White Bean and Kale Salad – Served Warm or Cold!

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Do you get tired of the same old green salad at dinner time and family events? If you are like me there is only so much green leaf lettuce with add-ins that you can handle! This White Bean and Kale salad is going to be your new favorite go to…and I guarantee you it costs a fraction of the green salad you normally make! It uses just a few ingredients, most of which you probably have on hand already, but it creates a dish unlike any other  you have had. One of the things I love about this salad is that it feeds a ton of people with such little effort, making it a perfect addition to your next BBQ or family dinner.


I am not gonna lie though, this is a dish that you have to plan ahead of time (unless you use canned beans which I don’t think would take on the flavor as well). The longest part is the cooking of the dried beans, but this is where all the flavor is added in so like I said, canned beans are not your friend for this dish! With that being said, you can make a double batch and have enough beans to use in another dish later in the week, we love double duty dishes.

White Bean and Kale Salad – Served Warm or Cold!

White Bean Kale Salad: A salad recipe that is made with simple ingredients. It is healthy and delicious and makes enough to feed a crowd!
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian, Italian-American
Keyword Kale Salad Recipes, Warm Salads, White Bean Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Author Melissa


  • 2 c Dried White Beans I used Navy but you can use any kind you like
  • 1 bunch Kale stems removed and chopped
  • 5 cloves Garlic peeled
  • 1 tbsp Marjoram
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 sm Lemon
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes more or less to your taste
  • 3/4 c Parmesan freshly grated
  • 1/2 c Olive Oil for finishing
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In a medium pot, combine the white beans, marjoram, garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 6 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Allow to cook for 5 mins at high boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low maintaining a gentle simmer. Cook, partially covered, for 1 hour 20 minutes and stir occasionally. (the beans should be just tender all the way through).
  • Add the chopped kale, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to the pot and stir to combine. Cover the pan and simmer until the kale is wilted and tender, an about 15 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil and the cheese. Zest 1/2 of the lemon over top and squeeze juice to finish. Stir all to combine and serve warm.
  • If you prefer the salad the next day you can refrigerate overnight and serve cold.

Now if you are wondering how the salad turns out let me just tell you. The beans, although cooked for almost 2 hours, have a wonderful texture with a little bite to them (they are anything but mushy) and then you get the slight bitterness from the kale mixing with the lemon zest making it a perfect dish for any meal. I really love that this salad is just as yummy cold as it was warm, so you don’t have to worry about serving it right off the stove. In fact, my hubby and I both agreed that it was even better the day after we had made it for dinner. I mean is that even possible?!

White Bean Kale Salad: A salad recipe made with simple ingredients that is healthy and delicious.

White Bean Kale Salad: A salad recipe made with simple ingredients that is healthy and delicious.

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47 thoughts on “White Bean and Kale Salad – Served Warm or Cold!

  1. Jen Seislove says:

    This is the perfect summer salad using two of my favorite ingredients! Pinning so I can add this to my menu this week.

    • oliveblogger says:

      It really is so yummy, and with the addition of the marjoram (a spice often unused by many) it is out of the park delish!

  2. Mommy Engineering says:

    I’ve recently discovered the awesomeness of Kale and although I haven’t acquired the taste of Kale uncooked, I love it in a quick stirfry style salad! This looks like something I would love and definitely going to try this soon! (as soon as my kale in my garden is ready!)

    • oliveblogger says:

      It is one of my favorite veggies, but I too stated slowly with it! It blends so nicely with the other flavors in this dish so it is not overpowering, I imagine it will be even better with the kale straight from your garden!!

  3. mamaonmainstreet says:

    This looks amazing! I’ve been searching for good recipes with white beans. I love all of the ingredients you used! Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Corina says:

    I love hearty healthy salads and this is definitely right up my street. I love the fact that you can make a big batch and then eat it up over a couple of days!

    • oliveblogger says:

      Yes me too Corina!!! I love anything that is a double duty meal. We actually enjoyed this the next day on toasted garlic bread, it was super tasty!

  5. The FoodOlic says:

    Love Kale, Love white Beans! and the parmesan touch, YUM! This is for me! I’ll definitely do the cold version soon since it’s sooo hot outside those days! Looks lovely!

    • oliveblogger says:

      Oh yasss!!! That is awesome, you will have to let me know how you like it! It can get so boring eating the same thing all the time.

    • oliveblogger says:

      Thanks Gloria, it really is a great dish for the summer months! I am all about easy dishes, especially with the busy days of summer!

  6. oliveblogger says:

    This is more bean than kale but it is equally as yummy!!! And the fact you can eat it cold makes it perfect for summer! Enjoy

  7. Danielle Cushing says:

    They serve something similar in my cafe at work and I ALWAYS get it when it’s available. Now I can make at home! 🙂

    • oliveblogger says:

      I know right?! We don’t get enough beans in our diet so we will be whipping this up again many times over this summer!

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