Tuscan White Bean Salad Recipe

Published on Aug 31, 2017

  by   Kristina Stosek

4 reviews

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Serves: 4-6
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This classic Tuscan White Bean Salad is a beautiful combination of textures and flavours. Anyone who has vacationed in Italy would have enjoyed a version of this country-style salad.

The roasted cherry tomatoes, roasted zucchini and cannellini beans soak up the sweet, tangy blend of apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and basil, making this Italian salad exceptionally tasty.

white bean salad with tomatoes in a bowl, vegan.

To prepare this flavourful vegan dish, you can do it two ways—the easy way is by using canned beans. Or, start with dry beans by soaking them overnight and then cook them fresh the next day—our preference.

cooked white beans and rosemary

Which beans to use for a salad dry or canned?

We feel that starting with dry beans gives the beans a better texture and flavour. However, I know we don’t always have time to cook beans. This is when Instant pot comes in handy. 

Most beans cooked in an instant pot take about 35 – 40 minutes without soaking and are well worth the extra time. The beans taste so much better because they are freshly cooked, have a much better texture, and you control the salt and other unwanted additives.

Why are canned beans unhealthy?

Most canned beans are ladened with salt. Many cans of beans contain more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium per cup. The body needs only a small amount of sodium to function. 

As per Healthline, high sodium consumptions shows that increased salt intake could be linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer. Most of the sodium we consume is in the form of salt

If you use canned beans, try to get low sodium and always give them a good rinse. Even if you rinse canned beans, you’re still left with about 700 milligrams of sodium per cup, which is about half what we should consume for the entire day. 

Many of you have tried our instant pot warm white bean salad and loved it. However, I wanted to change things up and make a bean salad with Tuscan flavour.

tuscan bean zucchini and tomato salad in a bowl

Tuscan White Bean Salad Recipe Overview

To add an Italian twist to the salad, I briefly roasted cherry tomatoes and zucchini in olive oil, garlic and seasoning. Then I added them to the beans, including the juices from roasting. 

The flavours from the roasted veggies made this salad come to life with a rustic Tuscan flare.

This nutritious side dish is not a typical bean salad. The juices from the roasted veggies, fresh basil, parsley and the various textures make this bean salad a winner. 

I recommend making this salad a day in advance to allow the flavours to develop. 

This Italian bean salad goes exceptionally well with Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Parmesan, or your favourite fish dishes. Enjoy!

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