White Bean Cilantro Chopped Vegetable Salad

by Dorothy Reinhold on May 25, 2014

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Do you grow vegetables or even herbs in your window sill? Welcome to the gardening grub club.

As long as I can remember, we’ve had some sorts of vegetables growing out back in the garden. Tomatoes always did well in our hot Southern California gardens, as did zucchini and eggplant. Basil in pot on Shockingly DeliciousDuring my college years, I didn’t have a vegetable garden, but I did have a “college bookshelf” (bricks and boards) laden with herbs and houseplants. It has always been nice to be able to grab the potted basil plant and pinch off a few leaves for the plate of pasta. Here’s my current window sill basil pot, ready for some dinner action.

I’ve always been a garden dreamer. One year I put in what I called a “salsa garden” – tomatoes, Jalapenos, tomatillos, onions, and cilantro. Another year I put in an edible flower garden, with pansies, violas, nasturtium and other pretty flowers that can be eaten. Every salad that summer was a riot of color and floral design.

Chard leaf with NickRemember my monstrous chard leaves from a few years ago? (I don’t mind a few little bug holes. That just shows you it’s organic!)

Bowen and the very large zucchiniAnd my gargantuan zucchini? I really have to harvest a bit earlier, eh?

I’m late putting in my summer garden this year, but I will not be deterred, and am planting tomatoes, eggplant, Jalapeno pepper, black zucchini and orange mint. I am dreaming big with plans for roasted vegetable medleys come July-August.  

I’d love for you to plant a garden, even if it is only in a pot on the patio or balcony, or a little herb on the window sill. The emotional rewards for being able to eat food that you have grown are huge. You feel like a million bucks when the tomato and herbs in your dinner salad came from out back.

I had to buy the grape tomatoes for this salad because mine aren’t ready yet, but the Italian parsley and cilantro came from my garden, as did the radishes.

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Recipe: White Bean Cilantro Chopped Vegetable Salad

White Bean Cilantro Chopped Vegetable Salad | ShockinglyDelicious.comSummary: Overflowing and chunky with vegetables, this healthy salad can be a vegan main dish or side dish, and makes a great potluck offering.


  • 2 (15-ounce) can small white beans, drained, rinsed and drained again
  • 12 ounces grape tomatoes, halved (mixed colors are nice)
  • 1 small zucchini, diced small
  • 3 mini bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and diced small (mixed colors are nice)
  • 5-7 radishes, stemmed and diced small
  • 1 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Garnish: toasted pine nuts (optional)


  1. Into a large bowl, place the white beans. Add everything else – tomatoes through black pepper, and mix gently but well with a large spoon.
  2. Taste and adjust lemon juice and salt level to your liking. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.
  3. Serve on plates or in wide, flat bowls, topping each with a tablespoon of toasted pine nuts if you like.
  4. Serves 4-5 for dinner, or more for a side salad.White Bean Cilantro Chopped Vegetable Salad | ShockinglyDelicious.com

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Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

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Preparation time: 20 minutes
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Low calorie
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

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