Mediterranean Monday – White Bean Salad

This Italian inspired white bean salad is simple to prepare and a welcome picnic dish.

 white bean salad

Another Mediterranean Monday! I need this series to keep me feeling positive. As I look out the window right now it is grey, windy, and there is a thunderstorm brewing. Yes, I know they most likely have thunderstorms in the Mediterranean too, but in my mind it is always bathed in golden sunlight sparkling off of cerulean waters. Don’t mess with my fantasy!

Anyway, I spent the summer trying to have a bean salad of some sort every day. Maybe by next summer I will have them all pulled together into a recipe  booklet. In the meantime there are a couple on this site: 4 Bean Salad, and Chick Pea Salad.

This recipe made a much larger bowl than the photo above, but everyone was so hungry it disappeared before I could take a picture. One of the best things about this recipe – it can be prepared and eaten right away. It also is easily adapted to whatever ingredients and amounts you have on hand. This makes it a great side dish to take to a picnic, or when you have more visitors for dinner than you planned, or for a potluck.

White Bean Salad
A simple salad that is more than the sum of its parts.
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 2 cans cannellini or other white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • ½ cup black olives
  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Rinse tomatoes and spinach leaves.
  2. Halve tomatoes if desired, and cut leaves into ribbons.
  3. Slice or halve black olives.
  4. Chop avocado.
  5. Combine beans and vegetables in a large bowl.
  6. Whisk lemon juice, olive oil and honey together. Pour over vegetables.
  7. Stir gently to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve immediately or chill. Bring back to room temperature before serving.


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About the Author

Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at and

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