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Cucumber & Cannellini Bean Salad with Dill

Mix together 6 ingredients in just minutes with this easy no-cook bean salad recipe. Perfect for summer evenings when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen!

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Do you ever get stuck in a side dish rut? Repeating the same things over and over can make your meals feel less than exciting.

Don’t get me wrong – there’s plenty to be said for quick and easy staples, but there are lots of quick ways to change things up and add a bit of excitement to dinnertime.

Take beans for example. My pantry is usually stocked with lots of canned beans.

While I cook with them fairly often (like these Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Cilantro Chimichurri or this Latin Chicken Skillet with Black Beans + Tomatoes), I also like to use canned beans as a cool, no-cook addition to meals (like this Pork Scallopini with White Bean-Tomato Salad or this Mango, Jicama + Black Bean Salsa).

Overhead view of a dish of Cucumber & Cannellini Bean Salad with Dill

I do lots of variations on salads with cucumbers, tomatoes, and other fresh produce. These dishes tend to make appearances even more often during the summer when I don’t want to heat up my house more than necessary.

My air conditioning doesn’t really reach my tiny kitchen, so no-cook recipes like this are a total life-saver.

Adding canned beans to salads like this adds a lovely texture and helps bulk up the rest of the ingredients. Plus they are a great source of protein, fiber, and iron.

For this particular salad, I picked some dill from my garden and added it to the chopped cucumber and sliced red onion. You could use a shallot here instead of the red onion if you like a milder flavor, or just let it sit in the fridge for a bit to mellow out. It would work with green onions as well, but you won’t get that fun pop of color.

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No need to be fussy about whisking together a vinaigrette here – you can simply toss everything together in a bowl as you chop, then pour the oil and vinegar right on top, season with salt and pepper, then stir to combine.

This salad was a big hit at the dinner table alongside some ribs, and it was great as lunch on its own the next day, too. It would be great over some salad greens as well – just be sure to drizzle a bit of the liquid from the bottom of your mixing bowl over top so there’s enough to dress the greens.

A little avocado and/or some feta or goat cheese would be nice here, too! YUM!

This bean salad will hold up pretty well in the refrigerator for a few days, making it a great make-ahead dish, and a lovely addition to your lunchbox.

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Cucumber & Cannellini Bean Salad with Dill

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Mix together 6 ingredients in just minutes with this no-cook bean salad recipe. Perfect for busy summer evenings when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen!


Ingredients

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  • 1 English cucumber, quartered and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can cannellini bean, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 12 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine cucumber, red onion, rinsed beans, and dill.
  2. Pour vinegar and oil over top, season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if desired.

Notes

Salad will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for several days.
This salad is great on its own, or scattered on top of salad greens.
For a more mild onion flavor, substitute shallots or green onions. The onion will also mellow out after it sits in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 220
  • Sugar: 1.2 g
  • Sodium: 603.2 mg
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.1 g
  • Fiber: 6.7 g
  • Protein: 9.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: no cook side dish, bean salad, cucumber salad recipe

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

19 Comments

  • Elaine @ Dishes Delish

    What a fresh and delicious salad! I love cannellini beans and I bet they would be delicious with cucumber and dill!






    • Ashley

      It’s such a fun combo! You can totally swap out the herbs with whatever you have hanging around your kitchen. A mix of herbs would be nice, too!

  • Gloria

    You know, I was thinking of having a salad for dinner tonight. I just happen to have all the ingredients for this tasty dish. Thanks….dinner plans just got a lot easier. Can’t wait to dig in.






  • Kiki Johnson

    Dill and cucumber are one of my favourite summer combos and I love that you added beans for some texture and extra protein!






  • Jennifer

    Is there anything better than fresh dill?? It’s my absolute favorite fresh herb, especially in the summer! This salad looks so fresh, perfect for a summer evening on the patio.

  • Nicoletta Sugarlovespices

    Cannellini and red onion is my father’s favorite, and now we make it often, too. Never added dill or cucumber, or vinegar, though. Looks delicious, gotta try it soon!

  • Stacey

    Every thing about this salad sounds so tasty and refreshing, and I love how easy it is to make. Can’t wait to try!






  • Saima

    Such an easy to put together salad! It’s absolutely perfect for the summer when I’m always looking to avoid making elaborate dishes with lots of ingredients and steps. And it looks yum!






  • Nicole

    I seriously love bean salads like no one’s business! I would add some feta cheese to this dish just because I love feta.

  • Joyce G

    Just made this now… oh my!!!! Yummy! I’m not normally a fan of dill, but I wanted to try it as written before I put a spin on it. Used shallots cause that’s what I had. Thank you for a great recipe!!! ( think I will add some feta tomorrow for lunch!)






    • Ashley

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Joyce! I swapped red onions out for shallots in a recipe this week, too. Feta is a great addition to this dish – hope you enjoy!

  • Megan @ MegGoesNomNom

    This is such a delicious, easy, and budget friendly dish! I loved the leftovers for lunch the next day even more!






    • Ashley

      I’m so glad this was a hit for you, Megan! We do endless variations of salads like this in my house. Thanks for the review!

  • Gayla Weber

    I seeded the cucumber with a tool I bought. Cut the cucumber into rings instead of chunks. Used my ninja to make the dressing and emulsify the oil. I added about a half dozen of the beans to the ninja to give the dressing a little more sticking power.






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