Honey Balsamic Bean Salad

I just love cold salads in the summer.  Here is Texas, it’s in the 100’s and way too hot to cook.  Salads are so easy to throw together and don’t cost a lot to make.  You can find many of my salad recipes in this post.  So I was looking for recipes on Pinterest when I came upon The Clever Carrot’s Bean Salad.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should.  Her recipes are great and her photos are stunning.  I LOVED this so much, that I wanted to share it with all of you.

clever carrot salad watermark 1

I am more of a baker than a cook, so I often look on Pinterest for things to make during the week.  This salad was so good, I wished I had made a double batch. I made a few alterations to use what I had on hand.

Honey Balsamic 3 Bean Salad

Honey Balsamic Bean Salad

Prep Time 20 min


  • 4 cups or 2 cans of chickpeas
  • 4 cups or 2 cans of black beans
  • 2 cups green beans halved
  • 1 cup red bell peppers chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onions thinly sliced
  • 2 T chives finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Drain and rinse beans if using cans. 
  2. Add all the ingredients in one large bowl. 
  3. Add the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. 
  4. Pour the dressing over the ingredients and mix well.


Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Clever Carrot

This makes about 4 servings. It should last about 4 days in the fridge. Enjoy!

Honey Roasted Almonds

These Honey Roasted Almonds should come with a warning label.  They are really addicting.  Who doesn’t like roasted nuts?  Add in some honey and salt and you have yourself a delicious combination!  These Honey Roasted Almonds are perfect for snacking!


These would probably make a great gift as well.  They have a sweet salty taste that reminds me of kettle corn.  I LOVE kettle corn!  Probably why I could not keep my hands off yummy roasted nuts.

They are perfect for that time of day that you need something sweet, but do not want to grab a candy bar.  They also take only minutes to make.  If you like these, then you will probably love my Candied Pecans as well.

If you want to keep these totally vegan, you can use maple syrup instead of honey.  That works great as well.

Read More