This simple white bean caprese salad is a delicious take on the traditional Italian caprese salad. Tomatoes, basil and mozzarella are mixed with white cannellini beans to make a flavour and protein packed salad that takes less than 10 minutes to make.
Why we love this recipe
- Ready in minutes – whip this salad up in under 10 minutes.
- Healthy and delicious.
- Great for lunchboxes and meal prep – this white bean salad can be kept in the fridge up to 3 days.
- A beautiful summer salad, full of fresh ingredients.
Ingredient notes and substitutions
- White beans – cannellini beans. You can substitute butter beans, or even chickpeas.
- Tomatoes – for this recipe I have made the caprese salad with cherry tomatoes, although you can easily make it with regular tomatoes, sliced or cut in to chunks.
- Basil – fresh basil leaves do make this salad, but if you don’t have any, have a look at these substitutes for basil.
- Mozzarella – I like to use bocconcini, also known as mozzarella pearls, but you can use fresh mozzarella instead and tear it in to bitesize pieces.
- Olive oil – a good EVOO or the best quality olive oil you can buy will transform this salad. It is the only dressing ingredient, so you want to enjoy the flavour of it.
How to make this summer salad from scratch
- Chop the tomatoes, and mix with the cannellini beans, bocconcini before drizzling over the olive oil and seasoning with salt and pepper and mixing with fresh basil.
Fresh oregano would be a delicious substitute for basil in caprese salad.
Yes they are. Cannellini is the Italian name for them, and they are also known as white kidney beans, fazolia beans or white beans.
You don’t have to rinse cannellini beans, however the liquid they are in does contain salt, so if you want to watch your salt intake, or season to taste, I’d recommend rinsing them and draining them before adding to your salad or white bean dish.
My recipe tips
- Use in-season tomatoes for the best flavour, and make sure they are room temperature as they will be much more flavoursome than if they are straight out of the fridge.
- Don’t be afraid to add a reasonable amount of salt – this really helps bring out the flavour from the tomatoes.
- Use a good olive oil – it’s the only dressing for the salad, and will help make the best caprese salad.
This cannellini bean salad is a delicious meal in itself, maybe with a slice of soft bread on the side, but it would also be a tasty addition to:
- pot lucks/ Jacob’s join
This salad will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Best eaten up to 2 days.
Ideas for leftover salad ingredients
- tomatoes – mix them with peppers (capsicum), onion and parsley in this refreshing Turkish pepper salad, Ezme, or make a mango salsa, or Turkish bulgar salad with mint and parsley.
- basil – pesto, sprinkle over homemade pizza or Italian tomato pasta
- mozzarella – make a simple pizza with homemade pizza dough, or this refreshing watermelon salad
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White Bean Caprese Salad
- 420g (14oz) Tin/can cannellini beans ($1.70 / £0.60)
- 250g (8oz) cherry tomatoes ($3.90 / £0.62)
- 125g (4oz) cherry bocconcini (mozzarella pearls) ($2.25 / £1.75)
- ¼ bunch ¼ c fresh basil ($0.80 / £0.15)
- 2 tablespoons EVOO ($0.32/ £0.16)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt, or kosher salt ($0.01 / £0.01)
- fresh black pepper ($0.02 / £0.01)
- Make sure your mozzarella and tomatoes are at room temperature before you begin.
- Chop the tomatoes into halves or quarters and mix with the cannellini beans and bocconcini.
- Drizzle over the olive oil, sprinkle in the fresh basil and season with salt and black pepper.