Marinated Bean Salad
A marinated bean salad with giant white beans can be served as a delicious vegan appetizer or as a side dish with for example a raw vegetable salad.
When cooking with beans, and when using dried beans, it's important to try to find the freshest ones. They will cook better and faster. Find a store where they sell a lot of dried legumes, for example a Mediterranean or other ethnic food store.
This is a very simple dish, and you could even try mashing the beans for a white-bean dip as an alternative. It keeps for a week in the fridge. You can freeze any
leftovers in small containers.
Combined with grains, for example a slice
of freshly baked whole wheat bread, beans provide you with complete
protein as well.
Marinated Bean Salad Recipe
Here is What You Need
- 1 cup giant white beans, soaked and cooked (=1/2 cup dried beans) (see how to cook beans below).
- 4 cups water for boiling
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 spring onions, sliced
- 6 tbs. olive oil
- 2 tbs. white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 green pepper, finely chopped
- 1 red pepper, finely chopped
- 4 tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
- black pepper to taste
Here is What You Do
Start by preparing and cooking the beans:
- Soak the beans in plenty of fresh water overnight.
- Drain and put in a large pot with 4 cups of fresh water.
- Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer on low heat for 1-2 hours.
- Add a bay leaf for easier digestion.
- Check for readiness by taking one bean and cutting it in half, when there is no white spot in the middle they are ready.
Make the marinade:
- When the beans are done, heat 2 tbs. olive oil in a saucepan on medium-low
- Add the spring onions, green and red peppers and cook gently until
fragrant about 3 min.
- Take off the heat and add the rest of the oil,
salt, parsley, vinegar and black pepper to taste.
- Add the cooked beans to the hot marinade and let everything cool.
This dish gets
better and better after the flavors are allowed to blend, but you can of course
nibble away at once if you wish! Serve in a small bowl along with some
black and green olives for a super tasty, and healthy, appetizer.
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