Recipe: Red Bean Salad with Chickpeas

Red Bean Salad

makes 2 servings

This red bean salad has quickly become one of our favorites since we started the China Study Diet and Fitness Challenge. We’ve had it 4 times or so over the past month and a half and haven’t been disappointed!

The red beans and chickpeas add a great source of protein and overall the salad is fairly healthy. On our first two attempts at the salad we used standard white cheddar cheese (which is AMAZING), but on the 2nd two attempts we opted for a skim milk/reduced fat option which made the cheese much less tastier (although healthier).

The great thing about this red bean salad is that you only use half of the cheddar cheese, chickpeas, and red beans, so it’s really easy to get two salads/person (or 4 servings) without having to buy more than the lettuce and tomatoes on the 2nd go-around.

Ingredients for Salad

  • 3-4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 can red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 cup white cheddar cheese, chopped in 1/2″ cubes
  • White and blue corn tortilla chips, crushed (optional)
  • Fresh or dried chives, for garnish (optional)

Ingredients for Red Bean Salad Dressing

  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons canola oil

Red bean salad ingredients image

In a large bowl toss the lettuce, diced tomatoes, red beans, chickpeas, olives, and cheese together.

Red bean salad without dressing image

In a blender, combine and blend the vinegar (don’t smell it!), salt, and pepper until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the canola oil and blend until it’s mixed well.

Red bean salad dressing image

Top salad with the red bean dressing and garnish with the crushed chips as well as the chives. Enjoy!

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Original recipe found at Fitness Magazine

About the Author

By , on Aug 28, 2012
Andy Tenton
Andy is a 30-something New Yorker who turned his financial life around. He took charge of his finances, got out of debt, and is now working his way toward financial success. He is the publisher of

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  1. Modest Money says:

    That looks like a pretty awesome salad Andy. I’ve been eating a lot of salads lately, but I could use some variety. So I might try something like this, but I’d probably skip making dressing and just use a vinaigrette.

  2. Brian says:

    Interesting idea – now I have another recipe other than chili for the chick peas and red beans that I have in the cupboard!

    • Andy says:

      Brian, we have a good chickpea taco recipe within the blog. You should check it out as that’s one of our major uses for chickpeas!

  3. Shilpan says:

    I love both red beans and chick peas.; and I love salads. I am definitely going to try this recipe. You need to publish and e-book just using these recipes that you share with us.

    • Andy says:

      I need to find out the legality behind that. Can I use other people’s recipes as long as I’m not making a profit on the e-book? If these were all my own personal recipes then it would be a no-brainer…but we just find them, test them, and put them on the site if they’re good.

  4. Michelle says:

    This looks so healthy, colorful, nutritious! Is it wrong that I think I want to do this recipe exactly, but add chicken instead of chickpeas? HA! I’m trying to be less of a meat eater, I swear….it’s hard. Chicken’s GOOD! 😉

    • Oh Michelle, I am totally with you on the chicken! I have some serious love for cows and other animals but I lack compassion for chickens for some reason. Maybe it’s because they are sooooooooooooo freaking delicious. Chicken. I’m hungry.

    • Andy says:

      It is really hard not to eat meat! We don’t have a problem at home, but it’s really tough we traveling, being out-and-about for the day, or hanging out with friends/fam. If you wanted to add chicken I’d get rid of the red beans and keep the chickpeas. That’s just me though. 🙂

  5. Eddie says:

    Every week you impress me more and more with these simple recipes. I tried some of your other recipes, and this one I printed off to try over the weekend. BTW, love the newsletter opt-in. Looks great!!

    • Andy says:

      Thanks Eddie! I’m not getting much traction from it, so it looks like I need to finally create an ebook and entice more people to sign up.

  6. Speaking of beans, have you heard of the Primal Blueprint? Any thoughts on that?

    • Andy says:

      I hadn’t heard of it before but I looked into it for a few minutes before responding. I’d have to really see what research he’s done over the past 40 years to help support his theory. From the title and from some of his posts it appears that he’s all about meat. Is he against beans or something too?

      • Yeah he is against beans. But I watched a Tom Hardy workout video the other day, he lost a lot of weight by working out a lot and eating chicken and broccoli only lol. Has to be some truth to low carb consumption to deplete fat, and extra protein to rebuild muscle after workouts.

  7. This looks good. Perfect summer salad.

  8. AverageJoe says:

    That red bean dressing must be the kicker on the top. It looks really interesting.

  9. Michelle says:

    Wow I love all the color! Looks very flavorful.

  10. That looks delicious but I have to admit that I stared at it way too long trying to figure out what the blue things were…..chips! It’s time for coffee =)

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