This 4-Bean Salad with Herbed Tahini Dressing Is Dinner-Party Perfection

This vibrant twist on the classic salad uses fresh green beans and nutty, earthy tahini plus a ton of herbs that you can use based on your preference. Tahini can get bitter, but we balance that with a bit of honey.  We liked the combination of parsley, tarragon and dill for the herbs.

a recipe photo of the 4-Bean Salad with Herbed Tahini Dressing
Photo: Photographer: Rachel Marek, Food stylist: Annie Probst
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • ½ cup tahini

  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 large clove garlic, grated

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, dill, tarragon, chervil, thyme and/or oregano

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added kidney beans, rinsed

  • 2 cups blanched green beans, cut into thirds (see Tip)

  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed

  • ¾ cup diced celery

  • ½ cup sliced red onion

  • ½ cup finely diced red bell pepper

  • Toasted sesame seeds for serving (optional)


  1. Whisk tahini, lemon juice, honey, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Drizzle in oil while whisking. Stir in herbs. Add chickpeas, kidney beans, green beans, edamame, celery, onion and bell pepper. Toss to coat with the dressing. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 2 days.


To blanch green beans, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Set a bowl of ice water next to the stove. Add green beans to the boiling water. Cook until bright green and crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Remove the beans with tongs and immediately plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

246 Calories
13g Fat
25g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 246
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 5g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 834IU 17%
Vitamin C 27mg 30%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 85mcg 21%
Vitamin K 80mcg 67%
Sodium 340mg 15%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 64mg 15%
Potassium 523mg 11%
Zinc 2mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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