them in water for at least eight hours. After they have soaked, boil the beans in fresh, salted water for at least an hour until they are tender. Once they are cooked, drain the beans and add them to your salad. Or see how to make dried beans in the Instant Pot.

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a white bowl of tuscan bean salad with silverware to the right and a striped napkin on the left with the corner of another bowl of white bean salad showing on the top right
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Tuscan Bean Salad

This Tuscan white bean salad is bright, fresh, and full of vegetables. You'll love the bold flavors combined with the creamy white beans. Enjoy this salad on its own, as a side, or with pita chips!
Course Side Dish, Salad, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean, American
Keyword Vegetables, Salads, beans, comfort foods, vegetarian, white beans, bean salad, italian recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 270kcal

Equipment

  • large bowl
  • whisk

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, grated or minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon fresh minced thyme
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (can substitute any white beans)
  • 1 Persian cucumbers sliced into half moons
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta
  • Chopped parsley and flakey sea salt for garnish

Instructions

  • Add the lemon juice, dijon mustard, grated garlic, italian seasoning, and thyme to a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the olive oil slowly, whisking as you pour. Continue whisking until the dressing is fully emulsified and slightly opaque. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the cannellini beans, sliced cucumbers, and halved tomatoes to the bowl. Stir to coat the vegetables with the dressing.
  • Top the salad with crumbled feta and enjoy. Garnish with chopped parsley and flakey sea salt, if desired.

Notes

Storage: This salad can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. Without the feta, this salad will stay fresh for up to four days.
Ingredient/Recipe Notes:
  • Lemon adds brightness and acidity to the dressing. Fresh lemon juice is highly recommended– 1 lemon should yield about ¼ cup of lemon juice.
  • Dijon helps emulsify the vinaigrette and adds a slight tang.
    Garlic adds an earthy bite to the vinaigrette and pairs perfectly with Tuscan vegetables.
  • Italian seasoning adds a subtle herbal flavor to the vinaigrette.
  • Fresh thyme adds a bright herby flavor and pairs well with lemon. If you don’t have fresh thyme, feel free to swap it for parsley.
  • Olive oil adds substance and richness to the vinaigrette. I recommend a good quality, flavorful olive oil.
  • Cannellini beans are great in this recipe– I’m using canned beans because it’s a quick shortcut, and they’re delicious. You can use any small white bean in this recipe. Just make sure to drain and rinse them very well.
  • Cucumbers add freshness and crunch to the salad. I like the size and texture of Persian cucumbers but English or regular cucumbers would work too.
  • Tomatoes add a fresh pop to the salad– I like cherry tomatoes but diced heirloom or Roma would work too.
  • Feta adds a creamy, salty flavor to the salad. For a vegan salad, feel free to omit it!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 2mg


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