Simple white bean salad

In my ideal world, there would be a magical little fairy that would supply our refrigerator with a handful of rotating salads.  But, the salad fairy seems to have not found our house quite yet, so I’ve resorted to making some simple salads that hold up well to a few days in the fridge.  Here is one of my recent favorites.  It’s great right after it’s made, but gets even better as it marinates.  It’ll last 3 or 4 days.

For the herbs, use a mix of whatever you have around that veer toward provincial flavors.  I used mostly parsley and thyme, with some rosemary and a wee bit of mint.  I really liked the addition of the mint, but I wouldn’t go too heavy on it.  If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can substitute with 1 T of dried herbs de provence.

For the beans, I used some cannellini beans that I cooked from the dried beans, but any canned white bean will do just fine.

White bean salad
Adapted from Quick and Easy White Bean Salad at Simply Recipes

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T white wine vinegar
  • 2 t Dijon mustard
  • juice of 1/4 lemon (or 1 t)
  • 1/2 t salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced (approx 3/4 c)
  • 3 c (or 2 cans) white beans
  • 2 T fresh herbs, minced (e.g., parsley, thyme, rosemary, mint)

Combine olive oil, vinegar, mustard, lemon and salt in a bowl.  Whisk until emulsified.  Add onions, beans and herbs.  Stir.  Let marinade for 20 minutes before eating.  Keeps 3-4 days.

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