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Italian White Beans with Salami



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This Italian White Beans with Salami recipe is a delightful variation of a dish served at Little Mama’s, a renowned Italian restaurant in Charlotte, NC. Credit goes to them for this delicious, and easy-to-make appetizer.

Perfect for gatherings or a simple weeknight treat, this appetizer recipe combines the creaminess of cannellini beans with the vibrant flavors of fresh vegetables and salami. It’s an excellent choice for anyone looking to add a touch of Italy to their dining experience.

A green bowl filled with Italian White Beans with Salami garnished with fresh basil leaves.

Why Make This Italian Appetizer

  • Delicious and Nutritious: Combines the creaminess of cannellini beans with fresh vegetables, and flavorful salami.
  • Perfect for Entertaining: These Italian White Beans with Salami can be prepared in advance, making it ideal for gatherings.
  • Flavorful: Tastes even better after the flavors have had time to meld together.
  • Versatile Pairings: This Italian appetizer pairs wonderfully with fresh mozzarella or burrata, and a side of toasty Italian bread or baguette.
  • Inspired by a Renowned Restaurant: A slight variation of a dish from Little Mama’s, a popular Italian restaurant in Charlotte, NC.


  • Canned Cannellini Beans: Use dried instead, and cook until tender.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Roma tomatoes are a great substitute.
  • English Cucumber: Regular cucumber (peeled and seeded) or Persian cucumbers.
  • Salami: Pepperoni is a great alternative.

How to Make White Beans with Salami

This Italian bean dish is incredibly easy to prepare. It requires no cooking, just simply mix the ingredients in a bowl, and let the flavors meld together.

  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, except for the beans. Mix well.
  2. Gently fold in the cannellini beans.
  3. Taste for salt and adjust, if necessary.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to marry.
  5. Serve with fresh mozzarella, burrata and toasty bread.

How to Serve and Store

  • Cheese Pairing: Serve with fresh mozzarella or burrata for a creamy compliment.
  • Bread Accompaniment: Pair with toasty Italian bread or a crispy baguette to add a satisfying crunch.
  • Versatile Use: Works well as part of a larger antipasto platter, adding a hearty element to your selection of Italian starters.

Storage Tips

  • Refrigeration: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Room Temperature Rest: Let the beans sit out at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving for the best flavor.
  • Shelf Life: Properly stored, these Italian White Beans with Salami dish will keep well for up to three days.

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A green bowl filled with Italian White Beans with Salami garnished with fresh basil leaves.

Italian White Beans with Salami


Bring a taste of Italy to your table with this Italian White Beans with Salami recipe. It’s a flavorful appetizer, that’s sure to impress.


  • 2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced small
  • 3/4 English cucumber, diced small
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced small
  • 3/4 cup salami, diced small
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional



  • In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the beans. Mix well.
  • Gently fold in the cannellini beans.
  • Taste for salt and adjust if necessary.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to marry.
  • Serve with fresh burrata or mozzarella cheese and toast points.
  • ENJOY!

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  • Be sure to drain and rinse the beans.
  • Try to dice everything, uniformly in a tiny dice.
  • Use a good-quality olive oil
  • Taste for salt wants everything is mixed together.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour, prior to serving to allow the flavors to marry.
  • Serve with burrata or fresh mozzarella. Can also be served alone on toasty bread or toast points.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Refrigeration Time: 60 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Italian American

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