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Kidney Bean Salad

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!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Entrées, Salads
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 209kcal


  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) kidney beans drained and rinsed (or 3.5 cups cooked kidney beans)
  • 1 English cucumber diced (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 4 radishes diced (about ¾ cup)
  • ¼ - ½ of a medium red onion diced (about ¾ cup)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup use 2 teaspoons if you like it sweeter
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper or to taste


  • Add kidney beans, cucumber, radishes, red onion, parsley, salt and pepper to a medium mixing bowl. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, pure maple syrup and oil.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss well to combine.
  • Eat immediately or cover and refrigerate. It only gets better as it sits!


~ Drain and rinse the canned kidney beans well. Or try chickpeas, black beans, cannellini beans or navy beans instead.
~ Chop the cucumbers and radishes into bite size pieces about the same size as the kidney beans.
~ Use fresh parsley, not dried! Or try cilantro for a different spin.
~ This kidney bean salad gets better as it sits, making it the perfect make-ahead meal prep dish.
~ For an oil-free option, skip the dressing and use a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Store this kidney bean salad in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.
I do not recommend freezing this salad.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 559mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 18.2mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2.3mg