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15 Bean Salad (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes (plus soaking time)
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 servings 1x


A variety of dried beans are cooked in your electric pressure cooker or slow cooker and then stirred together with a red wine vinaigrette dressing, red bell pepper, feta cheese and cilantro. This salad serves a crowd and is perfect for a potluck or picnic.



For soaking:

For cooking:

  • 6 cups water
  • Seasoning packet
  • Soaked beans

For dressing:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice

For the salad:

  • 1 diced red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Soak the beans: Dump the beans into a large bowl. Fill the bowl with water to cover the beans by at least a couple inches. Add in 1 Tbsp salt. Let the beans soak overnight for about 8-12 hours.
  2. Rinse and cook: Pour the beans into a colander and rinse the beans thoroughly with cold water. Add the beans to a slow cooker or an Instant Pot. Add in 6 cups of water and the seasoning packet that came with the beans. Slow cook the beans for about 8 hours on low, or until beans are soft. Or pressure cook the beans by hitting the manual/pressure cook button on your Instant Pot and setting the timer for 15 minutes (high pressure). Make sure the valve is on sealing. Once the time is up release the pressure by moving valve to venting.
  3. Make the dressing: Rinse the beans once again in the colander with cold water. Prepare the dressing by mixing together vinegar, olive oil, garlic, sugar and lime juice.
  4. Prepare the salad: Toss the drained beans, dressing, red pepper, cilantro and feta into a large serving bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. (I added in quite a bit of kosher salt).
  5. Refrigerate the salad until the beans are cool and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge.
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Slow Cooker/Pressure Cooker