Simple side-dish.

by Tanya on August 24, 2010

Cannellini Bean Salad with Arugula.

I’m forever trying to come up with side dishes, searching all the cookbooks, food magazines and websites. Well, I have a standby ready at all times that is quick, healthy and so yummy. Oh, and versatile too!! It’s the Bean Salad. I make sure that I always have a variety of canned beans, olive oils and flavored vinegars in the pantry. Then all you need is a fresh herb and some salt and pepper and you’ve got your side dish!!

Bean options:
Cannellini
Garbanzo (Chick Peas)
Pinto
Kidney
Any small white or red beans
Black beans

As far as Olive Oil goes, I do buy good stuff for these salads, as it’s not being heated. Highly aromatic and flavorful. There are so many varieties and countries to choose from, just have fun with it. If you’re in St. Petersburg, FL, a good place to start is Kalamazoo Olive Company Downtown!

Vinegar:
I love the Nakano Brand rice vinegars. They have a great Balsamic blend and I’ve currently been using the Roasted Garlic as well.

Ok, to make this salad, grab a can or two of the beans (don’t be afraid to mix them if all you have is one garbanzo and one kidney bean can), rinse and strain them. Then chop up some tomatoes or not, then whatever herb you have on hand, cilantro and parsley are my favorites, but I’ve used Arugula (not technically an herb) and basil as well. I do love the peppery note the Arugula adds. You could use chives too! I then pour on my choice of vinegar and oil and some fresh ground pepper and sea salt, stir and viola! Side Dish!!

You can serve immediately or place in fridge until later. You may need to add a bit more vinegar just before serving.

As a shopper who supports buying locally, look for those independently owned specialty shops in your area.  If in the Tampa Bay area here are a few:

Rollin Oats Market & Cafe’
Kalamazoo Olive Company
V Spicery
Mazzaro’s Italian Market
Messineo’s Gourmet Market

Andare mangiare!

Please share the LOVE:-)!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Terry August 24, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Great recipe. Being an almost vegetarian, beans are such a good source of protein for me. Thanks.

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what does my name mean September 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm

hi wats your myspace page

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Tanya September 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm

No myspace page.

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