Bean Salads

Vegan Niçoise-Style Salad

Vegan Niçoise-Style Salad recipe

Salade Niçoise is a beautiful French composed salad that looks fancy but is incredibly easy to make. The traditional version is often made with tuna, but here it’s replaced with baked tofu, which makes a great stand-in. And the array of ingredients—white beans or chickpeas, slender green beans, tomatoes, and olives—make it a splendid main dish salad for summer meal, either for busy weeknights or for company meals. Serve with any combination of fresh corn on the cob, a crusty bread, cold soup, or grilled vegetables. more→


Black Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Croutons

black bean salad

This quick, easy, and appetizing bean salad adds color and crunch to any meal. Use gluten-free croutons if need be, or replace with sautéed cubes of prepared polenta. Think of this as a side-by-side dish, rather than merely as a side dish. It’s delicious with  grain dishes and pastas, or serve with simple quesadillas or soft tacos. Add some sautéed greens or steamed broccoli and you’ve got a great weekday meal! Adapted from Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→


Black Bean and Corn Salad

Southwestern Black bean and corn salad

Corn and bell peppers look enticing against the dark backdrop of the black beans in this Southwestern-inspired salad. Double the recipe for a great potluck dish for a crowd. more→


Black Bean and Avocado Salad with Oranges or Mango

Avocado and black bean salad

Black beans, diced mango, and avocado taste heavenly together in this delicious salad. Fresh, perfectly ripe mangos are best, of course, but they’re not always in season and occasionally unreliable. Once in a while I like to take the guesswork out of mangos and use canned (organic), which is akin to using canned pineapple—you know exactly what you’re going to get. Otherwise, tiny clementine sections work well to give little bursts of fruity flavor. more→


Three-Bean Pasta Salad

Adding pasta to the popular three-bean salad combo gives it a contemporary twist. more→


Orzo and Black Bean Salsa Salad

Bursting with Southwestern flavors, this pasta salad, made with tiny rice-shaped orzo, is as flavorful as it is easy to make.



Contemporary Three-Bean Salad

Classic three-bean salad gets a contemporary twist with balsamic vinegar, cilantro, and sunflower seeds. more→


Chickpea Salad with Zucchini, Vegan Mozzarella, and Basil

Serve this hearty salad on its own as a first course preceding a lighter pasta dinner (see some tempting possibilities in Pasta on the Lighter Side). more→