Bean Salad - Pantry Friendly & Healthy

Total Time
2hrs 7mins
Prep 7 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Serve as a side dish or see variations below. I created this to accommodate using all pantry ingredients to help use my food storage more efficiently.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Blend first 3 ingredients in a big serving bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients & blend all together.
  3. Marinate for at least 2 hours preferable in fridge or also good at room temperature.
  4. Serve & enjoy.
  5. Notes:
  6. I use "low sodium" vegetables when possible. Cut out spices & use plain tomatoes if you want a more mild flavored Bean Salad.
  7. Variations: Make into complete meals.
  8. Taco Salad: add 26 ounces (2, 13 oz cans) chicken breast, 1 TB cumin, 1 ts black pepper, put on tortilla chips.
  9. Baked Potato Bar: use as a topping.
  10. Casserole Style: use the drained vegetable juices to cook long grain white rice in & serve bean salad on top with a cheese sauce.


Most Helpful

I have made this recipe on numerous occasions and every time I do, I have people surrounding me asking what it is. Its is always a big hit! I altered it a little bit and use fresh lime and cilantro instead of it being in the canned tomatoes. When you see it made, it looks like it was complicated but making it is so easy!

4thelove-of-f00d August 03, 2009

Quick, easy, healthy and yummy! I also made using fresh cilantro and lime juice, plus added a diced sweet onion.

laurenpie January 17, 2012

I couldn't find the lime and cilantro tomatoes, so I used garlic and onion tomatoes instead. I omitted the garlic powder and added some lime juice. Since I'm not a big fan of cilantro I didn't bother adding any. However, that might have been a mistake as I found the salad to be a little bland. I also used white kidney beans instead of red as that is what I had. I took the salad to a potluck dinner as a side dish, but my brother told me he wished he could eat it with some tortilla chips and beer. Very easy to make and I love how colorful it is.

Marg (CaymanDesigns) September 07, 2011

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