Last night, M & I went over to our friends’ new apartment for dinner – we got to tour their new pad and also meet their adorable new pug Duke. He is such a sweetie! He’s a rescue dog, so he was a little jumpy at first with new people around, but he warmed up to us real fast. ^_^ Ahhh, makes me want a little doggie!
They made these fantastic homemade calzones for us, to which I needed to pair a salad. I decided on a cold bean salad, since I have dried beans in the cupboard, and therefore it’s really budget-friendly. And though it’s a simple recipe, it was so yummy! A crowd pleaser for sure, and very hearty for a cold wintery day.
I found the recipe on one of my favorite food blogs – Simply Recipes – and modified it only a little.
You can certainly use canned beans for this recipe, but I had dried beans on hand, so I soaked them overnight.
1 cup dried garbanzo beans
1 cup dried red beans
1 cup dried white beans
1/2 yellow onion – finely chopped
2 stalks celery – finely chopped
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley – chopped
1 tbsp fresh rosemary – chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt – to taste
Pepper- to taste
Soak beans overnight and cook according to directions. In a large bowl combine the drained beans, chopped onion, chopped celery, chopped parsley, and rosemary. In a smaller bowl, mix the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour the mixed dressing over the bean mixture and gently fold in, until completely incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (Serves about 4-6 people)
And that’s it!
The longer the beans get to soak up the dressing, the better it will taste. Therefore – excellent for leftovers!
Granted, cooking the beans yourself adds quite a bit of time to the recipe, but it’s worth it, in my opinion. Especially when looking at the cost of canned beans to dried ones.