Keep in mind once I was making a quarantine cooking “no-recipe recipe” e-book? Effectively, to be sincere–that received placed on the backburner for a bit. I began plugging away at it in late April, after which it was June, and priorities clearly shifted, as they need to’ve. Social Justice > Pantry staple lunches and cooking hacks! It’s positively nonetheless on my radar and I intend to have it completed simply in time for the comfy fall/winter season! (Sign up here for alerts when it comes out!)
Within the meantime although, I assumed it might be enjoyable to share a “no-recipe recipe” on the weblog every now and then–you understand, to present you a bit “appetizer” if you’ll. 😉 So at present, I’m sharing the EASIEST pantry staple recipe you possibly can even whip up in between Zoom calls. It additionally makes a wonderful facet dish–it doesn’t matter what time of the 12 months it’s! This salad is at all times a recent, wholesome, straightforward dish that tastes like summer season. It additionally transports effectively and is simple to scale as much as serve a number of individuals, so it’s an awesome factor to deliver to a socially distanced park picnic, end-of-summer yard BBQ, and many others!
I got here up with this mixture once I was making an attempt to brainstorm extra artistic methods to make use of canned beans, a pantry staple that doesn’t precisely have a popularity for being fascinating! You recognize I like a superb cooking problem–thus, this white bean salad was born!
This, like nearly the whole lot else I make, doesn’t have an actual recipe–which suggests you possibly can’t mess it up, and you may at all times improvise with what you’ve got readily available! (AKA the perfect form of “recipe” 😉) Right here’s the best way to make it in a flash!
White bean salad substances:
Mix the next right into a bowl, combine, and revel in!
A can of white beans (Cannellini).
You can too use chickpeas! Be sure to empty and rinse them effectively! I’d say 1 can serves about 2 individuals, or use 1 can per particular person for those who’re actually hungry/need leftovers!
Good olive oil
(Because you gained’t be cooking something, you need the great things right here! Good EVOO=for drizzling and dressings! My favourite olive oil is this one–my good friend owns an Italian imports firm and he imports it from Italy–you should purchase it from his Amazon store here in a bundle of two–the bottles are big! Makes a tremendous reward, too!)
Some diced onion or shallot.
Any coloration works! I significantly love purple onion although! Simply eyeball it primarily based on how a lot onion you want.
A clove of garlic, minced.
You may even use two for those who love garlic!
I like cherry tomatoes on the vine or Campari tomatoes particularly. They’re at all times the sweetest! Don’t purchase the massive tomatoes–these are sometimes mealy in texture and haven’t any taste! Eyeball it, use as many as you want!
Vinegar of your selection!
Crimson wine vinegar or white wine vinegar are normally my go-to’s for this. Balsamic is equally nice, however will simply provide you with a unique taste relying on what you’re going for!
As a lot or as little as you’ve got. I normally do about half of avocado for 1 can of beans. When you’re not consuming the entire thing in a single sitting, solely add avocado to what you intend to eat instantly. In any other case, it’ll flip brown.
A recent herb.
When you have it (however completely elective)–basil or parsley or dill can be nice. I solely had inexperienced onions/scallions once I made the batch within the picture above, and that was scrumptious!
Sea salt and cracked black pepper.
A beneficiant quantity, to style.
Non-compulsory: Make it a meal by tossing in some sliced rooster or good-quality tuna.
How else are you able to improvise with this salad?
That is additionally scrumptious with any leftover grilled veggies you may need from dinner the evening earlier than.
Don’t have white beans, however have a can of black beans? Use these as an alternative, and use lime juice as an alternative of vinegar (some grated lime zest is scrumptious too! You need to use lime along with white wine vinegar if you need extra of a punch, too!) and cilantro as your herb. Throw in a little bit of cumin when you’re at it! Even higher? Throw in some queso fresco!
For a Mediterranean twist: Use the above substances with chickpeas, purple wine vinegar, parsley/dill/oregano (all or any, dried or recent!), cucumbers and/or purple peppers, and crumbled feta!
Make it Caprese fashion: Have mozzarella? (Even in string cheese type works!) Cube that up, drizzle with balsamic glaze, and you’ve got a white bean Caprese salad!
Have leftovers? Eat it for breakfast! Serve it atop some scrumptious toasted crusty bread with an egg on high!