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Greek Bean Salad (Fasolia Piaz)

6 Servings

45 minutes 15 minutes active

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This simple bean salad was inspired by one we tasted in Greece. We swapped the large, flat butter beans typically used by Greek cooks for easier-to-find cannellini, and we opted for the convenience of canned. But to compensate for canned beans' blandness, we heated them in the microwave, then tossed them while still hot with oil, vinegar and aromatics. As the beans cool, they absorb the seasonings, so they're flavorful throughout. The beans can be heated, dressed and refrigerated up to a day in advance; if you like, bring the beans to room temperature before tossing with the avocado, herbs and lemon, but even cold the salad is delicious.




Don't skip the step of heating the beans in the microwave and don't allow the beans to cool before adding the oil, vinegar and aromatics. Dressing them while hot ensures they are fully infused with flavor. To keep the flavors and colors fresh and bright, don't add the avocado and herbs until you're ready to serve.

45 minutes

15 minutes active


  • 4

    15½-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


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Richard D.
July 29, 2023
This is incredibly easy and flavorful. I was able to find butter beans, so I opted for them. I made the recipe based on the ingredients listed (with the exception of the beans) and thought that the salt level was a bit high considering that the canned beans contain sodium, however, I made the recipe as instructed and it was correctly seasoned as it was. If you’re sensitive to salt, you may want to lessen the amount. I highly recommend this recipe.
Alexandra V.
January 17, 2023
Loved this!
My husband and I really enjoyed this. Will definitely be putting in the rotation!
Carole C.

Can you put some chick peas in solo or replacing 1 can of cannellini?

Lynn C.

Hi Carole -

We haven't tested this with chickpeas, but we think it would work.

The Milk Street Team

Teri K.

Oh definitely will be making this again the through the summer. Everyone loves it.

John G.

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