Bringing lunch to work is an economical and healthy alternative to buying take-out. However, it can be a challenge to think of new and exciting foods to bring to the office. Bean salads are easy to prepare and very versatile. Here is a collection of bean salad recipes that are tasty enough to keep you interested in brown bagging it and hearty enough to carry you through a busy workday.

Greens, White Beans and Brown Rice

This is bean salad with a healthy dose of green. The brown rice and collard greens are filling and have just enough Cajun spice to give it a little heat.

White Bean Salad with Grilled Zucchini and Four Herbs

Take advantage of the bumper crop of zucchini you can find on your local farm stands (or your back garden) by making this refreshing bean salad. A variety of fresh herbs and lemon juice gives the dish a wonderful aroma. Allowing the salad to sit overnight gives it a more pronounced flavor.

Pinto Bean Salad with Spiced Molasses Dressing

Packed with lots of flavor, this bean salad has a sweet and spicy dressing that plays nicely against the crunch of green peppers. Be cautious if you are  using the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce; it’s tasty but quite hot.

Don’t settle for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or fast food. A little planning, a little chopping and some beans can make a lovely lunch picnic even if it has to be at your desk.

This recipe featuring Randall Beans Great Northern White Beans is a perfect summer side dish.