When asked to bring a dish to a barbeque this weekend, I decided to make a red kidney bean salad. Since I was running behind, I chose to make a kidney bean salad recipe for a quick and easy salad recipe. Also, because the weather in Arizona topped the heat records, a cold salad recipe just sounded like a great option. And I also had all the ingredients in my refrigerator and pantry. Of course, the bean salad dressing tastes tangy and is oil-free.
Although many bean salad recipes differ in ingredients and dressing, my bean salad mixes unique flavors and colors to create a beautiful and tasty salad.
Another bonus to this bean salad recipe is that it can be made in advance and dressed ahead of time. In fact, dressing the salad beforehand allows the flavors to enhance in the refrigerator as it chills.
Are kidney beans healthy?
Similar to other beans, kidney beans are an excellent plant-based source of protein. They’re also rich in minerals, vitamins, fibers, antioxidants, and other unique plant compounds.
Therefore, these beans may aid weight loss, promote colon health, and moderate blood sugar levels.
The nutrition facts for 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of boiled kidney beans are:
- Calories: 127
- Water: 67%
- Protein: 8.7 grams
- Carbs: 22.8 grams
- Sugar: 0.3 grams
- Fiber: 6.4 grams
- Fat: 0.5 grams
What are the ingredients for kidney bean salad?
How to make a kidney bean salad
- Kidney Beans
- Red Bell Pepper
- Microgreens (garnish)
Bean salad dressing
As with all my salad recipes, the bean salad dressing is oil-free. Again, whisk the ingredients together, and dress the salad hours before serving.
- Lemon juiced and zested
- Dijon mustard
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Garlic Powder
Why is my kidney beans salad watery?
- De-seeding the cucumbers solves the problem! Just slice the cucumbers into spears, and then remove the seeds by slicing down each spear. Then, dice the cucumbers.
What kind of onion to use for kidney bean salad?
- Red onion is the best choice. But, Pickled Red Onions give the salad a deeper acidic flavor.
What spices do I put in kidney bean salad?
- Garlic powder, sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and paprika
So, the next time you need a beautiful salad for dinner or a party, make this easy kidney bean salad recipe. Then, watch it disappear!
Great salad recipes for dinner, a pot-luck, or your next barbeque
- Roasted Vegetable Salad
- Chickpea Quinoa Salad - Southwest Style!
- Summer Salads
- Mexican Quinoa Salad
- Vegan Caesar Salad
- How To Make Mango Kale Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing
- Green Bean Salad
- Mexican Corn Salad
- Charred Corn Salad
- Grape Salad
- Greek Orzo Salad
- Lemony Orzo Salad
- Marinated Vegetable Salad
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂