Basil Bean Salad

by Alli

This Basil Bean Salad is another favorite summertime salad of mine.  I love all bean salads but this one helps me use up my overabundance of basil.  It’s everywhere, it’s everywhere!


Helpful Hints:  My recipe calls for chilling for several hours or overnight, but in the past, I have thrown this salad together and served it immediately and it tasted awesome.  Also, I sometimes use sugar substitute and reduce the oil and vinegar down to 1/4 cup each (instead of the 1/2 cup the recipe calls for).  I like to play with my food that way!


Basil Bean Salad


  • 1 can (15-16 oz) kidney beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz) wax beans, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz) cut green beans, drained
  • 1 medium green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 T sugar
  • 1 T minced fresh basil (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 3/4 tsp. ground mustard
  • 3/4 tsp. salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine beans, green pepper and onion. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oil, sugar, basil, mustard and salt. Pour over bean mixture; toss to coat. Chill for several hours or overnight. Yield: 10-12 servings.

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Andrea @the Distracted July 31, 2013 - 8:33 am

Beans are my weakness so this is right up my alley. Can’t wait to give it a shot.

Alli July 31, 2013 - 4:43 pm

I’m crazy about beans, too!

Jamie @ They Call Me A Hippie July 31, 2013 - 9:01 am

This looks delicious! I’ll have to give this a try now that our basil plants are all nice and bushy ready to be cut.

Alli July 31, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Basil is definitely one of my favorite herbs!

Anna @ Northern Homestead July 31, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Looking so, so yummy! I need to harvest my Basel too.

Alli July 31, 2013 - 4:45 pm

I love basil! I try to find as many ways to use it as possible!

Michelle August 1, 2013 - 1:09 am

This looks like a recipe my mom made when I was a kid! I always loved it! Pinning it now – definitely going to try it!

Alli August 1, 2013 - 7:26 am

Yep! It’s an oldie but goody! 🙂

Noony February 29, 2016 - 12:33 am

wooo, thank you for sharing, the shop looks relaly nice. too bad i’m for sure won’t be able to go there before they close. please take more pictures for us all !i don’t have any plants for now, because i’m living in such a small room. but i do wanna start growing my own little herb garden when my french boy and i live together in a bigger place.:)


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