Easy Italian bean salad

Easy Italian bean salad

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins


Serves 8
A quick and easy summery salad - ideal for serving with a barbecue spread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved


  • kcal-
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  • sugars-
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  • 1 bunch spring onions
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

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    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    Cannellini bean

    Cannellini bean

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    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…

  • 1 can of butter beans
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • plenty of chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Finely chop the spring onions and put into a bowl with the garlic and the chilli. Mix in the cannellini beans and the butter beans. Whisk the olive oil with the white wine vinegar and add plenty of seasoning. Stir through the salad with plenty of chopped parsley.

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2nd Oct, 2013
200g of chopped parsley is about right.
21st Jul, 2013
I love this recipe. I just tweek it slightly by adding a tin of kidney beans instead of 2 cannellini. Just as tasty!
26th Mar, 2012
Wow. This is such a simple recipe but it's packed full with flavour. Tastes great and makes for a tasty and nutritious salad which is perfect for lunch. You can make this in 5 mins.
14th Aug, 2011
Very nice fresh salad, but the BBQ I made it for got called off because of the weather, so I was I was left with plenty of the stuff to get through. After several meals accompanied by a heap of bean salad, I decided to have a bit of a change, so cooked the remaining salad in a pan, then added vegetable stock and herbs before liquidising for a really tasty soup!
24th May, 2011
Absolutely delicious! So much nicer than the shop bought rubbish too.
11th Jul, 2010
This was quite tasty but it didn't go down as well with my guests as the lemony potato salad from this site. I replaced the parsley with coriander because I'm not a big fan of it, and I think it suited the dish
8th Jul, 2009
Beautiful! Served for a large number of people for a birthday party with a BBQ - beans went fab with all the different meats and breads...yum!
15th May, 2009
This has exactly the right name, it is very easy, particularly if you are feeding a crowd. If I double it up I usually use 2 tins of cannellini beans and 2 of butter beans. It improves overnight as well.
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21st Jul, 2013
I love this receipe I just tweek it slightly by adding a tin of kidney beans for colour, just as tasty!
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