Summer Bean Salad

Is it salad weather where you are? There’s not much cooking going on here as the weather is so lovely it’s a bit too warm to eat anything much! Of course, we still need to eat, so salads are the way to go!

I recall Jhuls @thenotsocreativecook previously saying she doesn’t eat salads! Well, this is definitely not a limp lettuce and tomato salad, oh no! This is a substantial protein packed salad with a spicy salty sweet dressing! Oh yes indeed! As always, you can play with the ingredients to suit your budget, tastes or pantry! 😀 The dressing you should try and get as close to as possible, but as always there are subs you can make! 🙂

Colourful protein packed Summer Bean Salad

Let’s check out the recipe!

5 from 2 votes
Summer Bean Salad

A protein packed salad great for the warmer weather. The dressing makes this salad sing – make sure you add it to get the best flavours!

Keyword: beans, salad, summer
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 1 tin mixed beans rinsed and drained (or sub any beans)
  • 1 tin chickpeas rinsed and drained (or sub another bean)
  • 1/2 medium cucumber diced
  • 1 medium orange pepper diced (or sub any sweet pepper)
  • 2-3 spring onion greens thinly chopped (green tops only)
  • 5 medium cherry tomatoes cut in half then quarters
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon brown rice vinegar (or sub apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcester sauce (vegan) (or sub soy/tamari)
  • 1/2 medium lime juiced (approx 1 tablespoon) (or sub lemon juice)
  • 1 cm green chilli diced
  1. Put the beans, chickpeas, cucumber, pepper and spring onion in a large bowl and gently mix together. Add the tomatoes and gently mix through.

  2. Sprinkle over the pepper, paprika and salt, the carefully fold through. Transfer to a serving bowl.

  3. Mix the rice vinegar, balsamic, Worcester sauce and lime juice together and add the chilli.

  4. Just before serving, pour the dressing over the salad.

  5. Enjoy!

You can of course just eat this salad as it is for a main meal, or you could add it to a selection of other salads, maybe as part of a barbecue. Everyone loves this coleslaw and there’s always someone asking for the recipe! My favourite is this Turkish shepherds salad and of course, for you potato fans, there is a potato salad too! I have a thing for lettuce wraps at the minute, so I’ll be loading my bean salad into firm and crunchy little gem or romaine lettuce leaves. Yummy! 😛 Perfect Summer picnic food! 😀

Flavoursome fresh Summer ingredients

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I’m taking this salad over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday. This week it is co-hosted by Mollie @ Frugal Hausfrau and by Angie herself! Come on over and see what everyone is sharing – grab a load of new ideas and make new friends! 🙂 Oh, and if you have some free time one weekend, why not volunteer to be a co-host yourself! 🙂


  • Kat (The Baking Explorer) 23rd August 2019 at 16:34

    This looks so fresh and healthy!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 23rd August 2019 at 19:53

      Thanks Kat, I hope you’re well. It’s really yummy – especially with the dressing!

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  • frugal hausfrau 27th August 2019 at 03:09

    We have had the coldest weather – so strange for August. I’t been down in the 50s F at night. This looks like a salad hearty enough fo r a hot summer meal but with enough heft to carry into fall! Loe it!!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 28th August 2019 at 11:54

      Thanks Mollie. We’re now in Wales and the weather dropped as we crossed over the water from 90f to 73f! It’s so lovely and peaceful here though! Thanks for co-hosting (again)! x

  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 30th August 2019 at 03:30

    Nice salad, Laurena! I’ve been eating a lot of salads, too. Recently I became obsessed with watermelon feta salad, so good!!

    Can you cohost next week?

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 6th September 2019 at 08:58

      Thanks Angie! Watermelon feta salad sounds intriguing… I make a vegan feta (yes, really), so I’ll give that a try soon! You’re right – my messages have been acting strange… I’m guessing you’ve planned something else for co-hosting this week! xxx


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