Healthy Tuscan Bean Salad is my rendition of a favorite salad at Costco that my family loves! I have made my bean salad a bit healthier and it tastes great. Pair this Easy Bean Salad to be served as a dip with chips. I love this topped on grilled chicken or served with cauliflower rice! Whatever your choice, this is a fabulous Healthy Bean Salad and it’s delish!
I am a chip and dip girl and I why not, the combo is amazing! The hubs and I were at a potluck party on Fire Island! We had an amazing Tuscan Bean Salad from Costco! It was truly delicious! Loaded with beans and Mediterranean flavors that went so well with our low-carb tortilla chips! As you all know, I always prefer homemade with all natural ingredients so I set out to remake this barley salad recipe that was loaded with yummy flavors! It’s an easy healthy bean salad with the best combo of beans, barley and just a few more ingredients to make an amazing salad/bean dip! A serious must make for all!
We are in the middle of a small nor’easter and the weather has been insane! I hope that others more seriously affected by this storm have relief soon. The weather got me thinking of better times the hubs and I had last summer at Fire Island. We are so fortunate to live so near one of the greatest Beaches. This healthy Tuscan Bean salad is so delicious and easy to make. No- cook and literally takes minutes to prep and everyone is happy!
While I love this in the summer, this is a year-round tasty easy bean salad dip. I make this a lot and my youngest loves to bring this as her school lunch. We also make this for our lunch for lax tourneys. It is a great protein and a no-cook lunch/ snack, everyone wins!
This is an easy salad to put together in about 15 minutes. I prefer to make this either the evening before or in the am. Let the flavors combine and enjoy later in the day. A simple recipe beginning with cooked barley! That the hardest part, from there it’s easy and no less tasty! I use canned beans and my own Skinny Basil Pesto! Again, I control the ingredients and a homemade pesto is lower in calories than store-bought pesto. However, in a pinch, feel free to use store-bought pesto. The remaining ingredients are lemon juice, fresh diced green and red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and some spices.
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Healthy Tuscan Bean Salad
- 15 ounce can, chick peas, drained and rinsed
- 15 ounce can, navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup barley, cooked according to package directions
- 1 whole green pepper, seeded and finely diced
- 1 whole red pepper, seeded and finely diced
- 1 whole tomato, seeded and finely diced
- 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
- 2 green onions, finely diced
Tuscan Bean Dressing
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 Tablespoons skinny basil pesto
- 3 Tablespoons canola oIl
- 5 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
- salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- In a small mason jar, combine the Skinny Basil Pesto (or store made pesto), canola oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper, to taste. Place cover on mason jar and shake well, to combine all ingredients. Check the seasoning and adjust, if necessary. Set aside.
To Assemble the Salad
- In a large bowl, combine the chick peas, navy beans, cooked barley, green peppers, red peppers,diced tomato, sun dried tomatoes, and green onions. I season with more ground black pepper.
- Toss the bean salad with the Tuscan Dressing, recipe above. Taste for seasoning, adjust if necessary. I prefer to chill salad for a few hours to allow flavors to blend. Serve as a side dish or as an appetizer with tortilla or pita chips
- Skinny Basil Pesto
- the salad has no cook time, bear in mind the barley is cooked according to the packaging you choose, therefore I did not include in the recipe.
- I usually make this recipe either the evening before serving or in the morning and chill for at least 4 hours.