If you're looking for a satisfying and delicious no-lettuce salad, this Mediterranean kidney bean salad with fresh cilantro and Dijon vinaigrette is your ticket! Video and meal-prep ideas included.

Kidney bean salad with fresh vegetables and cilantro

Beans are a big part of Mediterranean cooking. Thankfully, they are cheap and easy to use! I keep all sorts of beans in my pantry for when I need to put together something quick an hearty. Here are a few bean recipes that readers love: Mediterranean bean soup with tomato pesto; Greek Fasolada; Vegan Quinoa Chili; Balalela; 3-bean salad; creamy bean dip.

Adding to this list, a personal favorite today: kidney bean salad with cilantro and Dijon vinaigrette.

Mediterranean Kidney Bean Salad

This is a classic Mediterranean "peasant salad." The star ingredient is one humble can of kidney beans, combined with chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and fresh cilantro. A light, homemade Dijon vinaigrette with a dash of all-natural sumac brings it all together and provides an irresistibly fresh and zesty flavor!

Kidney beans, onions, cucumbers, tomato and fresh herbs in one large mixing bowl

A Couple Tips

Meal-Prep: to make this kidney bean salad in advance as part of meal-prep, simply mix the beans, chopped veggies and cilantro. Do not add the dressing/vinaigrette. Store the salad and dressing in the fridge in separate glass containers until ready to use. This salad should keep well for 3 to 4 days or so, if stored appropriately.

Recipe Variations: You can use a different kind of beans such as white beans, black beans, or even garbanzo beans (chickpeas). And if you're not a fan of cilantro, you can use another fresh herb of your choice like mint, dill, parsley, or basil. You can even use a couple different herbs to your liking.

Kidney Bean Salad with Cilantro and Dijon Vinaigrette. Served in large bowl

What to Serve Along?

This salad is great served next to your favorite protein like souvlaki; simple lemon chicken; or salmon. And if you want to make some epic vegan bowls, add this kidney bean salad next to a few falafels and a scoop of creamy homemade hummus.

Watch the Video for How I Make This Easy Kidney Bean Salad

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Kidney Bean Salad with Cilantro and Dijon Vinaigrette | The Mediterranean Dish. BuzzFeed calls this salad, “incredible!” A simple and tasty salad of kidney beans, chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions with cilantro, sumac and a zesty Dijon vinaigrette. It will be your new favorite!

Kidney Bean and Cilantro Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette


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Description

Simple Mediterranean kidney bean salad with garden vegetables, fresh cilantro, and homemade Dijon vinaigrette. See the video and recipe notes for variations.


Ingredients

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  • 1 15-oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ English cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 Medium-sized heirloom tomato, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed, chopped (about 1 ¼ cup)
  • 1 red onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1 large lime or lemon, juice of
  • 3 tbsp Private Reserve or Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp fresh garlic paste, or finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine the kidney beans with the chopped vegetables and cilantro.
  2. To make the vinaigrette, in a separate small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, oil, mustard, fresh garlic, sumac, and pepper.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and combine well with a large spoon. Add a dash of salt and pepper if you need to.
  4. Cover and let sit in the fridge for half hour to an hour before serving.

Notes

  • Cook's Tip: to make this kidney bean salad in advance as part of meal-prep, simply mix the beans, chopped veggies and cilantro. Do not add the addressing. Store the salad and dressing in the fridge in separate glass containers until ready to use. This salad should keep well for 3 to 4 days or so, if stored appropriately.
  • Recipe Variations: You can use a different kind of beans such as white beans, black beans, or even garbanzo beans (chickpeas). And if you're not a fan of cilantro, you can use another fresh herb of your choice like mint, dill, parsley, or basil. You can even use a couple different herbs to your liking.
  • Recommended for this Recipe: All-natural Sumac, and Private Reserve or Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives). SAVE! Try our Greek olive oil bundle or our Ultimate Mediterranean Spice Bundle.
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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Counter Top
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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Comments

  1. Rachel Corliss says:

    Thank you!! Yes, this is a very tasty and flavorful dish.






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Awesome, Rachel! So glad you liked it!

  2. Cassi says:

    This was so awesome! I ended up throwing some tuna in and it was just as fantastic.

  3. Lynda Mohr says:

    Is there a spice or spice blend I could use instead of sumac?

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      There really is not, Lynda. It's a very unique spice that's both tangy and earthy. You can omit sumac if you must.

  4. Sommer says:

    Obsessed with this salad! It hit the spot!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Awesome! So glad to hear it!

  5. Lyla says:

    This is so filling! Love it for a side or easy lunch.






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Wonderful, Lyla! So glad to hear it!

  6. lauren kelly says:

    I love this healthy salad! It's so easy to make too!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      It is! Thanks, Lauren!

  7. Tara says:

    This salad is just perfect any time of the year!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Totally! Thanks, Tara!

  8. Toni says:

    I loved it! So delicious and refreshing! My family enjoyed it too!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Yay, Toni! Thanks for giving it a try

  9. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says:

    Love any salad with beans!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Me too!

  10. Kara says:

    I love hearty salads like this. I could go for a bowl of this for lunch any day!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Awesome, Kara!

  11. Julie Blanner says:

    I always love a good bean salad! Thanks for sharing.






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Enjoy, Julie! Thank you

  12. Sommer says:

    Love that I can have this made in no time!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Totally! Thanks, Sommer!

  13. Liz says:

    Bean salads remind me of my dad! And this one is a winner with the cilantro and extra veggies!






  14. Beth Pierce says:

    I fixed this the other night with some marinated grilled chicken and it was so delicious! Thanks for such an easy delicious wholesome salad recipe!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Beth, I am so glad to hear it! Thank you!

  15. Jennifer Farley says:

    So much incredible flavor in this kidney bean salad!






  16. Allison says:

    The vinaigrette is fantastic! I'll be using it on other recipes as well. Thanks for sharing!