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White beans and arugula with tomato

White beans and arugula with sun-dried tomatoes is the easiest, fastest recipe you’ll ever make. Using canned beans is a time-saving shortcut. This tasty side dish is ready in five minutes, making it perfect for weeknight cooking.

This simple white bean side dish goes with almost anything. It’s also a tasty light lunch or vegan dinner. Peppery baby arugula provides a dose of leafy greens and plenty of nutrients.

Would you rather cook your own beans? Try this recipe for white beans in the Instant Pot.

White beans with arugula and sun dried tomatoes in white bowl.

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White beans and arugula with sun-dried tomatoes

Sautéed arugula and tomatoes are the perfect complement to creamy white beans. This simple recipe is so delicious and perfect for weeknight cooking.

White beans and arugula with sundried tomatoes and garlic in a bowl.

Cannellini beans

Some people refer to them as “white beans”. I call them by their proper name – cannellini beans. Because there can be some confusion.

Navy (pea) beans are white, so are Great Northern beans and even butter beans (baby lima beans). While they all vary slightly in size and texture, they can be used interchangeably.

Cannellini beans with arugula and tomatoes.

That being said, I really prefer cannellini beans for this dish.

If the only white beans you have on hand are great northern or navy beans, use them. This is all about being fast and easy, and that means convenient. Not another trip to the store.


This quick and simple dish uses only a handful of ingredients.

Ingredients for white bean salad.
  • Cannellini beans – canned or dried
  • Sun-dried tomatoes – use oil packed, not dry pack
  • Baby arugula – peppery greens that provide some bite
  • Garlic – because garlic is always a good idea
  • Salt, pepper & dried thyme – beans need lots of seasoning


This simple recipe is ready in roughly 5 minutes. First, sauté the arugula for a few minutes, just to wilt it down.

Then, add the garlic to the pot with the arugula and let it cook for about a minute before adding in the remaining ingredients.

Detailed instructions for white bean recipe.

Add the sun-dried tomatoes, salt, pepper and dried thyme. Give it a stir and let everything heat through. Pour into a large bowl and serve.

White bean, arugula and sun dried tomato salad

This easy side dish of white beans and arugula is similar to what some call “Tuscan beans”.

I use canned beans and dried herbs for convenience, but I’ve also cooked dried beans and used fresh herbs many times. It depends on how much time you have, or what you have on hand.

Beans with sun dried tomatoes and arugula in white bowl.

The other option you have is swapping out the herbs – try using rosemary or dill. Both are delicious.

More bean recipes

Whether you prefer to use dried beans or tinned beans, here are a few recipes that you might enjoy:

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White Beans with Arugula and Sun-Dried Tomato

Cheryl Bennett
White beans with arugula and sun-dried tomatoes is an easy side that is ready in five minutes, making it perfect for weeknight cooking.
4.45 from 29 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 224 kcal


  • 2 15 oz. cans cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained (reserve 1 – 2 tbsp. oil)
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme


  • Heat oil from sun-dried tomatoes in a medium sized pot, over medium heat.
  • Add baby arugula and move around with a spatula or wooden spoon until wilted (about 3 minutes).
  • Add garlic and let it cook for 30 – 60 seconds, just to soften.
  • Finally, add sun-dried tomatoes, white beans, salt, pepper and thyme.
  • Let it cook for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
  • Serve.


Serving: 3/4 cupCalories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 15gFat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 878mgFiber: 10gSugar: 1g
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Originally published 8/26/18. Most recent update 2/24/22.


  1. This recipe is EASY, healthy, vegan, and fast. I love how versatile it can be — you can change the greens you use, or the seasoning, or even the beans for a different dish every time. It’s good hot or cold, and is hearty enough to serve as the main entree. Another A+++ in my book!

    1. YAY!!!!! I love this one too. It’s ridiculously easy and tasty!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It makes a huge difference to me and to Google 😉

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