Mixed bean salad with mustard dressing recipe

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This nutritious and delicious bean salad with juicy cherry tomatoes and a tangy mustard dressing, would make a perfect light lunch or dinner and at only 180 cals, it's great if you're on a diet

  • healthy
  • Low-fat
  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time25 mins
Cooking Time5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Five A DayTwo
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories244 Kcal12%
Sugar5.6 g6%
Fat10.6 g15%
Saturated Fat1.6 g8%
Salt0.14 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein11.1 g22%
Carbohydrates22.1 g9%
Salt0.14 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Three types of beans plus juicy fresh tomatoes tossed in a tangy mustard dressing.

Beans are such a great nutritious lunchtime option - especially if you're trying to follow a healthy diet. Firstly they are packed with protein and fiber. This means they are filling and will keep you feeling sated for longer, unlike a leafy salad which can leave you feeling peckish in the afternoon. They're also really low in fat, in fact, this salad is only 244 calories per portion, making it one of our favourite low calorie lunch ideas. Canned beans are a great store cupboard staple. They don't lose nutritional value in the canning process, so they're little powerhouses of goodness, ready whenever you need them.


  • 90g (3oz) green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 1 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 410g can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 410g can borlotti beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper




  1. Put the green beans into a heatproof bowl with 2 tbsp water. Cover with cling film, pierce and microwave on high for 2 mins. Rinse in cold water and put into a large bowl.
  2. Rinse the chopped red onion in a sieve, to remove the strong flavour, and then add to the bowl.
  3. Gently mix in the celery, canned beans and tomatoes.
  4. To make the dressing: Put mustard, honey, and lemon zest and juice into a small jar with the oil. Season and shake to mix. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and stir lightly.

Top tips for making mixed bean salad with mustard dressing

Swap the cannellini or borlotti beans for any other (unsauced) canned beans you like - red kidney or butter beans work well. You could also stir in a drained tin of tuna fish. To keep the calories down go for tunafish in brine or spring water, not oil.

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Octavia Lillywhite
Food and Lifestyle Writer

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.