Bohnensalat, also known as bean salad, is a versatile and nutritious dish that can be enjoyed in various ways. It typically consists of cooked or canned beans mixed with a variety of vegetables, herbs, and a tangy dressing. Here’s a classic recipe for making Bohnensalat:

Classic Bohnensalat Recipe


  • Beans:
    • 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1 can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Vegetables:
    • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
    • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
    • 1 cucumber, diced
    • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1 small bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Dressing:
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon honey or sugar
    • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Beans:
    • Drain and rinse the canned beans thoroughly to remove any excess sodium.
  2. Prepare the Vegetables:
    • Chop the red onion, bell pepper, and cucumber into small, bite-sized pieces.
    • Mince the garlic and chop the fresh parsley.
  3. Make the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey (or sugar), salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. Combine Ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, combine the drained beans, chopped vegetables, minced garlic, and chopped parsley.
  5. Toss with Dressing:
    • Pour the dressing over the bean and vegetable mixture. Toss everything together until the beans and vegetables are evenly coated with the dressing.
  6. Chill and Serve:
    • Cover the bowl and refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed before serving.


  • Mediterranean Bohnensalat:
    • Add crumbled feta cheese, olives, and cherry tomatoes. Use a dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano.
  • Mexican Bohnensalat:
    • Add black beans, corn, diced avocado, and cilantro. Use a dressing made with lime juice, cumin, and a bit of chili powder.
  • German Bohnensalat:
    • Use white beans and add chopped pickles, dill, and bacon bits. Use a dressing made with vinegar, mustard, and a bit of sugar.


  • For added crunch, you can include chopped celery or radishes.
  • Feel free to mix and match different types of beans according to your preference.
  • This salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Bohnensalat is a perfect dish for picnics, potlucks, or as a healthy side dish for any meal. Enjoy!