Tasty Bean Salad Lunch Recipe

There’s a really yummy vegetarian bean salad that I’ve been eating for lunch every day for the last week… it’s time to share it with you!

Check out the video below to learn how to make it:


This salad is completely open to interpretation. The basic ingredients are:

  • 1 cup of beans (eg. black beans, white beans, chickpeas, mixed beans) 
  • A handful of fresh herbs (eg. Mint, cilantro, dill,  parsley, or a mix of)
  • Mixed raw vegetables (eg. tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, green onions)
  • Handful chopped nuts, or seeds (eg. walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds)
  • 1/2 piece of fruit (eg. apple, pear, mango, strawberries – or – dried fruit like raisins, currents, apricots etc)
  • Optional: a bit of cheese (eg. feta, blue cheese)
  • Dressing: 2 capfuls of raw apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt to taste

The exact recipe in the video:

  • 1 cup black beans
  • Mostly mint, with a little bit of dill and parsley
  • Tomato, celery, cucumber, green onions
  • Chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 an apple
  • Feta and blue cheese
  • Dressing: 2 capfuls of raw apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt to taste

Mix it all together and chow down! Happy lunching, friends.

12 Responses to Tasty Bean Salad Lunch Recipe
  1. LJ
    July 1, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    This looks so delicious, can’t wait to make it next week – I love the idea of the apple and cheese together but in a way that makes me feel like I’m being healthy, as it’s a meal rather than a snack! I’m just the same as you with cheese, I wouldn’t eat it every day, but when you get a lively strong blue cheese you just adore a little bit of it at a time and it hits the spot. Just thinking about blue cheese now is making me salivate! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Tracy
      July 2, 2012 | 10:24 am

      Yeah it’s really yummy :D I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Annie
    July 2, 2012 | 11:40 am

    Ooh, this looks yum. I’ve made your tabouleh recipe a few times and I love it, btw. This looks like a nice change from my usual bean+cucumber salads :)

  3. Rebecca
    July 3, 2012 | 11:59 am

    About how long would this salad last in the fridge? Thanks!

    • Tracy
      July 3, 2012 | 12:48 pm

      We’ve had it in the fridge for a few days… 3 or 4 at least

  4. Peter
    July 5, 2012 | 9:03 am

    I can confirm this is very tasty and does last in the fridge for several days. It’s difficult to make in small quantities so that’s good. I’m not vegetarian but this kind of salad is perfect for people who want to reduce their animal intake (me). I’m going to have to grow my own herbs because lots is better and they cost a fortune in the shop.

    Your cookery demo style has improved, Tracy. Not quite FoodWishes or Alton Brown standard, but not bad. :)

    • Tracy
      July 5, 2012 | 5:36 pm

      ahaha… that’s good. I don’t know who those people so I can’t compare myself, but I’m glad I’ve improved lol. Glad you enjoyed the salad Peter :D

  5. Nina
    July 10, 2012 | 5:53 am

    Dear Tracy,
    I have two questions for you. How much cheese do you recommend eating per day (grams)? I eat some home-made (organic) cow cheese every day. I put it in salad. I don’t think it’s causing me breakouts.
    Second question might be a bit silly, but anyway. During spring time and summer I eat a lot of seasonable fresh vegetables and fruits, all organic from my garden. Problem is winter time. In my country are vegetables and fruits in grocery store quite expensive, non organic and tastes awful, plastic. I only buy apples, oranges, kiwis, bananas, lettuce, carrots and cabbage. I have home-made sauerkraut, beans, onion, garlic, potato, canned cucumbers and red beet and some frozen vegetable, but I can’t eat that twice or three time a day. What should I eat then? Shoud I buy some frozen vegetables? For dinner, I often eat kefir with almonds, but I love salads.
    Sorry for my not so good English.
    Greetings :D

    • Tracy
      July 10, 2012 | 1:24 pm

      Hi Nina – I don’t really have any specific recommendation about how much cheese to eat. Probably around one serving, but it’s totally up to you and how it makes you feel and whether or not it breaks you out, which you don’t think it does so…. I would say don’t worry about it and just enjoy it.

      As for vegetables in the winter, that’s a problem for everyone. I would say yes, go ahead and buy frozen vegetables. Freezing is one of the best preservation methods, because it preserves the nutrients fairly well compared to other things.

  6. Therese
    September 8, 2012 | 7:22 am

    Love these recipe posts, they always make me hungry! ;)

  7. Kaitlyn
    June 23, 2013 | 7:40 pm

    Are you using homemade beans here, or canned? If homemade how do you make them??

    Thanks in advance!(:

    • Tracy
      June 24, 2013 | 9:53 am

      I sometimes used canned, sometimes use homemade. Just google how to make homemade beans, there’s lots of tutorials :)

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