Composed Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Composed Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2015

Channel your inner food stylist while arranging the beans and vegetables for this show-stopping composed bean salad recipe. Serve at a potluck or for a beautiful salad at brunch alongside grilled chicken, scallops or fish.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 2 cups green beans (about 8 ounces), trimmed
  • ½ cup fresh basil, plus 2 tablespoons chopped for garnish
  • 1 small shallot, quartered
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey or agave syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (see Tip), rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can dark red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini or navy beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup very thinly sliced radishes


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  1. Steam green beans in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Spread them out to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, combine ½ cup basil, shallot, oil, vinegar, honey (or agave), mustard, salt and pepper in a blender. Puree until smooth.
  3. Arrange the green beans and remaining ingredients on a platter. Serve with the dressing. Garnish with the chopped basil, if desired.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate green beans (Step 1) and dressing (Step 2) in separate containers for up to 1 day.
  • Try homemade beans instead of canned. Start with 1 pound of any type of dry beans and rinse well. Place in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of cold water. Let soak at least 8 hours or overnight. (If you're in a hurry, put the beans in a pot and cover with 2 inches of water; bring to boil, boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 1 hour.) Drain the beans, transfer to a large pot and cover with 3 inches cold water. Bring to a boil, skimming off any foam. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 30 minutes to 2 hours. (Cooking time varies depending on the type and age of the bean; start checking tenderness at 30 minutes.) Wait until the beans are almost tender to add salt; adding it too early can prevent beans from softening. (Use about 1 teaspoon salt per pound of beans.) Refrigerate beans in their cooking liquid for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. One pound dry beans makes 5 to 6 cups

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 246 calories; 8 g fat(1 g sat); 11 g fiber; 37 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 90 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 515 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 61 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 423 mg sodium; 426 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (22% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, ½ vegetable, 1½ lean meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 4

July 04, 2017
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By: Anna-Corinne
I did not think that I would love this as much as I do... My meat-loving man cannot wait for me to make this again. Really tasty!
June 27, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Fresh summer meatless Monday Used frozen, cooked lima beans instead of kidney beans, served with cornbread! Pros: Easy make ahead better to cool in frig before serving
May 07, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Main Dish Bean Salad fresh food from cans - unexpectedly good. I'd chill it next time and add more tomatoes. Pros: tasty, easy, pretty Cons: none
May 07, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Great salad, great dressing I made a nice display of this salad as well as a bowl with the leftovers because I used mostly canned beans. My husband, who usually is mute on my vegetarian meals, raved about the salad. Pros: quick, yummy
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