No summer picnic is complete without a fresh and filling bean salad. From black beans to cannellini to garbanzo, you’ll find lots of tasty ways to turn these pantry staples into a seriously delicious summer side dish.
Pinto Bean Salsa Salad
Beans, avocado, tomatoes, corn and peppers are all extremely high in water, making this salsa a staple for any gathering you host. Colourful, delicious and rich in nutrients, you’ll be looking for more ways to add this salsa salad to the side of your plate.
Green Goddess Chickpea Salad
Any soft, tender herb can be used to make pesto, from parsley to basil, mint to cilantro. Choose your favourite, or a combination, and turn chickpea salad into a full-on herby feast.
Get the recipe for Green Goddess Chickpea Salad
Three-Bean Salad With Sesame, Garlic & Lemon
This is a colourful, healthy and tasty variation of the picnic classic: three-bean salad.
With protein-packed black beans, creamy avocado, crunchy peppers and juicy tomatoes, this salad from Ina Garten is wholly satisfying on its own. Enjoy this as a packable, super-healthy, vegan lunch at work.
Anna Olson's Vegetarian Niçoise Salad
Let the South of France offer some healthy eating assistance in the new year. Tuna is skipped for beans, making this meal suitable for vegetarians or your meatless Monday table. Lean yet substantial, it’s a packable lunch main course or lighter dinner entree.
Colourful Quinoa Salad
Chock-full of protein-rich ingredients like nuts and seeds, plus tons of healthy, colourful veggies and beans, this flavourful quinoa salad is as beautiful as it is good for you.
Grilled Corn and Bean Salad
Grilling corn brings out a smokiness to the sweet kernels. In this picnic-perfect salad, it’s paired with hearty beans for a side or veggie main that won’t wilt.
White Bean Tuna Salad
A pantry-friendly salad that will feel fresh, yet filling. Canned tuna and beans help make a protein-packed salad that’s budget-friendly, too.
White Bean and Arugula Salad
Beans are nutritional superstars, containing protein, iron, folate, fibre and more, though they’re often canned with added salt to retain their shape. Look for no-salt added beans to include in your recipes, cook your own, or turn them into a low-sodium entrée, like this elegant white bean and arugula salad.
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Chock-full of fresh corn, red pepper, red onion, snow peas and canned black beans, this flavourful salad is ideal for lunch or as a side for dinner.
Full of red pepper, fragrant garlic, fresh cilantro and chickpeas makes this a protein-packed side that will leave you satisfied after a long day of outdoor adventure.
Mexican Macaroni Salad
Black beans, corn, tomatoes, and a creamy dressing combine with elbow macaroni in a tasty side. This dish is also perfect for summer picnics.
Chickpeas are a source of vegetarian protein and cholesterol-reducing fibre. One of the most versatile legumes, they can be employed in tomato-based soups, stews, or be used in a lunchtime main or dinner side salad.
Corn and Black Bean Salad with Basil Lime Vinaigrette
Freshly grilled corn gives this salad a mouthwatering hint of smoky flavour. Fresh mango, red pepper and beans are added and tossed in a fragrant herb-filled vinaigrette. The result is a bite of summer in each forkful.
Garbanzo Bean and Zucchini Salad
A five-minute salad you can throw together for dinner, lunch or when last-minute guests arrive.
The Ultimate Grain Salad
White beans give this quinoa and beet salad a hearty helping of fibre and protein, while cucumber, basil and dill deliver a burst of freshness to every bite.