Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Mixed Bean Salad

The recipe I use for this tasty salad was originally for a low fat white bean crostini that I found on the internet years ago. It is delicious as crostini, but I prefer to eat it as a salad with some French bread or like tonight, we had it as a side dish with a Spanish omelette. I also mix it up a bit by using the tinned mixed beans instead of white (cannellini) beans. If you make this as a salad, you can be a bit chunkier with the red pepper and onion. If you choose to make it as crostini you will want to finely chop the veg.
BEWARE OF THE GARLIC!!! We love garlic and even I still find it can be too much at times. If your cloves are large I would recommend using one rather than two. You can always add more if you want a bit more flavor.

Italian Mixed Bean Salad
2 cans (15 oz or 440g) of mixed beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 large red bell pepper, chopped
1/3 c onion, chopped
1/3 c red wine vinegar
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, or 1 tbsp dried
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper

In large bowl combine beans, bell pepper, and onion. In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, parsley, oil, garlic, oregano, and black pepper. Pour over bean mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Serve with crusty French bread.

Makes 2 dinner servings or 4 side servings.

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