Friday, June 17, 2011

Bean Salad with Fresh Herbs

Bean salad is a simple, healthy dish that can be combined with any number of other things for a filling and cheap meal. Fresh summer herbs and some tasty garlic scapes compliment the simplicity of the beans. Serve over lettuce with chopped veggies for a filing salad or toss with quinoa or barley for a tasty side dish. Or top with some fresh grated parmesan cheese and serve with crusty bread.

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1.5 cups dried beans, soaked  - or 2-3 cans
(try a mix of kidney, pinto, adzuki, garbanzo, cowboy and black)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
2-3 fresh garlic scapes, washed and chopped (or 2 cloves of garlic)
1 tbsp fresh basil
1 tbsp fresh oregano
2 tbsp fresh parsley
1 tbsp fresh sage
1 tbsp fresh rosemary

Step by Step Instructions:
1. Soak beans overnight

2. Cook beans according to package directions, drain and cool

3. In a food processor, chop herbs and garlic (do not puree)

4. Mix chopped herbs with lemon juice and olive oil

5. Toss beans with herb dressing

6. Season with salt and pepper

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