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Cold bean salads

The Librarian Jul 23, 2006 09:08 PM

I just got back from a trip to Phipps Ranch in Pescadero, CA where they grow many heritage varieties of beans, so I now have A LOT of dried beans. Any favorite recipes for cold bean salads? (It's hot here in Mill Valley!) I looked on Epicurious, etc. and am feeling overwhelmed, so I thought I'd check with you discriminating types. Thanks!

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    fara RE: The Librarian Jul 23, 2006 09:45 PM

    Use a combination of black and red and some zatar, salt, dash of cayenne, red wine vinegar, and olive oil.

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      cheryl_h RE: The Librarian Jul 24, 2006 01:56 AM

      We just had a white bean and tuna salad for dinner tonight. I used the Zuni recipe for preserved tuna, made a salad dressing of mayonnaise, dijon mustard, olive oil and vinegar and tossed the tuna with canellini and fresh lettuce in the dressing. It was a substantial salad with the beans and tuna, but not heavy.

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        morebubbles RE: The Librarian Jul 24, 2006 06:16 PM

        I like making bean salad like this:
        In a large salad bowl: 1 heaping tsp of Dijon mustard, add 1/3 cup of red wine vinegar, 2/3 cup olive oil, 1 crushed and minced garlic clove

        Mix and add to dressing about 2 cups cooked green beans, chopped into approx. 1" lengths, a can each of white beans and black beans, or your own cooked beans, half a red onion, thinly sliced, 1 red pepper, sliced, then finish with a handful of chopped parsley.

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          Ida Red RE: morebubbles Jul 26, 2006 03:22 PM

          I was going to recommend something like this, but add to the marinade finely chopped jalapeno, paprika, cumin... can't really remember exactly right now but the original recipe is from Dave Dewitt's chile pepper cookbook ( the one with the blue cover.)
          The beans are delicious soaked in this mixture and corn, red peppers and radishes are especially good additions. I always get rave reviews when I make this.

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          LisaAZ RE: The Librarian Jul 26, 2006 12:20 AM

          Did you get black eyed peas? I love those with chopped onion celery and red bell pepper tossed with greens and basil vinagrette.

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            Earl Grey RE: The Librarian Jul 26, 2006 02:48 PM

            Here's a runner bean salad:

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              jtdbean RE: The Librarian Jul 26, 2006 02:53 PM

              Recently I mixed cannellini beans, chopped seeded cuke, and chopped plum tomatoes with a dressing of lemon juice, white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and chopped fresh basil. Light and easy. Could be easily augmented with other veggies. Purple onion would probably good.

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