This fresh Sausage and White Bean Salad is quick, delicious, and healthy and is ready in no time. The full bodied flavors of red onion, cilantro, lemon juice, and vinegar will have your taste buds dancing.
My husband and I have been eating less grain lately. We’ve found that beans don’t bother us, but for some reason grain does. If I eat more than a serving of grain I bloat like a balloon at a birthday party.
Beans don’t do that to me – even canned ones. In order to add more protein to our diets, and eat dishes that are grain-free, we’ve started incorporating beans back into our meals.
There are several types of beans in the canned food isle and bulk isle at the grocery store.
If you’re not a fan of white beans (like I use in this Sausage and White Bean Salad recipe) you can switch them out for another soft bean.
We like white beans because they are tender and buttery — and they are a perfect match for olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice.
Beans are a great way to add different flavors, textures, and proteins to your diet. If your digestive system can’t tolerate beans, you could substitute the beans in this recipe with 3 cups of steamed chopped cauliflower.
I actually did that once when we ran out of beans and I didn’t notice until I had everything else out and prepped. Using cauliflower does not add the protein, but it’s still healthy and adds plenty of flavor.
That’s one of the great things about this recipe. The sausage and other fresh ingredients add so many amazing flavors and textures, that you won’t miss the beans if you need to swap them out.
This naturally gluten-free Sausage and White Bean Salad is super flavorful and super healthy.
This recipes makes enough for two full-sized adult meals or four to six sides. It’s packed with protein, healthy fats, and nutrients, making it one of our new go-to recipes.
If you make this recipe, please stop back by and let me know what you think.
- 1 16 oz. package Mild Italian Sausage
- 2 cans (14.5 oz.) white beans, drained
- 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- Slice and pan fry the Italian Sausage until it's cooked through. Set aside to cool.
- Mix the remaining ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Add the sausage and stir until combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Serve cold.