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Old September 9, 2009   #1
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Default Italian White Bean Salad with Tomatoes

2 cans canellini (white kidney beans - Hanover brand is the best)
1/3 c. tasty olive oil
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 Tablespoon fresh basil, torn or sliced into smallish pieces
1/4 t. dry oregano or a few fresh leaves
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. freshly ground pepper
1/4 c. chopped bell pepper, optional
Two peeled, coarsely chopped tomatoes

Drain the beans.

In a food processor, mix olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper (but NOT the beans or peppers).

In a large bowl, combine beans, bell peppers, and oil-spice mixture.

Let it sit for 10 minutes or so and serve at room temperature with liberal amounts of tomato ladled on top.

  • It's quite good without the tomatoes, too. My husband, not a tomato aficionado, loves it, and of course that's how we both eat it in winter.
  • Makes a terrific vegetarian main dish for two. I usually make a carrot-and-raisin or carrot-and-blueberry salad to go with it.
  • Keeps well in the fridge. The oil will solidify; let it sit out for a few minutes to melt.

Last edited by cdbva; September 9, 2009 at 08:51 PM. Reason: left out the vinegar!
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Old September 12, 2010   #2
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I have a Greek friend who makes this with the huge (1" and larger) white beans. Yummy! I've also been known to add some diced up serranos or jalapenos.
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