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White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon

What makes a great Summer Side Dish?  Easy to prepare. Very little cook time. Can sit out for long periods without spoiling. This colorful White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon is a triple threat and oh so addictive.

Easy White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon


You don’t think an edamame salad or white bean salad could have that kind of appeal?

Think again, buddy.

The moment I added crispy bacon and a smoky red wine vinaigrette, I was playing with powers beyond understanding.

White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon

This protein-packed White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon is truly irresistible. Firm, crisp, crunchy, tangy, salty, smoky, rich with bacon fat. I’ve never wanted white bean salad so badly.

Plus, other than the bacon, it’s extremely healthy and gluten free.

Making White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon

I hate to even say this, but vegan/vegetarian friends, the smoky paprika dressing is so flavorful, this edamame salad is completely delightful without the bacon.

…But go ahead and put the bacon in there. You won’t be sorry.

White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon is at the very top of my summer side dish list. Make sure to add it to your 4th of July Menu!

White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon Side Dish

White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 - 15 ounce cans white beans (any variety)
  • 1 - 12 ounce package shelled edamame, thawed
  • 12 ounces thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon until crisp. Then remove with a slotted spoon and reserve 1/4 cup of the grease.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the white beans, edamame, red onion, and parsley in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the reserved bacon grease, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  4. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and mix well.
  5. Before serving, toss in the crispy bacon pieces.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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Pasta with Peas and Smoked Almonds

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47 Responses to “White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon”

  1. Aggieposted June 25, 2012 at 4:50 am

    This definitely is a triple threat, yum! Need to start using edamame in dishes again, been a while!


  2. Belinda @zomppaposted June 25, 2012 at 5:33 am

    The crispy bacon takes it over the edge! What a great, filling, not to mention great-looking dish! Picnic anyone?


  3. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted June 25, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Ok… so, not to digress… but I wish I ate meat so that I could put bacon on everything. Like, this salad. I love edamame salad and I know some bacon in there would just be marvelous. But, I don’t eat meat. Sigh….


  4. shelly (cookies and cups)posted June 25, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Bacon makes everything better, doesn’t it?


  5. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted June 25, 2012 at 7:47 am

    This looks like a great way to use Edamame! Yum!


  6. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted June 25, 2012 at 8:46 am

    i’m so glad you said it was good without the bacon…i have everything BUT that and totally want to make this, like, immediately!


  7. Jersey Girl Cooksposted June 25, 2012 at 8:52 am

    This is a great summer salad. I love salads without mayonaisse that don’t have to be refrigerated.


  8. Paula- bell'alimentoposted June 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Sommer let me count the ways I love edamame.. .and then you throw in bacon.. Where’s my fork?


  9. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted June 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Such a great recipe for the summer!


  10. bake your dayposted June 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

    This is a great summer side dish. I love edamame but have never thought of adding it to a salad with other beans. Great idea!


  11. Rileyposted June 25, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Cannellini beans are the best! I’ll definitely be making this!


  12. Heather @girlichefposted June 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I can almost taste this just from your words and the photos. Want some!


  13. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted June 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    MMM…the texture of edamame and white beans sound so pleasing to me…add bacon to my legumes and I’m golden! Looks delicious and I hope you had a fun weekend!


  14. Annaposted June 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I can see this dish being the new favorite in our house this Summer! Love everything about it!


  15. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted June 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    That salad looks great, Sommer! A wonderful combination of flavors :)

    Hugs <3


  16. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted June 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Oh my gosh your salad sounds amazing!!!


  17. DessertForTwoposted June 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    This is EXACTLY the type of side dish I’ve been looking for! It has all our favorite foods, plus bacon! Yum :)


  18. marlaposted June 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    This is fabulous!! Love all those bite sized bits :)


  19. Susan in the Booniesposted June 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Sounds very good! I’ll be printing this one out.


  20. Nutmeg Nannyposted June 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I love edamame! Plus because it’s paired with bacon it’s even better! What’s not better when paired with bacon?


  21. Cristinaposted June 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I’ll keep mine light and skip the bacon grease — add a spoonful of olive oil instead.


  22. Jennyposted June 26, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Thanks for the White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon and Smoky Red Wine Vinaigrette recipe.
    I’ll create one for sure, my dad are gonna like it :)
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  23. Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}posted June 26, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Yum! I love all of these ingredients. I especially love that you combined them all – this has the potential to appeal to our entire family. Thanks for the great idea!!


  24. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted June 26, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I can see why this is so addictive! I don’t think it would make it to the dinner table without me eating half of it first. Great combination of flavors!


  25. soniaposted June 26, 2012 at 6:26 am

    oh this is looking so GOOD ! wud love to have it anytime !


  26. Jen @ Savory Simpleposted June 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I love this!


  27. lynn @ the actor's dietposted June 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    the edamame is such a beautiful pop of color!


  28. Carolynposted June 27, 2012 at 4:11 am

    That looks wonderful, Sommer. Healthy and flavourful!


  29. Rachel Cooksposted June 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

    This is calling my name. With my aversions to meat (bacon not included, of course) lately, I would eat this as a meal. Love it. Making it asap!


  30. Donalynposted June 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

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  31. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted June 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    This bean salad looks super scrumptious and healthy but with just the right amount of bacon!


  32. BusyWorkingMamaposted July 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Delicious! Totally something our family would love!


  33. Jessica @ How Sweetposted July 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    you are so speaking my language!


  34. Courtney @ Bake. Eat. Repeat.posted July 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Just found this via Pinterest. So making it this weekend for our cookout! What a great idea!


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  36. EmilieMposted February 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

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  38. Martinposted October 18, 2013 at 6:32 am

    This looks like a good lunchbox recipe, will try it out, thanks for posting!


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  40. Victoriaposted June 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Hi there, this looks amazing and I’d like to make it for a party at a friend’s house. I really dislike parsley – it ruins the taste of a dish to me. I thought about subbing in cilantro instead, but my friend has a similar aversion to that herb. Is there another herb you would recommend using in this dish? Or would it be ok to omit the herbs altogether? (I do love fresh herbs, though!)



    • Sommer — June 26th, 2014 @ 4:58 am

      Hi Victoria, What about a smaller amount of basil, or maybe a little bitty bit of rosemary. I wouldn’t add the same amount though, because both can be overpowering.


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  42. Nicholeposted May 13, 2015 at 12:04 am

    What is edamame & where do I find it?


    • Sommer — May 13th, 2015 @ 6:54 am

      Hi Nichole! Edamame = soy beans. You can find them in the veggie section in the freezer case at your grocery store. :)

      Happy Cooking!


  43. Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweetposted May 13, 2015 at 11:52 am

    This looks so delicious and filling! Perfect for a summer salad. :) 


  44. Julieposted July 20, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Is this something you can make ahead and serve chilled?


    • Sommer — July 21st, 2015 @ 10:44 pm

      Hi Julie, Absolutely! :)


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