White Bean and Tomato Salad


Beans, beans, beans. The more I eat, the more I’m addicted! I really love making beans from scratch, because still love the idea of creating meals for pennies. And a pot of beans can be turned into multiple meals.

But I’ve also touted my loved of canned beans on this blog – especially canned Great Northern beans for making my white bean dips. And I love canned black beans, because they make fabulous black bean salads, or a quick black bean dip. So I keep canned beans on hand always.

Today I’m going to show you how simple and easy it is to make a bean salad – this time using Navy Beans, priced at $1.19 per can.

But what’s even better than canned beans being inexpensive, is that they’re extremely healthy, and can be dressed up however you want! Black beans lend themselves beautifully to Mexican and Southwestern dishes, but for me, personally, I keep my white beans for Mediterranean-inspired salads.

They can be a healthy and hearty side dish, or make a whole meal. And, they’re good year ’round, depending on the ingredients.

So today I’m making a navy bean salad with tomatoes, and topping it with capers, shallots, and chives, because chives have returned to my garden. You can add oregano or basil, or anything you want to this salad. That’s the fun of playing with bean salads! Enjoy!

Navy Bean Salad

2 – 16 ounce cans navy beans, well drained
1 container cherry tomatoes
1-2 shallots, diced
Capers, drained
Chives, chopped, or parsley if you prefer
Olive oil and vinegar, or a basic vinaigrette*

Place the drained beans in a medium-sized bowl.
Slice the cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise and let them hang out on a paper towel to drain a bit.
Add the amount of vinaigrette you want to the beans and give them a toss. Right before serving add the tomatoes and stir them in gently.
Place the beans in individual serving bowls; 2 cans should make 4 servings unless this salad will be a whole meal.

Sprinkle the bean salad with shallots, capers, and the chives. Feta cheese would also be a wonderful topping, but I kept this salad cheese-less today!


Alternatively, you could add all of the ingredients together in the salad. I was looking for a more purely bean and tomato salad, with some toppings.

Taste for seasoning, especially salt and black pepper.

Serve at room temperature.

* My home-made vinaigrettes tend to be about half vinegar and half olive oil. I often add fresh garlic, and maybe some Dijon mustard, plus I always add salt. That’s it. I love vinegar with bean salads, and tend to use lemon or lime juice-based dressings with grain salads for some reason. But you could certainly substitute lemon juice for vinegar in this case. Use what you love!

note: If money is an issue for you, keep your eye on bean prices. Where I live, Cannelini beans cost twice as much as Great Northerns, and Frijoles Negros cost twice as much as black beans. They’re just considered and treated more “gourmet” with the foreign names!

26 thoughts on “White Bean and Tomato Salad

  1. My Mom loved to make bean salad (always with white beans), and of course I never touched it. Was I picky or what? My poor Mom, I do feel sorry for her, I was a difficult child

    good thing I improved with age (or at least like to think I did… ;-)

  2. Everything in this post is gorgeous. I find cheese hard to resist, but it does seem perfect without it. Much like the daffodil is the flower equated with spring’s arrival, I feel the same about chives, the first herbs to be ready for picking, tarragon not far behind.

  3. Lovely, fresh recipes. And the colors are so nice and clean, too. You could repurpose leftovers is a soup, maybe with a bit of kale and sausage or chicken. :-) Not that there would be leftovers. I love beans, too. Sometimes, I mix white beans, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and high quality Italian tuna packed in oil with a basic balsamic vinaigrette.

    • I didn’t like Anasazi beans when I first tried them. No wait, it’s Adzuki beans. But I can’t remember why I wasn’t fond of them… I should probably give them another shot!!!

  4. Canned Beans are amazing, especially on a lazy day. This recipe looks so easy, yet so appetizing. Will definitely have to give it a try!

    • I don’t typically cut corners – it’s just not in my nature and i’m too old to change my ways ! but canned beans are a high quality canned ingredient, so I have no problem using them!!!

      • I agree. Canned beans are one of the few canned ingredients I use. Nothing can beat making something from scratch. I appreciate your dedication for making recipes from scratch. I definitely think I can learn more about cooking from you. Thank you!

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