Can you bring that bean salad?

August 11, 2010

Mixed Bean Salad with Sundried Tomatoes

I’m sorta sick of this bean salad, but I’m taking that as a good sign because I received more requests for this side dish than any other this cookout season. So apparently I am very skilled at opening five cans of beans and tossing them with sliced sundried tomatoes, slivered red onions, fresh basil and a super simple vinaigrette. Wish I could boast that this oft-requested recipe was extremely complicated and required some advanced cooking skills, but that would be a complete and utter lie. I can’t lie. I turn red and cry. Plus, complicated food is not really my style.

There is something crazy addicting about this salad, which is dangerous because, well, it’s mostly beans. So enjoy with caution. Like as a side dish as it’s intended. Attempting to consume a decent size bowl of the leftovers as a lunch entree is not recommended. I learned my lesson.

Mixed Bean Salad with Sundried Tomatoes

(Adapted from Cooking Light)
  • 1 8-oz jar sundried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 5 14-oz cans assorted beans (such as kidney, black, great northern, black-eyed, etc.), rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 large red onion, sliced into thin moons
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 2-3 T sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Drain tomatoes, reserving 1/3 cup of the oil.  Coarsely chop the tomatoes and set aside.

To the chopped tomatoes, add the beans, red onion and basil.  Toss lightly.

In a separate bowl, combine vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper.  Slowly whisk in the reserved oil to make vinaigrette.  Pour over bean salad and toss.  Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour (overnight is best).  Serve cold or at room temperature.

6 Comments
  1. allison [a for aubergine]

    August 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm


    I am a huge fan of bean salads. I recently started making more types of bean salads and I’ll add this to the list. Love it.

  2. Lindsay

    August 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm


    This is the recipe Ive been telling you to put up!! I love this bean salad :) Thanks kk

  3. Stephanie

    August 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm


    Beans! Beans! They’re good for your heart. The more you eat, the more you…

    You can finish the lyrics. And yes, I am 7 years old.

    If it has vinegar in it, count me in! Looks tasty as always!

  4. Katie @ Cozydelicious

    August 13, 2010 at 9:24 pm


    Isn’t it funny how the recipes friends want most are the simplest ones? Haha. Anyway, this looks super tasty!

  5. grace

    August 18, 2010 at 6:11 am


    replace the basil with cilantro and i’ll dive in face-first. :)

  6. I’m in search of new salads idea. This will make it to our table soon!

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