Wednesday, July 27, 2011

White Beans Salad

It is official. I don't like parsley. I have tried to like it many times. But today, I decided to call it off. I am alright using a little bit parsley here and there. But making a salad with parsley (with 1 - 2 cups of it) is not my cup of tea or should I say herb. This is the reason you will never ever see a post on Tabouleh on this blog.
This salad is adapted from the weight watcher's magazine. I chopped parsley and was about to add it to the salad. I tasted couple of leaves and knew I would be wasting the whole salad if I added it to the bowl. Dumped it to the trash can (yes, me frugal lady also has her moments with wasting money) and used cilantro instead.

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Northern Beans (dry) - 1 cup (soaked for 6 hours or overnight)
Cucumber - 1 medium peeled and diced
Plum tomato - 1 diced
Cilantro - chopped 1/2 - 3/4 cup
Green chillies - 2 sliced thin (optional you could use crushed black pepper instead)
Salt - to taste
Lime juice - from half a lime (about 2 TBSP)
Olive oil - 2 TBSP

Rinse the beans and cook in a saucepan with enough water till tender. Don't use pressure cooker as it will make it mushy. Add some salt towards the end. Let it cool. Drain and set aside. Toss it with the remaining ingredients and serve. You could use two cans of white beans and make this a no-cook salad. Make sure you rinse the brine water well if you use the canned beans. I used northern beans because that is what I had on hand. White beans are smaller than the northern beans in size.

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  1. Wonderful recipe. Looks yummy and delicious.

  2. same here champa. I love parsley only in soups...the bean salad looks great though.

  3. Super it!!

  4. A light and delighful salad for summer.

  5. ha ha ha, i love parsley but cilantro is a big No No on my list.
    love this bean salad, a perfect summer dinner.

  6. a coclorful salad which is clean and healthy ....

  7. I have to yet cook with it, though I have had white bean salad @ my office cafeteria and loved the texture and taste of it :)

  8. I recently started eating these white beans and there are quite good. I am going and try this recipe. If I can get a good avacado in the grocery store, I will also add a piece to the beans. Should be very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  9. That sounds like a tasty and filling salad! I have a theory that some people are cilantro people and some people are parsley people. Rarely do people love both. I can have a little bit of parsley as a garnish or hide it in dressing, and that's fine. However, I love cilantro. Whenever I'm having people over for dinner, I always have to remember in which camp they fall, because people seem to have strong opinions about both of those herbs.


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