Mediterranean Black Bean Salad

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Mediterranean black bean salad is light, refreshing and comes together in 10 minutes. Simple, flavorful and nutritious.

Mediterranean Black Bean Salad in a white bowl  with a towel and fork.
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Why Make This Mediterranean Black Bean Salad

This salad is simple, full of nourishment and fresh ingredients. It’s light and hits all the flavor components of a Mediterranean meal. Try my Lemon Orzo With Feta as another great fresh side.

This salad has healthy fats, fiber, and a simple dressing that highlights the ingredients. You can serve it as a side dish to a meal like my Pesto Chicken Wrap, BBQ Chicken Flatbread or eat it as it for a light lunch.

Ingredients Needed

Arugula. I love to use this peppery green for a Mediterranean style salad, it brings a lot of flavor to a simple salad.

Roasted Red Peppers. I just use pre roasted red peppers from a jar. You can find them in the condiment aisle near the pickles and artichokes.

Black Beans. I use canned black beans that are precooked. Rinse and drain them before enjoying. My Kale & Lentil Salad is another great dish full of fiber, a must try,

Artichoke Hearts. I use marinated artichoke hearts but of course canned will work as well. These add some protein and a bit of a salty flavor.

Olives. You can use any olives of choice, or use a tapenade. I prefer a tapenade to get a variation of flavors and colors. But green, kalamata or black olives will work.

Balsamic Vinaigrette. Use a good quality balsamic, the salad leans on this flavor so be sure it’s one you enjoy.

Fresh Herbs. Basil and Parsley work best with this recipe. They offer a ton of flavor.

All other ingredients and measurements are listed below in the recipe card.

Recipe Variations

Arugula. Use spinach or mixed greens in place of the arugula. Another great Arugula style salad is my Butternut Squash & Feta Salad.

Feta. Goat cheese will also work well.

Black Beans. Chickpeas or great northern white beans would work well in place of the black beans

Balsamic Vinegar. Balsamic glaze would work great or you can use honey if you don’t prefer balsamic flavor.

Olive Oil. Avocado oil will also work. Be sure to use an oil you enjoy.

Roasted Red Peppers. Any peppers of choice will work.

Steps To Make This Salad

Steps to make this recipe in a white ceramic bowl with salad serving utensils.

Step One. Gather and prepare all the ingredients. Chop the herbs, green onions, artichoke, roasted red peppers and tomatoes. Chop the olive if you aren’t using tapenade.

Step Two. Add all the ingredients to a large salad bowl, add salt, pepper, oil, and balsamic. Top with feta and serve.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. If you make this meal ahead of time, add the dressing (olive oil and balsamic) once you are ready to serve the salad.

White bowl with arugula and salad in it.

Recipe FAQs

What protein works best with this salad

If you want to add some meat or protein to this dish I recommend chicken or shrimp. Both pair wonderfully.

What other greens will work?

If you aren’t a big fan of arugula, use spinach or mixed greens in place of the arugula.

Recipe Tips

If you are serving this salad later but want to prep it before hand, simple leave the balsamic and oil off until you are ready to enjoy.

Add sliced avocado for an extra creamy texture and flavor.

Make it vegan by skipping the cheese or using a plant based cheese.

Recipe Pairings

This Mediterranean Black Bean Salad is so versatile and pairs with a multitude of meals. Try it with BBQ Pulled Chicken Burgers, Cajun Chicken Wraps, or Ground Chicken Stuffed Peppers.

Other Mediterranean Recipes To Try

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Mediterranean Black Bean Salad in a ceramic white bowl with salad serving utensils.
5 from 3 votes

Mediterranean Black Bean Salad

Mediterranean black bean salad is light, refreshing and comes together in 10 minutes. Simple, flavorful and nutritious. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • sharp knives
  • large serving bowl

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 14 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup artichoke hearts, chopped , in oil or canned
  • ½ cup tomatoes, chopped
  • cup olives, chopped , *see notes
  • cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • cup feta, crumbled
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil, *see notes
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar , or balsamic glaze
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black cracked pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, choppd

Instructions 

  • Gather and prepare all the ingredients. Chop the herbs, green onions, artichoke, roasted red peppers and tomatoes. Chop the olive if you aren’t using tapenade.
  • Add all the ingredients to a large salad bowl, add salt, pepper, oil, and balsamic. Top with feta and serve. 

Notes

*spinach or mixed greens will also work
*chickpeas will also work
*olive tapenade or any pitted olive variation will work 
*avocado oil will also work 
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. If you make this meal ahead of time, add the dressing (olive oil and balsamic) once you are ready to serve the salad. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup of salad | Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 1065mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4
Calories: 212
Keyword: 10 minute, salad
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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was so light and healthy I loved it and the leftovers were great. I paired it with rotisserie chicken.

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent salad
    Took on a Girls trip to lake
    Very easy
    Awesome flavor !!!
    Definitely making again

    1. So happy to hear it was enjoyed on a girls trip! I hope you had a blast.