Now We're Cookin': Lemon Parsley Bean Salad

Lemon parsley bean salad is packed with nutritious ingredients and delicious flavors. If you are looking for a healthy salad to pair with protein or eat on its own, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings.


  • 1 can (15 ounces) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ can (7.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced in half or thirds lengthwise and chopped
  • ½ medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ small avocado, peeled, pit removed, sliced and diced
  • ½ tablespoon dried dill
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Combine the first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Make the lemon dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes until emulsified.
  3. Pour dressing over the bean and vegetable mixture and toss thoroughly.
  4. Serve immediately or cover and let it marinate in the refrigerator.  Leftovers should keep well, covered and refrigerated, for several days. To wake up leftovers, drizzle lemon juice over the salad.

Serves 6 - 1 cup servings
Nutrition Facts for 1 Serving or 1 cup

Calories: 210
Fat: 8 g
Sodium: 300 mg
Carbohydrates: 25 g
Fiber: 9 g
Protein: 9 g

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