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Summer Easy Bean Salad

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A warm easy bean salad recipe with yellow pepper, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic and delicious fresh herbs. This makes a perfect easy, simple and delicious dinner or lunch alongside some char grilled crusty bread. insidetherustickitchen.com

A warm easy bean salad with yellow pepper, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic and delicious fresh herbs. This makes a perfect Summer dinner or lunch alongside some char grilled crusty bread.

Make this easy bean salad from scratch in less than 20 minutes and with minimal effort. It’s packed full of delicious summer flavours with lemon zest, parsley, basil, and oregano. This would be great with your summer barbecues or as a meal on its own for lunch or dinner.

Warm easy bean salad with eggplant, tomato, garlic and fresh herbs. Insidetherustickitchen.com

Cannellini beans have got to be my favourite bean…that sounds so weird to say I have a favourite bean but I do. They are SO delicious in salads, crushed with garlic on crostini or even mashed with garlic and herbs as a substitute to mashed potatoes (these are especially good with steak)  and I eat them so often throughout the Summer time.

This easy bean salad is a traditional Italian dish that I’ve adapted slightly with extra herbs, red onion, and garlic which I think just adds an extra punch of flavour.


Warm easy bean salad with eggplant, tomato, garlic and fresh herbs. Insidetherustickitchen.com

How to make easy bean salad from scratch

You need one eggplant/aubergine, red onion and one yellow pepper, finely chopped. Add them to a large pan with a tablespoon of olive oil and stir occasionally for 5-10 minutes until it starts to cook down.

Meanwhile finely chop garlic and tomatoes (seeds removed), add them to the pan with some oregano. Continue to cook the mixture for another 5 minutes before adding the canned cannellini beans. Remove the pan from the heat and add finely chopped parsley, basil, lemon zest and a little salt and pepper.

It’s easy as that. You can change it up with different vegetables such as zucchini, red pepper, cucumber, olives there are so many variations to this salad the list is endless.

You might also like my cannellini bean and tuna salad it’s another super simple salad, perfect for Summer.

Warm easy bean salad with eggplant, tomato, garlic and fresh herbs. Insidetherustickitchen.com

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A warm easy bean salad recipe with yellow pepper, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic and delicious fresh herbs. This makes a perfect easy, simple and delicoius dinner or lunch alongside some char grilled crusty bread. insidetherustickitchen.com
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Summer Easy Bean Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
A warm easy bean salad with yellow pepper, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic and delicious fresh herbs. This makes a perfect Summer dinner or lunch alongside some char grilled crusty bread.
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 231 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 1.6 lb (760g) canned cannellini beans , drained*
  • 1 eggplant/aubergine
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch basil , finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch parsley , finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Remove the seeds and white from the pepper and finely chop that and the onion and eggplant. Add to a large frying pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil and cook down, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, remove the seeds from the tomatoes and finely chop. Add to the pan with the finely chopped garlic and oregano, stir. Fry for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cannellini beans and remove from the heat. Add the lemon zest, parsley, basil and a good pinch of salt and pepper, Stir to combine. Serve with some char-grilled crusty bread.

To make char-grilled bread (optional)
  1. Cut slices of ciabatta bread and drizzle with a little olive oil. Place on a hot griddle pan until toasted and slightly charred on each side, sprinkle with salt.

    Tip: This is especially good with goats cheese spread on top with this salad.

Recipe Notes

Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate. * weight of cannellini beans is BEFORE being drained

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
    June 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Cannellini beans are really delicious, and great for salads. Your recipe is a lovely combination of lovely ingredients, and perfect for a summer meal.

  • Reply
    Michelle | The Last Food Blog
    June 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    This is perfect for hot summer days! I don’t think it’s weird at all to have a favourite bean, cannellini beans are a definite favourite of mine 🙂

  • Reply
    Kate | Veggie Desserts
    June 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    IT’s really hot out today, so this bean salad sounds perfect!

  • Reply
    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    June 19, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I LOVE beans in salads! They are a fab way of bulking them out, adding some much needed protein (I eat a predominantly veggie diet), plus they taste GREAT! Not made one with cannellini beans so will give this a try 🙂

  • Reply
    Julie Carlyle
    June 19, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I love cannellini beans too, and I also love eggplant!! This salad would be perfect for me. Pity it’s Winter in Australia. I will bookmark this recipe.
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Julie

  • Reply
    Erin Clarkson
    June 18, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    This looks so amazing! It’s so hot here so I like to prepare dinner in the morning if possible so it’s all ready to go in the evening – this would be perfect for this!

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      June 18, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      That’s a great idea, it’s so hot here too I don’t know what to do with myself sometimes lol!

  • Reply
    jacquee | i sugar coat it
    June 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    This is indeed perfect for the warm summer months – easy, fuss-free and yummy!

  • Reply
    maria
    June 18, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    This looks like the perfect salad for the summer… healthy, colorful and refreshing. Thanks for sharing♥

  • Reply
    Natalie
    June 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Super easy and super delicious. This is perfect summer salad. I love the addition of oregano and basil. Can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply
    Jovita @ Yummy Addiction
    June 18, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Love all the colors. YUM!

  • Reply
    valentina
    June 18, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I love cannellini beans! This is such a pretty, colorful salad. It’s making me hungry! 🙂

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