Cannellini Bean Salad

Garnish with whatever herb is available

Garnish with whatever herb is available

Now that cannellini beans are sold in the bulk section of the supermarket, there is no need to buy another white bean. This is a great side for barbecue or a pot luck.

Cold Cannellini Bean Salad

  • 1/2 lb dried cannellini beans
  • 4 leaves basil chopped
  • 3 slices bacon diced fine
  • 1 cup onion diced fine
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 Anaheim pepper chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt/pepper

Soak beans in salted water overnight. Cook beans until tender then strain into a large bowl. Fry bacon in a skillet until browned. Add onion and saute over low heat until golden, deglazing pan with juices. Add everything to beans and season with salt and pepper. Place in the refrigerator and chill for two hours. Check seasoning before serving adding more oil, lemon juice or spice if necessary.

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18 Responses to Cannellini Bean Salad

  1. Sally says:

    Beans and bacon – always a great match

  2. Very good salad indeed – love those flavours. The Vendee ( where we live in France) is famous both for its beans and ham:. bacon is not really a French thing.

  3. They look great Greg. I’ve just been to the market here in Stuttgart hoping for fresh beans, coco or borlotti. No such luck. The lady at the stand said that the Germans were not interested in the beans. Savages πŸ˜€

  4. I can *almost* agree about the No Other Bean thing…but you need Navy Beans to make good Boston Baked Beans….mmmmmmm….
    Love the salad!

  5. Oh man this looks amazing! I LOVE cannellini beans! Can’t wait to make this for myself =)

  6. sallybr says:

    The Fall is coming, if I am going to be so sad to see the hot weather say goodbye, I might as well start making beans of all sorts and types πŸ˜‰

    Beautiful presentation, loved the photo!

  7. bill says:

    Looks so great – agree this would be a great side, but I think could also be substantial enough for a whole main course as well!

  8. I’ve always cheated and used canned beans. I’ll have to try this overnight soaking method soon.

  9. Growing up the only white beans we had were Great Northern…I was never much of a fan. Cannellini Beans are just enough different…more firm, larger, more flavorful…that I love them. They are great in salads or as you have presented them. Great simple recipe.

  10. Eva Taylor says:

    Bean salad is definitely a favourite; perfect for a BBQ or picnic.

  11. Beautiful – love cannellini beans!

  12. Karen says:

    We enjoy cannellini beans and your salad sounds good. We had them last night in a bean and spicy sausage soup.

  13. Lovely bean salad! I love cannellini beans. Not to mention, they’re so good for you!

  14. ChgoJohn says:

    Isn’t it something the way cannellini beans have suddenly been “discovered”? You’re right, Greg. I remember seeing them dried at a small Italian grocery for the first time bout 20 years ago. Now they’re everywhere and we have this great recipe to of yours to take advantage of the new supply. πŸ™‚

  15. Kristy says:

    These look delicious! I’ve been enjoying cannellini beans for the past few weeks. They are fabulous. Happy to have another recipe to add to the arsenal. πŸ™‚

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