I can almost hear you saying, “White beans in the summer, you’ve lost your mind!” I know white beans are not exactly what many would consider summer fare, but something I’m sure most of us, especially in the South, have a sitting in the freezer. Seeing a bag of white beans in my freezer delights my senses, not only are they one of my favorites, but was also my grandmother’s. It seemed there was always a bowl, the same bowl, of beans hanging out in the fridge.  Yes, she had a designated white bean bowl, I can still see the delicate blue stitch pattern wrapping its way around the bowl with the faded edges-the bowl got a lot of use!

Like gumbo, I’m sure everyone has their own recipe for white beans. How do you enjoy yours? With or without rice? Sausage or ham? Soup style or creamy style? However you make your white beans, they can be used in this salad, even canned beans (in a pinch). This salad is a perfect stuffing for fresh tomatoes, which is what my grandmother loved to do with fresh picked tomatoes from her garden.

Leftover White Bean Shrimp Salad: SAMSUNG CSC

Use leftover boiled or steamed shrimp for a quick summer salad:

Leftover White Bean Shrimp Salad
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Leftover White Bean Shrimp Salad


  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup leftover white beans
  • 3 TBSP purple onion, minced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 lb cold steamed or boiled shrimp, peeled
  • 4-6 tomatoes
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • salt to taste
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired
  • Lettuce Leaves


  1. For the dressing: In a small glass bowl, add the garlic, purple onion, white pepper, pinch of salt, and vinegar. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Core tomatoes. Cut thin slice off top and bottom, if tomatoes do not sit flat. Using a small spoon, hollow out inside of tomatoes saving all pulp. Chop pulp and slices. Put into a salad bowl. Set tomatoes face down in a storage container. Place in refrigerator.
  3. To the salad bowl, add the beans, shrimp, and celery. Stir in the dressing. Mix well.
  4. Put the salad into the refrigerator and let sit for two hours or overnight.
  5. Mix in any tomato juice from storage container to salad mixture.
  6. Stuff each tomato with salad mixture. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
  7. Enjoy over bed of lettuce.

SAMSUNG CSC That’s it! Enjoy!

Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: Does your white beans have ham or sausage? If not, add some or how about adding crumbled cooked bacon. Think about what ingredients you enjoy in a potato salad. How about adding chopped hard boiled eggs? Think about what ingredients you enjoy in a pasta salad. How about adding shredded carrots? Think about what seasonings you already have in your leftover white beans and highlight them? Like adding chopped green peppers. Any hot sauce or Cajun seasoning? If not, add some. How about using crawfish tails instead of shrimp? Not a stuffed tomato fan, how about stuffing an avocado? Still have some leftover steamed or boiled shrimp? Make Sweet-n-Spicy Shrimp Skillet Slaw

FOOD FUN: Like my grandmother’s white bean bowl, is there a bowl, dish, plate, or even a teacup that is solely used for a certain food item in your family? What is its’ history? Why was that piece of pottery or china chosen for such a dish? What makes it special? Is it passed down from generation to generation? Don’t think there is a special dish in your family, ask around. You may be surprised to learn that when Aunt Marie sees the yellow daisy casserole dish on the table she knows she is going to have banana pudding! I so wish I had my grandmother’s white bean bowl to hold my white beans, but am thankful for the memories it holds in my heart.

Leftover White Bean Shrimp Salad
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  • July 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Delicious anyway you have them. Love white beans. Great as a summer salad like the blog suggests. Lots of different ingredients and lots of family enjoyment. ❤️


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