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Super White Bean Salad! 

April 10, 2015

    

  

This salad is just like Summer on a plate! I am in warmer climates at the moment but it has been raining today so I made a sunny salad to brighten up our plates. 

Haricot beans are a super bean in my opinion.  They are what British baked beans are made of, and when cooked are white and fluffy inside. What is great about these beans is that they do not lose their nutritional value once canned so you could buy the canned variety which has already been cooked, so all you need to do is wash well and drain. I still prefer to cook them from scratch but would happily use the canned variety if I was short on time.

These tasty beans are high in fibre and have been known to lower cholesterol. I cook them, let them cool and add them to salads. My mother makes an amazing beans and rice dish using these white fluffy beauties, I will write that recipe up soon. They are so filling and nutritious kids and adults alike will adore them!

This salad can be a great accompliment to fish, meat and chicken dishes. Or eaten just as it is with some fresh crusty dark Rye bread. Yummy!

Ingredients- (makes enough for 4)

– 2 cups Haricot beans (dried & organic)

– 1 red onion (finely diced)

– 3 medium tomatoes (diced)

– 1 medium cucumber (diced)

– 3 tablespoons Olive oil

– 2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar

– Sea salt & ground pepper to taste 

Method-

– Leave the 2 cups of beans in a saucepan full of cold water to soak over night. In the morning boil the beans in the same water until soft to taste. Drain and leave to cool.

– In a large salad bowl sprinkle the diced onions with sea salt and red wine vinegar. Mix well.

– Pour the cooled beans into the onion mix.

– Add the diced fresh tomatoes, diced cucumbers and chopped fresh dill. Mix well until all the ingredients have been incorporated.

– Finally add the Olive oil, some more vinegar and sea salt. Taste to make sure you get a good balance of flavours. 

– Other ingredients which can make this salad even tastier are – olives, chopped hard boiled eggs, a sprinkling of Sumac, even a drizzle of Tahini.

Enjoy! xxxxxx

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