If you’re looking for a fresh summer salad idea, then this cannellini bean salad recipe with fennel, apple, and roasted mushrooms may just be your next white bean salad go-to!

White bean salads are fabulous as they give you a bit of that carb content for extra energy, but the fennel, apple, and roasted mushrooms in this version give you all the freshness you need for something light and wonderful.

This recipe serves 4.

Cannellini Bean Salad Ingredients

To prepare the cannellini beans:

  • 1 x 400g tin cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bulb fennel, sliced very thinly
  • 1 large stalk of celery, sliced

To prepare the mushrooms:

  • 400g medium portabello mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

To assemble the salad:

  • 150g mixed baby lettuce leaves
  • 2 green apples, sliced thinly
  • 50g walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • Fennel fronds, for serving

To serve:

How To Make Cannellini Bean Salad – Method

Preparing the cannellini beans for the salad:

  1. Place the cannellini beans, fennel, and celery in a small bowl.
  2. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sherry vinegar.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Toss to combine and set aside.

How to make the mushrooms:

  1. Preheat oven to 200˚C (with the fan on).
  2. Place mushrooms on a baking tray.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Roast for ± 7 minutes until the mushrooms are tender and juicy but retain some bite.
  5. Allow the mushrooms to rest.

How to assemble the cannellini bean salad:

  1. Once the mushrooms have rested, assemble the salad.
  2. Layer the baby leaves and apples on a serving platter.
  3. Spoon over the marinated bean mixture.
  4. Top with the roasted mushrooms.
  5. Sprinkle with walnuts and fennel fronds. Season lightly.
  6. Drizzle everything with a little extra sherry vinegar and olive oil, and serve!

cannellini bean salad recipe with fennel, apple, and roasted mushrooms

Cannellini Bean Salad Recipe Notes

This Cannellini Bean Salad recipe is courtesy of the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), a group of farmers who grow and love mushrooms.

They share their passion by promoting all varieties of mushrooms, creating unique recipes that showcase the many flavour profiles of mushrooms, and engaging in charity campaigns that make the world a better place.

Why mushrooms?

These powerful little foods are packed with nutrients and fibres, have very few calories, and are an excellent source of plant protein. If spiced right, they even make a great meat replacement!

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