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White Bean Antipasto

Sometimes chopping can be cathartic. Your mind gets to wander to all the countries and places that you want to visit and take your mind off of this crazy new normal we are going through. Where is going to be the first place you go when this is all over? We can’t wait to go back to Italy! 

While we aren’t going to Italy anytime soon, unfortunately, there is an easy way to get a little Italian flavor in your home tonight and all it takes is a few minutes of that satisfying chopping. Antipasto, traditionally a first course for a big Italian meal, normally consists of cured meats, cheese, and chopped veggies – making the perfect base for a Randall bean salad!

Not only is a white bean antipasto a great appetizer for Italian night with spaghetti and meatballs, but it’s a perfect healthy make-ahead lunch option for folks balancing working from home and taking care of the kids. Start to finish, even making your own savory salad dressing, this recipe only takes as long as you need to chop and mix the ingredients. 

Not in the mood or don’t have time for all that chopping? Luckily, the salad bar at the grocery store is still standing, but with a new look. Gone for now are the tubs of help yourself salad fixings, but many have replaced them with pre-packaged olives, cheeses, peppers, and oil cured veggies to grab and go. Talk about an easy dinner, and I think we can all benefit from one of those every now and then!

Enjoy this Italian-esque white bean Antipasto with Randall Beans with your family as a healthy side dish or starter. And feel free to mix it up with whatever veggie choices you like best. Ciao!


For the salad

  • 4 1/2 cups Randall Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup zucchini, cubed
  • 1 cup summer squash, cubed
  • 1 cup Genoa salami, cubed
  • 1 cup peppered salami, cubed 
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped 
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup green olives, sliced (reserve oil) 
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts, sliced 
  • 1 3/4 cup provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1/3 cup pepperoncini

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup can tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • Reserved olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sherry vinegar 
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar


  1. Mix ingredients in a big bowl.
  2. Add salad dressing and mix again until thoroughly combined.

Hungry for more? Randall Beans are delicious, healthy, and hearty, making them the perfect beans for your bean salad.