Cannellini Bean Salad

White Cannellini beans

Soak overnight and cook 3/4 cup cannellini beans.  After cooking, add a clove of minced garlic and let the beans stand for a day in the fridge in the remaining water (you want water to barely cover the beans, about the same amount of juice as would be in a can of cooked beans).

To prepare the salad, add to the beans and liquid, 1/4 cup each of the following, coarsely chopped:


  • 1 coarsely chopped medium tomato
  • 2 tablespoons golden linseed
  • a pinch of dried, red-hot chilli
  • a sprinkle coarsely ground salt (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • about 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups chopped arugula (it looks like 2 loosely packed cups, and after you chop it, it packs down to about a cup)
  • a squeeze of lemon

Let stand about 2 hours before serving.  Serve at room temperature.

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  1. Loathe those yellow peppers!! But otherwise beans and onions and red/green peppers, tom and some green is a great combination.

    I like a couple of other variations, either adding say garbanzos, so you have more than one pulse, or adding fresh beans, eg tiny broad beans. Think I got that last tip from a bean book, I’m sure it’s a French habit to mix the fresh and the dried, and it works really well.

    1. The arugula made this salad. Fresh picked from my friend’s garden! I think a sweet red pepper would have been better, I found the yellow a little ‘pale’ in flavor.

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