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.
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.
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.
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Summer Easy Bean Salad
- 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
- ½ tablespoon dried oregano
- zest of half a lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 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 tablespoon of olive oil and cook down, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
- When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use Cirio or Mutti brands for the best results and flavour.
- All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
- All recipes are tested and developed using a fan (convection) oven
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