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Edamame Salad with White Beans and Bacon

Edamame Salad with White Beans and Bacon – This perfect summer salad is great for picnics. It can sit out for long periods of time and is super easy to make!

Edamame Salad

Edamame and White Beans… What?  

You don’t think an edamame salad or white bean salad could have that kind of appeal? Think again, buddy.

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!

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

Soybeans

Irresistible Summer Salad

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.

Whitebeans

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly?

I hate to even say this, but this bean dish can become vegan or vegetarian friendly. Vegan or 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!

Tangy Vinaigrette

Edamame Salad Ingredients 

  • Canned White Beans 
  • Shelled Edamame 
  • Thick-Cut Bacon – omit for a vegan
  • Small Red Onion 
  • Chopped Flat-Leaf Parsley
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Honey – use agave for a vegan version
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
Summer Salad Recipe

How To Make This Bean Salad

  1. First off, cook the bacon, in a medium to large skillet, over medium heat, until they are all crisp. Then put to the side. Also take out ¼ of the grease and put that to the side as well, for the dressing.
  2. While that is cooling, mix together the edamame, white beans, red onion, and parsley. Stir all together in a large bowl. 
  3. In a smaller bowl prepare the dressing by whisking together the wet ingredients, (including the reserved bacon grease) with the spices. 
  4. Pour that vinaigrette over the ingredients in the big bowl and mix well to make sure it is all coated. 
  5. When you are ready to serve the salad, toss in the crumbled bacon that you made first, but do not mix them in. Just let them garnish the top of the salad. 
White Bean Edamame and Bacon

Get The Full (Printable) Recipe Below For How To Make Edamame Salad with White Beans and Bacon.

Summer Side Dish

Frequently Asked Questions

What is edamame? Where can I find them? 

Edamame is a japanese term for soybeans. These can be easily found in the veggie section of the freezer aisle at your local grocery store. 

Can I make this bean salad the day before?

Absolutely, this dish is great to make ahead and served chilled. I would recommend not tossing in the bacon crumbles until you are ready to serve it the day after. If you did toss the bacon in the day before, they would not keep their crispness because they would soak up the vinaigrette that you made and mixed the salad in. When storing this dish in the fridge, make sure that it is in an airtight container and it can keep for three to four days. 

Can I substitute the parsley out? 

Some people do not enjoy the flavor of parsley. A good substitution would be to add in cilantro, a smaller amount of basil, or even a tiny bit of rosemary. I would not add in the same amount since those herbs can be overpowering. 

Edamame Side Dish

Summer Side Dishes:

White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This colorful White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon is a triple threat and oh so addictive.
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cans white beans any variety
  • 12 ounces 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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, mix the white beans, edamame, red onion, and parsley in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the reserved bacon grease, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and mix well.
  • Before serving, toss in the crispy bacon pieces.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 332kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 582mg, Potassium: 661mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 395IU, Vitamin C: 8.6mg, Calcium: 94mg, Iron: 3.7mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Asian
Author: Sommer Collier

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55 comments on “Edamame Salad with White Beans and Bacon”

  1. I used the recipe as a template for what I had on hand…used maybe half a bag of edamame with 2 cups white beans. I had a few pieces of cooked bacon in the fridge so I just chopped that up and made the dressing with olive oil instead of bacon drippings. Next time I’ll double the dressing as the beans soaked it up and I want it with more “sauce”. I used fresh basil instead of parsley and green onions instead of the red onion. We loved the result! Served it over a bed of greens and topped with cucumber and cheddar cheese…A yummy dinner!

  2. We do bean salads a lot in the summer! This has great flavor and love the protein, including the bacon!

  3. This is such an amazing salad! Packed full of amazing flavors!

  4. This salad is so very good! I love the edamame and how all of the other flavors come together!

  5. Oh my goodness! Looks so delicious and healthy! I can’t wait to give this a try! My husband will love this!

  6. This salad is everything!! I love that you added bacon, it’s delicious!

  7. Yumm!

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  9. Is this something you can make ahead and serve chilled?

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

  11. What is edamame & where do I find it?

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

      Happy Cooking!

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  13. 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!)

    Thanks!

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

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  17. Just wondering if anyone’s done the work yet to find the ~nutritional info (i.e. Calories/Carbs/Fat/Protein)? I’m trying to stick to my food diary! Thanks (:

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

  20. WHOA.
    you are so speaking my language!

  21. Delicious! Totally something our family would love!

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

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  24. 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!

  25. That looks wonderful, Sommer. Healthy and flavourful!

  26. the edamame is such a beautiful pop of color!

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

  28. 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!

  29. 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!!

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

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

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

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

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

  36. Oh my gosh your salad sounds amazing!!!

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

    Hugs <3

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

  39. 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!

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

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

  42. 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!

  43. Such a great recipe for the summer!

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

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

  46. 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!

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

  48. Bacon makes everything better, doesn’t it?

  49. 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….

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

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