Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad

Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad

Food, just like life, is best served up light and easy in the summertime. This colorful kidney bean salad is easy to make, packs plenty of vitamins, minerals and easy-to-digest proteins, and has a laid-back spicy zest that goes well with a glass of red wine or a cold beer.

Red Kidney Bean Summer SaladRed Kidney Bean Summer Salad
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Published on August 4, 2008

Simple, fresh and colorful red bean, cucumber, tomato and pepper salad with a vibrant chili dressing — great for serving outdoors in the summer

Preparation: 10 minutes

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  • 1 cup dried red kidney beans (3 cups cooked or 2 14 oz cans)
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 large jalapeƱos, seeded and diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Rinse the kidney beans and soak for 8 hours or overnight in several inches of water. Drain and rinse, then transfer to a medium saucepan and cover with several inches of fresh water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender but still firm. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

  • Add the remaining salad ingredients to the beans and toss to combine.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over the salad and toss.

  • Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Makes 6 to 8 servings


test it comm said...

I like using beans in salads and this one looks good.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I like beans on the whole and they lend a nice flavour to salads. Chick peas are my favourite though.:)

David Hall said...

I think a good bean salad takes some beating Lisa - really good! I like them with feta cheese.


Beth (jamandcream) said...

Looks lovely- very healthy!! Great summer meal - will be bookmarking this one

Usha said...

Looks delicious,good balance of protein and veggies,love it :)

Ivy said...

What a beautiful and colourful salad. Your salad dressing sounds delicious.

Chef Jeena said...

This is one hell of a bean salad! Looks great!

karuna said...

a healthy salad. looks yummy too

delhibelle said...

I love bean salad and this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Ooooo... YUM! And so pretty.
I shall try this (only with black beans and maybe some white beans... because sadly kidney beans don't agree with me.)

Archana Doshi said...

Hi Lisa, Such a perfect salad. And coincidentally, I am hosting a ONE DISH MEAL - Salad event. The rules are in my website. From what I see this seems like a perfect salad for the event. I would love for you to send the salad over to the event and link back.

eatme_delicious said...

I've discovered I don't really like the taste of kidney beans, but this salad makes them look really good!

Padma said...

Love to try this salad, Lisa... we can get nice amount of Fiber too!

~Ling~ said...

Hi Lisa, this is my 1st time visiting your blog. Wonderful veggie dishes you have here. You salad looks so appetising! Will give this dish a try (^^,)