Elevate your plant-based dining experience with this refreshing and wholesome Vegan Bean Salad Recipe. Bursting with flavors and textures, this salad showcases a colorful medley of beans, fresh vegetables, and zesty dressing. Packed with protein and fiber, this dish is not only nourishing but also a delightful addition to your summer gatherings, picnics, or as a satisfying lunch option.
Vegan Bean Salad Recipe: Servings: 4-6
For the Salad:
- 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
- 1 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned)
- 1 cup diced bell peppers (assorted colors)
- 1 cup diced cucumber
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
For the Dressing:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or agave nectar
- Salt and pepper to taste
Prepare the Beans:
- In a large bowl, combine the drained and rinsed black beans, kidney beans, and chickpeas.
- To the beans, add the corn kernels, diced bell peppers, diced cucumber, red onion, and chopped cilantro or parsley.
Whisk the Dressing:
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, maple syrup or agave nectar, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
Combine and Toss:
- Pour the dressing over the bean and vegetable mixture.
- Gently toss everything together until the beans and vegetables are well coated with the dressing.
Chill and Marinate:
- Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Serve and Enjoy:
- Give the salad a final toss before serving.
- Serve the Vegan Bean Salad as a side dish or enjoy it as a light and satisfying main course.
Nutrition Facts (per serving, based on 4 servings):
- Calories: ~300
- Total Fat: ~13g
- Saturated Fat: ~2g
- Carbohydrates: ~39g
- Fiber: ~10g
- Sugars: ~7g
- Protein: ~10g
- Sodium: ~400mg