Easy bean salad

This bean salad is a wonderful source of all three of the important DASH micronutrients: magnesium, potassium and calcium. Tuck into this vibrant side dish or have it as a light vegetarian meal.

Ready in

1 hour

Serving size

Serves 4 as a meal or 6 as a side dish


  • 100 g broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 x 410 g tin butter beans or any other white bean, drained (see tip)
  • 1 x 400 g tin red kidney or black beans, drained
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cut into thin wedges and then halved
  • 1 slice feta, cubed
  • fresh origanum, Italian parsley and thin strips of lemon rind to garnish


  • ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) red wine vinegar or orange juice
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) ground cumin
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) chopped fresh origanum
  • 5 tsp (25 ml) chopped fresh mint
  • Black pepper to taste


  1.  Salad: Place broccoli in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to stand for 10-15 minutes or until just cooked, but still bright green. Rinse broccoli in a bowl of iced water to stop the cooking process. Drain well and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Dressing: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl or jug and season to taste.
  3. Gently toss all the salad ingredients with half of the dressing in a large mixing bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavours to develop. Mix in the remaining dressing, garnish with extra herbs and lemon rind. Serve immediately.


  1. When in season, add one avocado, cubed.
  2. Keep the butter bean liquid and freeze, to use as stock for stews and soups.

Easy bean salad

Easy bean salad dressing as a marinade

Make this dressing and use it as a marinade. Toss it over your favourite veggies and roast to perfection - yummy!

Easy bean salad

Easy bean salad dressing

This salad dressing is so versatile and super delicious on almost every salad. Make this dressing and use over a winter salad of citrus, steamed broccoli, fresh avocado and toasted sunflower seeds.

Easy bean salad dressing

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