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All Recipes, Soups & Salads / August 6, 2021

Classic Spanish White Bean Salad | Refreshing & Packed with Goodness

This Spanish White Bean Salad is packed with refreshing flavors, it´s easy to make and comes together in under 20 minutes. The perfect dish for a hot summers day, yet it´s bold enough to enjoy all year round. Serve it next to a crusty baguette for the ultimate experience.

Classic Spanish White Bean Salad
My favorite part about this salad, is that it´s made with simple everyday ingredients. We are talking jarred beans, which is the same thing as the canned ones and a handful of basic ingredients. Truly a dish, you can make on the fly and add to the fridge and eat as you go.

Classic Spanish White Bean Salad
This dish is known here in Spain as ¨Ensalada de Alubias Blancas¨, and you will find it in many places throughout southern Spain and the region of Murcia. It´s typically served chilled on a hot summers day, but also served all year long at room temperature.

Classic Spanish White Bean Salad

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I added cubes of Manchego cheese into the salad, but you can also use canned tuna in olive oil, which is very typical. Either way, the secret to this recipe, is to use the highest-quality ingredients. As it makes all the difference in the flavor.

Classic Spanish White Bean Salad

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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5 from 2 votes

Classic Spanish White Bean Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 304 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 20 oz canned white beans 570 grams
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 10 black olives
  • 2 oz manchego cheese
  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • 2 tbsp parsley 8 grams
  • sea salt
  • black pepper


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1/2 tbsp sherry vinegar 8 ml
  • 1 clove garlic
  • sea salt
  • black pepper


  1. Drain the jarred or canned white beans into a colander and rinse under cold water, shake off any excess water and add the beans over a dishcloth, gently pat completely dry, add the beans into a large bowl

  2. Finely dice 1 small onion, finely chop 1 green bell pepper, finely chop 2 tomatoes, thinly slice 10 black pitted olives, finely shred 1 peeled carrot, cut about 2 ounces of Manchego cheese into small cubes and finely chop a handful of fresh parsley, add all the ingredients into the bowl with the beans, season with sea salt & black pepper

  3. To make the dressing, add 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil into a small bowl, along with 1/2 tbsp sherry vinegar, finely grate 1 clove garlic and lightly season with sea salt & black pepper, whisk together

  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently mix together until well mixed, cover with saran wrap and add to fridge for at least 30 minutes

  5. Remove the salad from the fridge, transfer into a large serving dish and garnish with hardboiled eggs, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Classic Spanish White Bean Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 213mg9%
Potassium 941mg27%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 3511IU70%
Vitamin C 36mg44%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Christie

    5 stars
    This was really delicious and made for great leftovers for the next day. Refreshing in the heat-a new summer favorite!

    29 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      29 . Aug . 2021
  3. Ramya

    Oops sorry i meant am not a big fan of both the green and red bell peppers

    07 . Aug . 2021
  4. TomB

    5 stars
    Awesome! I know that you encourage using what you have if you don’t have what is in the recipe. In this case I did not have the recommended cheese, so I went with Gruyere.

    06 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      07 . Aug . 2021
  5. Ramya

    will be making this soon can i use vegan cheese and tofu as am a vegan can i skip green bell pepper as am not a big fan of it never had salad before perfect for my after office meals will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    06 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can sub the green bell pepper for a red one Ramya 🙂 hope you enjoy! much love

      06 . Aug . 2021

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