Bean Salad Recipes: Borlotti, Pinto, Cannellini Beans and More

This Italian style borlotti bean salad is just one of the bean salad recipes featured on this page
This Italian style borlotti bean salad is just one of the bean salad recipes featured on this page

There's A Lot More to Beans than Baked Beans!

It is unfortunate that, for some people, thinking of beans will automatically mean baked beans in tomato sauce, or perhaps green beans that are served for dinner, grossly overcooked and stringy. This is a great pity as there are dozens of different types of beans to which most people have fairly ready access and which can be incorporated in bean salad recipes and a wide variety of different dishes.

The bean salad recipes featured on this page have been prepared from just six of the different types of beans which are commonly available in supermarkets. It will hopefully be seen that even this fairly small representative sample of beans can be used to prepare an extremely wide and tasty range of salad dishes. This means that there really should be few limits to the wonderful array of meals and side salads which can be prepared from that most versatile of ingredients: beans.

Mexican Style Three Bean Salad Recipe

Mexican three bean salad served with cheese and tortilla chips
Mexican three bean salad served with cheese and tortilla chips
This Mexican style three bean salad is excellent in a tortilla wrap, placed firstly on a bed of lettuce leaves
This Mexican style three bean salad is excellent in a tortilla wrap, placed firstly on a bed of lettuce leaves
This dish also makes a perfect side salad to perhaps a more substantial Mexican meal
This dish also makes a perfect side salad to perhaps a more substantial Mexican meal

This three bean salad recipe, while not authentically Mexican, is designed with Mexican food and cooking styles in mind. A little chilli infused olive oil could also be added if desired.

Ingredients per Portion

2 tbsp red kidney beans
2 tbsp blackeye beans
2 tbsp cannellini beans
1 tbsp coarsely chopped coriander/cilantro
1 large garlic clove
1 tsp hot chilli powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Drain and wash the beans in a colander under running cold water. Tip them in to a large mixing bowl and add the coriander/cilantro and chilli powder. Peel the garlic clove and grate it in to the bowl with a small hand grater. Season with salt and pepper and stir very well to combine. If preparing in advance, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until required.

The pictures show just some ideas for serving this delicious three bean salad. Serve it with grated/shredded cheese and tortilla chips. Include it in a tortilla wrap along with some lettuce. You may even wish to serve this as a side salad to a more substantial meal.

Indian Spiced Cannellini Bean Salad

This Indian spiced bean salad makes an excellent starter, served with poppadoms
This Indian spiced bean salad makes an excellent starter, served with poppadoms
The beans are added last of all to the spicy paste
The beans are added last of all to the spicy paste
180 Vegetarian Indian Recipes: Tempting ideas for soups and appetizers, main courses, rice and lentil dishes, salads, relishes, breads, desserts and drinks with 180 photographs
180 Vegetarian Indian Recipes: Tempting ideas for soups and appetizers, main courses, rice and lentil dishes, salads, relishes, breads, desserts and drinks with 180 photographs

Salads and other vegetarian dishes form a huge part of Indian cuisine. This fabulous book provides a wealth of recipes, specifically to tantalise the vegetarian palate. Includes recipes for everything from soups, to main courses, to desserts, with colour photographs throughout.

 

Indian spiced onions are fairly well known, particularly to anyone with a fondness for Indian food. This recipe simply uses beans instead of onions in the spicy sauce. An Indian bean recipe would be more authentic were it to contain red kidney beans, or perhaps chickpeas. In this instance, cannellini beans have been used simply as a further variant on the traditional.

Ingredients per Portion

2 tbsp cannellini beans
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp ground fenugreek
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp freshly chopped mint
Generous pinch of salt

Method

It is important to mix the spices and wet ingredients in to a smooth paste prior to adding the beans. This involves simply adding all the ingredients bar the beans to a large mixing bowl and stirring to combine. The beans should be added and stirred through before the bowl is covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for at least a couple of hours for the flavours to infuse.

Note that this is a fairly spicy recipe and the quantity of the chilli powder can be reduced if desired.

Italian Style Borlotti Bean Salad Recipe

This borlotti bean salad recipe is delicious served with bruschetta
This borlotti bean salad recipe is delicious served with bruschetta
Italian style borlotti bean salad
Italian style borlotti bean salad

Borlotti beans are widely used in Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines. This is a simple way of incorporating them whole in a delcious salad.

Ingredients

2 tbsp borlotti beans
¼ small red onion (finely sliced)
½ medium tomato (seeded and finely diced)
2 tsp roughly chopped parsley
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove (finely chopped or grated)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Add the olive oil, garlic and parsley to a bowl and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and serve, ideally with or on some freshly prepared bruschetta.

Borlotti Bean and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad Recipe

Borlotti bean and mozzarella salad with toast
Borlotti bean and mozzarella salad with toast
Soft buffalo mozzarella, usually sold in brine, is the type used in this recipe and not the firmer variety of mozzarella which would be used on pizzas
Soft buffalo mozzarella, usually sold in brine, is the type used in this recipe and not the firmer variety of mozzarella which would be used on pizzas

This salad is simply a slight variation of the one above, incorporating buffalo mozzarella cheese.

Ingredients

2 tbsp borlotti beans
¼ small red onion (finely sliced)
½ medium tomato (seeded and finely diced)
2 tsp roughly chopped basil
2oz soft buffalo mozzarella
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

The salad is prepared by mixing the borlotti beans, onion, tomato, olive oil and seasoning. The mozzarella is diced and the basil torn, before both are scattered over the top.

Mediterranean Style Three Bean Salad Recipe

Mediterranean three bean salad with toasted bread roll
Mediterranean three bean salad with toasted bread roll

Three bean salads are very popular and this one is based on the simple principals of Mediterranean cuisine.

Ingredients per Serving

1 tbsp pinto beans
1 tbsp cannellini beans
1 tbsp blackeye beans
1 tbsp roughly chopped coriander/cilantro
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Add the olive oil, herb and grated garlic clove to a bowl. Stir well before adding the beans and seasoning. This bean salad makes an excellent antipasto, or alternatively and as in the image above, it is served with a toasted bread roll as a light lunch.

Celery, Raisin and Garlic Two Bean Salad Recipe

Served as a starter, side salad or light lunch
Served as a starter, side salad or light lunch
The celery is sliced in to small kidney shapes
The celery is sliced in to small kidney shapes
The celery. raisins and garlic are briefly heated in the oil
The celery. raisins and garlic are briefly heated in the oil
Served as part of a main meal with pork fillets and roasted potatoes
Served as part of a main meal with pork fillets and roasted potatoes

Borlotti and cannellini beans may have bean the obvious choice for this salad but red kidney and haricot beans have been used in this instance for a bit of variety. These quantities serve one as a starter or appetizer, or two as part of a larger meal.

Ingredients

1 tbsp red kidney beans
1 tbsp haricot beans
Narrow half of one celery stick
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp roughly chopped coriander/cilantro
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Put the extra virgin olive oil in to a small saucepan. Grate the garlic in to the pan and add the celery and raisins. Heat gently for a couple of minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon.

Add the beans to a bowl with the chopped herb. Pour in the heated celery, raisins and oil. Stir well and serve immediately.

This recipe is an excellent one with which to experiment with different types of beans until you discover your own particular preference.

A Brief Guide to the Beans Used in these Bean Salad Recipes

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For convenience purposes, canned beans (in water) were used in the bean salad recipes on this pageBlackeye beansBorlotti beansCannellini beansPinto beansHaricot beans
For convenience purposes, canned beans (in water) were used in the bean salad recipes on this page
For convenience purposes, canned beans (in water) were used in the bean salad recipes on this page
Blackeye beans
Blackeye beans
Borlotti beans
Borlotti beans
Cannellini beans
Cannellini beans
Pinto beans
Pinto beans
Haricot beans
Haricot beans
Bean Type
Other Common Names
Popular Uses
Blackeye beans
Blackeyed peas, lobiya, chawli
Salads, curries, stir fries, soups
Borlotti beans
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Salads, casseroles
Cannellini beans
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Soups, salads, casseroles, stews
Haricot beans
Navy beans, pea beans
Baked beans, salads, soups, casseroles, purees
Pinto beans
Mottled beans
Refried beans, burritos, soups, salsas
Red kidney beans
Red beans, kidney beans rajma,
Red beans and rice, chilli con carne, numerous dishes in Indian cuisine

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Separating Facts from Fiction: Intestinal Gas, Excessive Flatulence - and Beans

It is a fairly widely held belief that beans can be responsible for a particular bodily function which - although harmless to our health - can have a very significant, adverse effect on our professional and social lives. The bad news is that this is actually a scientific fact and, for this reason, it may be a good idea not to sample all of the recipes on this page on the same day. The author regrettably could not accept responsibility for any embarrassment which may consequently occur.

So why do beans have this most unfortunate of effects? The reason is nothing so simple and straightforward as air being trapped in the structure of the beans. Briefly, many types of beans contain particular sugar molecules which are too long to be absorbed by the lining of the smaller intestine and therefore pass to the larger intestine. They are then hungrily consumed by the bacteria which dwell in the larger intestine and a by product of this process is gas. Required to escape the body in some fashion, this gas takes the shortest possible route to the wider world...

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

They all look good, as well as being nutritiuos. Thanks for the hub.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks, Paradise7. Yes, the nutrition value is very much an added bonus.


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tonymead60 5 years ago from Yorkshire

hi Gordon

tasty meal ideas full of goodness. At the moment I'm enjoying my own crop of Broad and butter beans fresh from the garden.

you can try adding 'hing' or fennel seeds to help with the flatulance problem.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, Tony

Thanks. Yes, fresh beans are great to have access to when you can get them. I get a lot of things from my brother's garden at this time of year but I don't think he grows beans. Good tip about the hing and fennel!


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iZeko 5 years ago

These look good! I’ll try the Italian Borlotti Bean salad. And I'm thinking of topping it with some Feta cheese, which will make it Greektalian style, I guess :-))


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks, iZeko - twice! For the comment and what sounds like a great serving suggestion. Think I'll try that myself :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great recipes and tips. I love using cannellini beans in a turkey sausage/bean soup I make. Good luck in the contest.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks very much, Denise. Your soup sounds delicious.


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

Very informative. I've never heard of Borlotti Beans, and I use beans all the time -- mostly black beans and kidney beans. Congrats on being among the top 14 this week.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you, WannaB Writer for your visit and comment. I am not sure but perhaps borlotti beans are more of a European bean - they are delicious, however!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Love the table on bean names, quite handy! My favorites are Black beans. I add them to salsa, in rice dishes and as you suggest here, in salads.

Congrats on being selected in the Fan Faves Gordon; outstanding hub! Best of luck to you my friend.

Big HubHugs~

K9


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, K9. Thanks for comment and visit. Another two good ideas for using beans.

Good luck to you, too!

Gordon


Jeanette 5 years ago

Love how easy and versatile these bean salads are.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks, Jeanette. Hope you try one of them and enjoy it.

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