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Recipe for Heidi Swanson's Bean Salad

Even Bean Haters Will Love This Bean Salad

Over the Summer we took advantage of the season's wide variety of produce and shared our best salad recipes. However, one salad, the bean salad, was overlooked. Luckily reader Lengel has shared her rendition of bean salad in the Kitchen Goddess group on the YumSugar Community. Want your recipes and photos to be shared here on YumSugar? Start participating in the community!
Lengel, who has her own food blog, Working Girls Kitchen, is not a fan of bean salads. Although she finds them to be totally unappealing, she describes this salad recipe — which comes from another popular food blogger, Heidi Swanson — to be simple, yummy, and surprising. Pan-roasted carrots and fresh dill take ordinary canned beans to a whole new level. I agree with Lengel when she says, "this is a great dish for any picnic and will work great for work lunches." To check out the recipe,


Easy Canned Bean Salad

Easy Canned Bean Salad

Easy Canned Bean Salad


  1. 3 cups chopped carrots
  2. 1 clove of garlic
  3. 1 can of white beans
  4. 1 can of black beans
  5. 1/4 cup chopped dill
  6. salt & pepper to taste
  1. for the vinaigrette
  2. 1/4 cup good olive oil
  3. juice of half a lemon
  4. 2 shallots diced
  5. salt & pepper to taste


Over medium heat, in a large fry pan, heat up some cooking oil ( I prefer Spectrum Canola Oil). Add the diced garlic and carrots. Saute carrots and garlic until the carrots turn brown and begin to caramelize. It should smell delicious!

In a medium bowl throw in the beans and dill. Lightly toss. When carrots are done roasting add to the beans, add the dill. Lightly toss once more.

In a small bowl whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients. Take a taste to test seasoning. You may need to add more salt/pepper. Lightly toss into the bean salad.

jaan_black jaan_black 7 years
this looks soo good...I would totally add a little fresh parsley or even cilantro (my favorite) and yes, vinegar is needed to make the vinaigrette
nancita nancita 8 years
I love a good bean salad, and this looks festive and delicious. Thanks for sharing, Lengel.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I was just saying to my husband today that I wanted to find a good bean salad recipe. I'm chalking this up to fate and I'll be trying it soon! Sounds delicious!!!
lengel lengel 8 years
thanks for the shout out Yumsugar! The salad tastes a lot better than it initially sounds, maybe I should call it "gourmet" bean salad!
Food Food 8 years
Lengel, looks delicious :) Can't wait to try it!
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