Vegetarian Bean Salads for Summer

A collection of the best vegetarian bean salad recipes for summer. Bring along a healthy and high-protein vegetarian or vegan bean salad to your next outdoor picnic or potluck, or just enjoy one of these bean salads for a nutritious low-fat and high-fiber summer lunch.

Want more salad ideas? Check out these dozens of healthy and fun salad recipes, including green salads, pasta salads, bean salads and more. 

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    Vegetarian mango and black bean salad
    Vegetarian mango and black bean salad.

    With fresh mango, this easy bean salad recipe is perfect on a hot summer day. It's inspired by the flavors of Mexico - with lime juice, fresh cilantro, and a jalapeno that you could omit to tame the heat a bit. Once you've diced your mango, this bean salad will take you just a minute to prepare.

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    Use any white beans that you like in this simple vegetarian white bean summer salad: cannellini, navy beans or even butter beans or chickpeas would work well in this quick bean salad. This bean salad travels well, so pack it up and enjoy under the summer sun!

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    A simple but tasty black bean salad for vegetarian picnics flavored with lime juice and cayenne pepper for a Southwestern-style meal. Be sure to use fresh ingredients for the best flavor. Try reducing the fat in this easy bean salad by adding just a tablespoon or a drizzle of olive oil, instead of the full amount. The fresh flavors will still make this one of the best bean salads you've ever had, even if you reduce the oil and fat.

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    Black bean salad with red and green bell peppers
    Black bean salad photo by Cglade / Getty Images

     A meatless bell pepper and bean salad, this vegetarian and vegan recipe is great for picnics, potlucks or barbecues, especially if you've got lots of bell peppers in your garden or you have some leftover to use up. This recipe is made with red, green and yellow bell peppers, diced red onions, black beans, fresh cilantro and a red wine vinaigrette.

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    Grape salad recipe with three beans - the perfect cooling summer salad
    Grape salad recipe with three beans - the perfect cooling summer salad.

     Grape salads are almost as popular as bean salads in the summer for a light and cooling lunch or side for a summer barbecue, picnic or potluck. This vegetarian (and almost vegan, if you use agave nectar instead of honey and regular mustard, instead of honey mustard!) three bean and grape salad is made with garbanzo beans, kidney beans, white beans, cucumber and grapes. It's also gluten-free as well.