White Bean Cherry Tomato Salad

For the last few weeks, I have been traveling up the East coast to visit family. I returned to a garden OVERFLOWING with cherry tomatoes! I have been searching high and low for cherry tomato recipes so they don’t go bad before I eat them. This white bean cherry tomato salad recipe was simple to make and a delicious vegetarian dinner (check out this healthy quiche recipe if you want more!) 

Cherry Tomato Salad with White Beans

White Beans:  Canned vs Dried

This tomato salad recipe calls for about 3 cups of cooked white beans. If you are in a hurry, you can use canned white beans that you drain and rinse. If you have a bit of time, you can make white beans from scratch. Starting with dried beans is VERY cheap and probably better for you than using beans that are canned.

So, what is the best way to cook dried beans? Seriously… as a dozen people and they will give you a dozen answers! I have done the overnight soak and simmer the next day thing. It works great but is very time-consuming. Last month, I finally broke down and bought an Instant Pot. I have been putting it off for a year because pressure cooking honestly terrifies me. But, cooking the beans for this white bean cherry tomato salad was SO simple in an Instant Pot!

After cooking dried beans in the Instant Pot, I can seriously understand why people use these things. Took about 45 minutes to go from dried bean to completely cooked. Not quite as creamy as the overnight method but a lot faster! I started with about 1 cup of dried beans and 3 to 4 cups of water.

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Cherry Tomatoes

Too Many Cherry Tomatoes!

So, we have ONE cherry tomato plant. It is absolutely thriving but I wish there was some way to get the harvest spread out a bit. Seriously. We picked about 6 cherry tomatoes before we left and we we got back, there were about a hundred of them ready to eat. There are way too many cherry tomatoes for me to eat before they go bad! Here are a few cherry tomato recipes to try if you have the same problem I do!

Cherry Tomato Recipes

White Bean Cherry Tomato Salad Recipe

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White Bean Cherry Tomato Salad Recipe

If you are looking for healthy dinner recipes loaded with protein, this white bean cherry tomato salad recipe is a great choice. I used premade Italian dressing and fresh basil from the garden.


Once you have the cooked white beans, it takes only minutes to toss this together and serve it in rustic stoneware handmade bowls.  If you love healthy salads, try my strawberry steak salad recipe this week!)

Yield: 4 servings

White Bean Cherry Tomato Salad

White Bean and Tomato Salad Recipe

This white bean cherry tomato salad recipe was simple to make and a delicious vegetarian dinner. If you are looking for cherry tomato recipes, try this!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 cups cooked white beans (approximately 2 15 ounce cans or 1 cup dried beans that you have cooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 3 to 4 thin slices of red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, finely sliced
  • 4 to 5 TBSP Italian dressing


  1. Combine cooked beans with all other ingredients.
  2. Mix well
  3. Chill 3o minutes or so before eating.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 744mgCarbohydrates: 20gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g

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