by Liz Thomson
September 10, 2021This post may contain affiliate links.
These vegan bean salad recipes are filled with vegetables and plenty of plant-based protein for a satisfying meal! These recipes are perfect for a packed lunch, picnic, or weekly meal prep!
Whether you’re a vegan, a “flexitarian”, or a meat-eater looking to add more plants into your diet, this list of recipes is here to help! These recipes are great for a make-ahead meal because bean salads don’t wilt or spoil quickly like traditional salads. And thanks to the beans, these recipes are full of protein and fiber to keep you full and satisfied!
Canned vs. Dried Beans
You may be asking yourself, can I use canned beans? Do I need to buy dried beans? The good news is, you can use either kind! While dried beans are much cheaper, canned beans are usually more convenient. I typically use canned beans because I don’t always plan my recipes in advance. But most of these recipes will be fine with either kind. Just keep in mind that dried beans typically need to be soaked overnight.
15 Vegan Bean Salad Recipes
These vegan bean salad recipes are perfect for a healthy meal you can pack for lunch or enjoy on a picnic! These are delicious make-ahead ideas that are full of plant-based protein to keep you satisfied all afternoon long.
This tropical-inspired simple chickpea salad features sweet-tart mango and creamy avocado in a light, yet flavorful, dressing. The unlikely combination of ingredients is always a hit at parties and potlucks.
This deliciously simple Red Kidney Bean Salad is perfect for a quick lunch, side dish for dinner, picnic in the park, or backyard BBQ. Easily doubled or tripled for a crowd. And it only gets better as it sits, so it’s the perfect make-ahead dish. Ready in just 15 minutes!
This easy Mediterranean inspired Cannellini Bean Salad is made with canned beans and a few other flavorful ingredients… in only five minutes! It’s the perfect no-cook Vegetarian side dish for gatherings and busy weeknights.
Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes is a delicious option for a hot summer day when you want a no-cook recipe! And this delicious salad has lime juice, red onion, and cilantro adding lots of flavor.
This Peruvian Lima Bean Salad features healthy vegetables and beans marinated in a zesty leche de tigre style sauce. It's something of a vegan "ceviche," a gorgeous side dish or a stand alone light meal!
This Five Bean Salad is flavored with homemade garlicky mustard dressing, it comes together in 20 minutes, can be made ahead, and travels well. Perfect to serve as a side dish or for meal prep to enjoy throughout the week.