Potato and Bean Salad with Zingy Herb Dressing


We are enjoying some glorious weather here in Scotland. It's wonderful! I don't remember such a good summer for years. I know it can't last, but I am enjoying it while I can.

The hot weather changes the food we are eating. Less soups and comfort food, no more cottage pie, stews or bakes and more salads, pasta and smoothies

Our favourite new drink is a Mango Lassi with Cardamom and Cinnamon, we've had a few this week.
I made this substantial salad to tie in with this month's No Croutons Required, which Lisa is hosting this month over at Lisa's Kitchen. Lisa asked us for legume salads, so I just had a look in my fridge and cupboards for inspiration and came up with this salad.

Wholegrain rice, jersey royal potatoes, kidney beans, black eyed beans, ripe red salad tomatoes and roasted red pepper dressed in a coriander and lemon dressing.

It's colourful, filling and fresh. Frugal too, as I used what I had to hand, some very ripe tomatoes and the last pepper in the jar.

I hope you enjoy it.

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Potato and Bean Salad with Zingy Herb Dressing
A substantial Summer salad that is easy to throw together and finished off with a fresh and zingy lemon and coriander dressing.
  • 250g cooked wholegrain rice
  • 300g cooked jersey royal potatoes, sliced
  • 400g tin black eyed beans
  • 400g tin kidney beans
  • 2 large ripe salad tomatoes
  • 1 large roasted red pepper
  • 25g fresh coriander
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or cold pressed rapeseed oil
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • a good grinding of black pepper
1. In a large bowl add the rice, potatoes and rinsed beans.2. Chop the tomatoes and pepper and add to the bowl. Give it all a good mix.3. Whizz up the coriander, oil and lemon juice and add to the salad. Season with black pepper and mix well.4. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: Serves 4-6

Here are a few of the salads that have caught my eye recently:

Carrot and Chickpea Salad ‘Moroccan Style’

Wholegrain Couscous, Red Sweet Pepper and Celery Salad

 Salad Pride

Tomato, Cucumber, and Radish Salad with Yogurt and Tahini Dressing
 Kalyn's Kitchen

Quinoa Bowl with Citrus, Avocado and Edamame
Food to Glow

Dinner-Sized Salad
Andrea's Easy Vegan Cooking

I am submitting my salad to Four Seasons Food.

Four Seasons Food is hosted by Anneli over at Delicieux and Louisa from Chez Foti.

The Season is Summer and the topic is Barbecues and Barbecue Side Dishes.

I think this salad would make a great barbecue side dish.

And last but not least, I am submitting my salad to Credit Crunch Munch.

Credit Crunch Munch (previously known as Frugal Food Friday) is all about saving some money, whilst still enjoying great food.

It is run by Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla over at Fab Food 4 All.  This month it is up and running over at Fish Fingers for Tea.


  1. Ooh, that looks delicious and perfect to have ready in the fridge when we get back late from the beach ravenous and late!
    Janie x

    1. You are right, it's a great salad to come home to.

  2. Looks delicious, and thanks for sharing my salad as well!

    1. Thanks, your salad is a humdinger as my mum would say. You have elevated the ordinary to something very special.

  3. Looks like a mighty fine salad to me, and would make a wonderful barbie side! Know what you mean about eating more salads in the summer, I always do too. Thank for entering it to the Four Seasons Food challenge. And I love your new blog header btw!

    1. Thanks Louisa, my header is new. Designed it when I came back from FBC.

  4. Oh really looks delicious.
    Thanks a Lot for Sharing with us.


  5. Nice salad round-up, Had. Totally loving the quick and easy in cooking options right now :-)

    1. Me too Janet. I don't know why, but I am tired all the time at the moment. Lunch and dinner have to be simple.

  6. This sounds like the perfect summer side dish!

  7. Replies
    1. It's hard to remember you are in the middle of winter when we have glorious sunshine.

  8. love the rice and potatoes in salad together which is a sign of it being cold here and I just want carbs not salad - but I am sure come summer I would love it because it is so full of good stuff

    1. It is rather carb heavy, but satisfying because of that.

  9. It is perfect salad weather, isn't it? :)

  10. the salad looks fresh and delicious...mouthwatering!

  11. Nice salad, simple and delicious. I like to add some honey and thousand island sauce for dressing. During hot weather, try to have salad for a light lunch, always feel refreshing. :)

    1. Oh now thousand island dressing would be good!

  12. I love cold beans in salad - they bulk it out and are delish. I'm very fond, at the moment, of giant couscous too!

  13. Lovely salad, Jac. I really like beans in salads for protein and satiety, and <3 your 'zingy' dressing to complement them. Because of my nutrition workshops I make A LOT of salads, even in winter (not lettucey ones though!). Thanks for including one of mine in the line up. I tried to comment when you posted this but I was on the Kindle and your set-up doesn't like Kindles! Sorry for the delay. Enjoy today's cooler temps. We have a light mist over here in Edinburgh!

    1. Thanks, Kellie, your salads are always amazing, so I am pleased you like mine.

      I will have to look into making by blog kindle-friendly. Thanks for the heads up on that one.

      We had thick haar coming in off the sea yesterday. Cooper and I were at the park and it gradually disappeared around us. It made my hair curl up and frizz like mad. Nasty stuff!

  14. Caught your blog through Pinterest! Just want to say thank you for helpful information in a clean, easy to read format. I appreciate bloggers who have a healthy respect for the reader's time! Looking forward to checking out more of your recipes!

    1. Thanks for the kind words and for taking the time to stop by. Much appreciated :)

  15. Found your blog through Pinterest. Just wanted to say thank you for presenting your information in a clean, easy to read format. I appreciate a blogger who respects the reader's time. Looking forward to checking our more of your recipes!


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