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Bean salad

Will Owen Aug 11, 2006 09:48 PM

Mentioned this on Not About Food, so I thought I'd give the recipe here. I always use canned beans for this - their consistency is perfect for the purpose.

4 15 oz. cans beans - cannelini, navy, pinto, or a mixture

1 small onion, chopped fine

1 minced or pressed clove of garlic

juice of one lemon

chopped herb of your choice - used fresh basil last night

"enough" good olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Rinse and drain the beans; shake in a colander to dry. Add the other ingredients. Pour and stir in the oil until the beans are glistening with it, but don't drown them. Adjust seasonings to taste - you might want more lemon juice, for instance, or you can use a nice vinegar instead.

This is SO flexible - changing the herb can change the salad a lot, but it's always good. This is the only thing I've done that a professional cook has asked the recipe for; some friends had a sandwich shop in Nashville, and this became their signature salad. I like to think that wasn't why they went out of business...!

  1. Funwithfood Aug 11, 2006 11:36 PM

    Thanks Will, I just purchased some cannelinis at TJs, this would put them to good use.

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      niki rothman Aug 12, 2006 01:29 AM

      Osteria del Forno, my fave (a bargain!) SF Italian restaurant features a white bean and tuna salad that is delicious. I think they use oil packed Italian tuna.

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        Will Owen Aug 12, 2006 02:41 AM

        Yes, I've put tuna in there too. In fact, I just now recalled that I got some fancy Italian tuna at Surfas a while back...YEE ha! We gonna eat tomorrow!

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          Candy Aug 12, 2006 04:58 PM

          That is on my list of things to make in the coming weeks. I had an awful time getting the beans the other day. One store that always had them didn't and the next store had them in the middle eastern section. Grocery stores sometimes make me nuts!

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          Anne H Aug 12, 2006 02:43 AM

          I just made a variation on this that had fresh corn, steamed and cut off the cob, in the mix, along with some diced sweet red pepper. Incredibly delicious.

          1. Funwithfood Aug 17, 2006 03:10 AM

            Thanks Will--did a version of your Bean Salad today with herbs from the garden--fantastic!!! (PHOTO Below)
            Cannelini & Herb Bean Salad
            http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e10...

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