Cannellini Bean, Red Onion, and Arugula Salad

As one of my friends likes to say, this salad is "cute as hell." I won't lie, it is. But more importantly, I love cannellini beans, and[ there's no easier way to enjoy them than in this good-looking, great-tasting salad. Even though the beans are from a can they should still be firm and whole, not all mushy and falling apart. If you open a can and the beans look like that, then you need to be using another brand of beans. The thinly sliced red onion adds a nice bite as does the spicy arugula. Make sure that the arugula you get looks really perky and green.]

Total Time:
15 min
15 min

8 to 10 servings

  • 4 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 bunch arugula, thick stems removed, washed and dried
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Handful washed basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 20 grinds black pepper

Empty the cans of beans into a colander and rinse them briefly under cold water. Drain thoroughly and empty the colander into a large serving bowl. Toss the beans together with the red onion and arugula.

Shake the olive oil, vinegar, chopped basil, salt and pepper in a sealable container until the salt is dissolved. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. It's best to make and dress the salad about an hour before you serve it. Let it stand at room temperature, tossing every time you think about it. Just before serving, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste.

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    Delicious vegan meal! All the carnivores loved it, too! Tweaked, using some of Giada's ideas in her similar recipe.
    Nice and refreshing summer salad.
    What a delicious salad. I have to cook for lots of vegans and vegetarians and this was perfect for everyone and delicious!
     I have also made this with little bits of salami added in and finished witha brief shving of parmesan cheese.. cause I do eat meat and dairy. Great salad either way!
    I am always looking for light, delicious and EASY side dish recipes. This one is going in my "favs" for easy summer dining. Thanks!
    This turned out great and my father in law had THREE servings! Easy too.
    Salad makes a great presentation and extremely tasty! Would definately make again.
    I have prepared this salad twice, and each time it has been a hit. The combination of ingredients is striking.
    Very simple recipe--not much more than beans and arugula basically--but a little disappointing. It was a little bland to be honest and I think I would prefer lemon juice to the vinegar--would have brightend it up I think; plus the balsmaic turned the beans a little dark.
    I quite liked this recipe, but decreased the red onion amount a little bit. I find it very important to slice those onions as thin as possible. Northern White beans worked fine as a replacement as the host suggested. The peppery Arugula is a wonderful complement.
    excellent and refreshing
    This recipe is a lot tastier then I thought it would be. I didn't realize how tasty arugula is!
    The combination of fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar was absolutely devine. I used this for backyard brunch. My vegetarian guests were very pleased. It provided fiber and flavor.
    This was fast and great for a large group and what great flavor.
    I made this recipe for a 4th of July potluck. It was fabulously easy to make and everyone loved it. Leftovers are also great.
    Easy & quick to make
    This was really good. I made it for guests and had a lot left over. The more it sits, the more the flavors combine. Beware: When making it, the balsamic vinegar sauce has a really wierd flavor but when it's combined it's really good!
    The red onions lend a spicy hot kick and this is great on a hot day- plus great to have in the fridge for that extra something to go with the main dish.
    My whole family loved this! I had to use mixed greens because bunches of arugula are not available where I live but it was still great. Perfect as a side for a summer dinner. This salad made me excited about trying all of Dave's other recipes.
    Takes the place of any salad anytime - balsamic vinegrette is really good on this.
    I had to sub spinach for the arugula. It was really good. Much better than I thought it would be.
    I love this recipe! I am looking forward to watching Dave in the future! He is great!
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