Greek-Flavored Butter Bean Salad

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I’m a big fan of bold flavors.

Raw onion.

Fresh dill.

Kalamata olives.


Garlic (although that’s not in this recipe).

Which means I have to carry around a travel-sized toothbrush and matching miniature tube of toothpaste. (Wait, what? You mean your purse isn’t likewise equipped?)


The alternative would be to steer clear of aforesaid flavors, and that I just cannot do. (Although, admittedly, I think this is a little weird because I avoid spicy-hot flavor like it’s the plague, even though it’s also bold; anyway, back to topic.)

Or I could just avoid talking to people after eating bold flavors. But that isn’t always an option. And besides, I like to freshen up (so to speak) for myself after eating these foods.

Maybe the best idea yet it to just eat bold-flavored dishes like this salad in the comfort of my own home where I can use my regular toothbrush, lol.

In all seriousness, this salad is fantastic; the bold flavors meld together perfectly for a very satisfying dish. I think it would be perfect for a summer potluck or a side dish for any number of things, like grilled chicken, steak, or even shrimp.

My favorite way to eat this salad though? Make a batch and eat it stuffed inside a whole wheat pita for lunch all week long.

Notice when you use bold-flavored ingredients, you don’t need to use a ton of them; a mere 1/2 cup of feta and 1/4 cup of kalamata olives go into this salad. With these flavors, a little goes a long way and you can eat a bit less and still feel satisfied; basically, it’s minimal effort cooking. In fact, kalamata olives are one of Cooking Light’s Top 20 Ingredients for Quick Cooking.


Greek-Flavored Butter Bean Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 6 as a side dish or about 4 as lunch

Greek-Flavored Butter Bean Salad


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salad:
  • 1 (16 oz/450 g) can butter beans (preferably no-salt-added), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 English cucumber (or 2 Persian cucumbers), halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, thinly sliced (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/2 cup (30 g) chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup (15 g) chopped fresh dill
  • 10 whole pitted kalamata olives (about 1/4 cup/50 g)
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) crumbled feta cheese


  1. Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing and set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients for the salad in a large bowl; stir in the dressing.
  3. Serve or keep covered in the fridge until serving.

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