Cucumber and Cannellini Bean Fresh Summer Salad











This refreshing Cucumber and Cannellini Bean Salad is a perfect side dish for those hot summer days. With just 115 calories per serving, it's light, full of flavor, and a great addition to your meal roster!


Step 1: Mix Salad Ingredients

In a large bowl, gently toss together the sliced cucumbers, drained and rinsed cannellini beans, finely chopped sundried tomatoes, and red onion. This step is all about combining those crunchy, soft, sweet, and tangy elements to create a base that's both visually appealing and delicious. As you mix, think about the balance of flavors and textures. The cucumbers should bring a fresh, crisp element to the salad, balanced by the soft, creamy beans and the intense, chewy sun-dried tomatoes.
Pro Tip: Slice cucumbers thin for a delicate bite.

Step 2: Prepare the Dressing

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the olive oil, white wine vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper until fully combined. This dressing will add a zesty, tangy layer to the salad, enhancing the natural flavors of the other ingredients. As you mix, make sure the sugar dissolves completely and taste for seasoning, adjusting as necessary. The goal is to achieve a balance between the acidity of the vinegar, the richness of the oil, and the sweetness of the sugar.
Pro Tip: Whisk vigorously to emulsify dressing.

Step 3: Combine and Chill

Pour the dressing over the salad mixture and gently toss to coat every ingredient well. This step marries the flavors, allowing the dressing to seep into the vegetables and beans, creating a harmonious blend. Once mixed, place the salad in the refrigerator to chill. This not only allows the flavors to meld together but also makes the salad a crisp, refreshing contrast to warmer dishes. Serve the salad chilled, ideally letting it rest for at least 30 minutes to an hour before serving.
Pro Tip: Let it rest to enhance flavors.