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A tasty, colourful Easy Bean Salad that’s perfect for summer BBQs, picnics or just as a healthy side dish alongside a weeknight dinner.

I think bean salad is one of those salads where you can pretty much just throw in whatever you fancy, you can make it as simple or loaded as you like! 

I use canned beans in my salads just because I want them ready simply, quickly and often last minute. 

Seriously, our bean salad is just ridiculously easy!

I like to use a mixture of beans, sweetcorn, celery, salad onions and finely chopped peppers to add a pop of colour as well as extra taste.

I drizzle over some good dressing – usually a nice Italian Vinaigrette to keep it light and healthy. This salad goes great with our chicken and halloumi burgers.

Bean Salad made with borlotti beans, sweetcorn, celery, red pepper, salad onions and Italian dressing.

I love the Italian Vinaigrette from Epicurious – simple and delicious, but if you’ve not time to make your own, just grab a good store bought bottle.

Easy Bean Salad Ingredients 

  • 400g can Borlotti beans – or you can use chickpeas, cannellini beans, black beans or kidney beans you could also grab yourself a can of mixed beans. Just pick your favourite.
  • 300g can sweetcorn
  • 1 red pepper – finely diced
  • 4 spring onions – finely sliced
  • 2-3 sticks celery – finely sliced
  • Handful of mixed chopped herbs – I usually use Basil, Flat Leaf Parsley, Chives, Dill
  • 3 tbs Italian salad dressing – you can swap this for any other dressing you like – blue cheese, creamy mayonnaise or try out our lime and ginger salad dressing here for a zesty fiery option.

Equipment Needed To Make This Salad Recipe

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp vegetable knife
  • Sieve or colander
  • Tablespoon
  • Mixing bowl
  • Serving bowl

How To Make Easy Bean Salad

Here’s how you make a bean salad from scratch and it’s ridiculously easy!

  • Rinse the beans – tip the tinned beans and sweetcorn into a sieve or colander and rinse them under cold running water. Then set to drain for a few minutes.
  • Mix the salad vegetables together – tip the beans, sweetcorn, pepper, onions and celery into a mixing bowl and stir everything together gently to mix.
  • Scatter over the herbs – saving some for garnish at the end.
  • Pour over the dressing – then stir through gently to coat everything.
  • Add the herb garnish – scatter over the remaining herbs and serve.

How Long Can I Keep Bean Salad In The Fridge?

When using canned beans – check the side of the can for details but it’s usually 2 days in the fridge.

Make sure you store the bean salad in a non-metallic container and cover with a lid or cling film.

Is Bean Salad Good For You?

Totally! Beans are packed with fibre, B vitamins, protein and iron as well as being low fat.

Our Easy Bean Salad is also naturally vegan. 

Plus adding a few spoonfuls of bean salad to your meal is an easy way to make sure you are eating towards your 5-a-day.

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What Other Vegetables Can I Put In Bean Salad?

You can add in whatever you like, this is your salad, you should add in the things that you just love to eat!

  • different types of beans 
  • different coloured peppers
  • beetroot cubes
  • grated carrot or beets
  • finely chopped fennel
  • grated courgettes
  • meat – fancy some meat in your bean salad? Try adding in some crispy bacon or even shredded ham or chicken, they all work well with beans.
  • fish – seafood actually works really well with a bean salad. In particular cooked prawns or canned tuna, they taste so good with the beans and Italian style dressing.

Tips For Making The Best Bean Salad

  • Make sure the beans are well rinsed and drained – otherwise your bean salad will be watery and soggy and that’ll ruin the flavours of the dressing.
  • Be sure to chop up the added vegetables finely, ideally you want them to be smaller than the beans. This just makes the texture better.
  • You don’t need to wait until serving to add the dressing to your bean-packed dish – I like the beans to marinate in the dressing for an hour or two, it just makes everything taste nicer.

How To Serve Bean Salad

If you’re wondering – what does a 3 bean salad go with? Then – we’ve loads of tasty ideas!

This bean-packed side dish is great alongside BBQ food or with picnics, it goes especially well with hot dogs.

You can add a little pot of our beans to packed lunches.

And it’s delicious served with buttery, fluffy baked potatoes.

We also love this just as a summery side dish with meat or chicken and a big green salad.

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Bean Salad made with borlotti beans, sweetcorn, celery, red pepper, salad onions and Italian dressing.

Easy Bean Salad

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Fresh and tasty bean salad that's perfect for summer


  • 400g can Borlotti beans (or use chickpeas, cannellini beans, black beans or kidney beans)
  • 300g can sweetcorn
  • 1 red pepper - finely diced
  • 4 salad onions - finely sliced
  • 2-3 sticks celery - finely sliced
  • Handful of mixed chopped herbs - I usually use Basil, Flat Leaf Parsley, Chives, Dill
  • 3-4 tbs Italian dressing


  1. Mix together the beans, sweetcorn and salad vegetables in a bowl.
  2. Scatter over the herbs (saving some for garnish)
  3. Pour over the dressing and stir through gently to coat everything.
  4. Add the herb garnish.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 837mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 10gSugar: 20gProtein: 11g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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