Today’s recipe is for a common style of salad around the Mediterranean – it is light and full of sunshine! Herby and lemony, it feels so healthy and is ideal for outside eating in Summer.
The Mediterranean style salad of quinoa and cannellini beans is quick to put together. Super simple once the beans and grains are cooked, it is ready in minutes and very delicious. It is an Ottolenghi recipe that does not have a mile-long list of ingredients or dozens of steps in the recipe. Tucked away in a corner of a page in his book Plenty More, it is a salad that should not be missed.
It is a very white salad, so it looks great served next to a salad with lots of tomato or pomegranate seeds. If you use red quinoa, it looks very elegant against the cannellini beans!
Similar dishes include White Bean Salad with Tahini, Grilled Eggplant Salad with White Beans, and Roasted Red Pepper Salad with White Beans.
You might like to see our other Quinoa recipes and Cannellini Bean recipes. All of our Salads are here. Browse all of our Ottolenghi recipes here, or explore our collection of easy Early Summer dishes.
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White beans make the best purees – smooth, thick and shiny. There is no excuse to not have some on hand, ready to serve with bread, as a dip, over steamed or roasted vegetables, with salads, or even with pasta.
This puree is a slooow cooked one. Place it on your lowest flame and simmer slowly for up to 3 hours to get the softest beans that have imbued the flavours of the harissa. Divine! Or, cook the beans in the slow cooker overnight, and finish on the stove until meltingly soft.
Similar recipes include White Bean, Sage and Roasted Garlic Spread, Roasted Cauliflower and White Bean Puree, and Easy White Bean Salad.
Or browse all of our White Bean recipes (Haricot Beans or Cannellini Beans), and all of our Purees. Our Dips are here. Or explore our Mid Spring dishes.
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Snacks in this house often include a spread or dip that can be lathered onto crusty bread with some salad greens and tomato slices, or just on its own. Most spreads can be thinned a little and used as a dip with crackers or vegetable sticks. They can even be served as a sauce to accompany falafel, lentil balls or other vegetarian fritters or patties. Try adding them to salad dressing too, for creaminess and flavour. They can even be thinned out to form a great basis for soup!
This recipe is a classic White Bean puree with sage and garlic – some garlic is roasted, and some cooked with the beans for layered garlic flavours. Deborah Madison includes a recipe in her book, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
Similar recipes include Broad Bean Puree with Chilli Oil, White Bean Puree with Harissa, Roasted Cauliflower and White Bean Puree, Broad Bean and Mint Puree, Chickpea, Almond and Sesame Spread, and Fava Bean Puree with Fresh Herbs.
Try other White Bean recipes: White Beans with Tahini, White Bean Soup, and Tuscan Beans with Sage and Lemon.
Or browse all of our Spreads, our Dips, and all of our White Bean recipes. And explore our Late Winter dishes. Continue reading “White Bean, Sage and Roasted Garlic Spread”
This lovely salad is a play on hummus – white beans are mixed with tahini, garlic, and lemon juice for a gorgeous salad. Chickpeas could be used also, for a salad even more closely aligned to hummus.
Once the beans are cooked, it is quite easy to make. While the beans are cooking the pinenuts and spices are toasted and some chilli oil mixed. Once the cooked beans are mixed with the other ingredients, they are allowed to sit for an hour for the flavours to meld and be absorbed by the warm beans.
Verjuice, originally from the Middle East, has been popularised in the West by Australia’s Maggie Beer. Thank you Maggie! Our Verjuice is a little sweeter and more complex than the tradition variety. If you would like to try the Middle Eastern verjuice, seek out ab-ghooreh or hosrum in your Middle Eastern grocery.
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Quinoa, Parsley and Lemon Salad with White Beans, Easy White Bean Salad, Roasted Red Pepper and White Bean Salad, and Grilled Eggplant Salad with White Beans.
Browse all of our White Bean recipes and all of our many amazing Salads. Or explore our Mid Winter recipes for more inspiration.
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Another addition to our Barley recipes is this dish with either Red Kidney Beans or Cannellini Beans. Hearty and filling, this is served piping hot as an accompaniment to your other dishes. It goes very well with vegetable dishes, for example, Stir Fried Vegetables with Red Chilli Paste.
It is definitely a Winter dish, with beautiful flavours of sage and onion and the heartiness of the beans and barley. There is nothing better than this simmering on the stove on a wet and cold Winter afternoon.
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Barley with Crispy Tofu, White Bean Soup, and Kidney Bean Sundal.
We have other Barley recipes that you might like to browse, and other Red Kidney Bean recipes. Or explore our easy Late-Winter recipes.
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Cauliflowers were so cheap and I bought a huge one, three times bigger than others. After making the Green Pea Soup (which has cauliflower in it), I estimated there were still 6 more dishes possible from this one cauliflower!
Today’s cauli dish is a beautiful puree of roasted cauliflower with cannellini beans. You can also use chickpeas.
Are you looking for other Cauliflower recipes? Try Aloo Gobi, A Plate of Cauliflower, and Cauliflower Slow Cooked with Lime and Spices.
What about some other Purees? Try White Bean Puree with Harissa, Fava Bean Puree with Dill and Olive Oil, Spiced Tomato Puree, Georgian Coriander and Walnut Spread and Home Made Tomato Paste.
White Beans feature in White Bean and Tahini Salad, White Bean Soup, and Glorious Five Bean Salad.
Or browse all of our Cauliflower dishes and all of our Purees. Or take some time to explore our Early Winter dishes.
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Another beautifully coloured salad for Autumn, beautiful reds of the roasted capsicums. Here we toss them with white beans, fresh mozzarella and a little shallot.
Don’t you just love roasted peppers? While you are roasting them for this salad, add another 1 or 2 or 12, so that you can used them throughout the week. I find it easiest to roast peppers and eggplants on my covered BBQ, but you can also do it over a gas flame on your stove, under a grill or in the oven.
Would you like to try other Red Pepper/ Capsicum Salads? Try Red Pepper and Tomato Salad with Crispy Flatbread, Chilli and Lime, Peperoni in Padella – Roasted Red Peppers Salad, and Sweet Red Pepper Salads. There is a Roast Pepper Relish too.
Or try other Capsicum Dishes – Green Peppers in Yoghurt, Pumpkin Soup with Red Peppers, and Stuffed Capsicums with Kidney Beans and Feta. Also see How to Dry Red Capsicums.
And please try our Quinoa, Parsley and Lemon Salad with White Beans, Green Tomato and Mozzarella Salad, and Tapenade Bread Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella.
Explore all of our Capsicum Salads and all of our Salads. You can browse other Capsicum recipes too. Or browse our Early Autumn dishes.
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Here I sit at the (usually) hottest part of the year, and as I write it is a cool day, and wet. So we find ourselves wanting Autumnal food. Having made a risotto yesterday, I am using the remainder of the stock to make a white bean soup – luckily I had the forethought to soak the beans overnight. You have to bless the Italians, right? Simple food with great flavours.
This soup is just gorgeous because the beans just seem to float in this gorgeous broth.
White beans are great – versatile for Summer in Salads, and in Winter for Soups, pasta sauces and more hearty dishes. Use cannellini or haricot beans when white beans are specified. Keep them in your pantry year-round.
Other White Bean recipes include: Grilled Eggplant Salad with Pine Nuts, White Beans and Pita Chips, Florentine Beans, and Tuscan Beans with Sage and Lemon.
All of our Cannellini Bean recipes are here, and our Haricot Bean recipes here. See all of our Italian recipes. Or browse our wonderful Soups. Our easy Mid Autumn recipes are all here.
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Bittman once put together 100 salad recipes in short 2 or 3 line descriptions. I love to turn to these suggestions in the warmer months for inspiration. They are great flavour combinations yet simple and easy to put together, and are great inspiration on hot days when your creativity flags.
Grilled eggplants are always a winner, and I grill them on my covered BBQ. A few red and green capsicums are added alongside, shining from being wiped with oil prior to being placed on the grill. Twenty minutes later the capsicums are charred and the eggplants are soft and collapsed. Perfect bases for salads and soups.
Would you like to try some other Eggplant dishes? Try some BBQ’d Marinated Eggplant, Roasted Eggplant Salad with Verjuice, and Steamed Eggplant with Sesame and Spring Onions.
Our White Bean dishes include Quinoa, Parsley and Lemon Salad with White Beans, White Bean and Tahini Salad, Easy White Bean Salad, and Glorious Five Bean Salad.
The Bittman salads we have beein inspired by are here. Or take some time to explore all of our Salads, and all of our Eggplant recipes. Try some Cannellini Bean Recipes. Or take some time and explore our Mid Summer dishes.
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In this up-and-down weather at the moment, one day 38C, the next down to 20C, Summer trying to heat up but seemingly running out of fuel. We need to vary our food according to weather – when H O T , we do very very cooling dishes, when it cools we look for a little more substance.
Just right for the cooler Summer days is a Five Bean Salad – the beans add substance but it is still a salad, full of the tang of lemon and olive oil, Summery full of parsley.
Are you after similar dishes? Try Pan Fried Broad Beans with Tomatoes and Thyme, Green Beans with Freekeh, Walnuts and Tahini, and Tawa Broad Beans.
Some more Salads for you – we have so many! Try a Simple but Delicious Chickpea Salad, Easy White Bean Salad, Sprouted White Pea Sundal and Fava Bean Puree with Dill.
You might like to explore our recipes for Chickpeas, Cannellini Beans, Kidney Beans, Green Beans and Broad Beans. All of our Salads are here and here. Or browse our easy Early Summer dishes.
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Secrets from an Italian Kitchen
I have been reading the book The Everlasting Meal . The thing about The Everlasting Meal is that it has me thinking a lot about my approach to the kitchen. It resonates a lot. Yet, Tamar discusses a very Mediterranean-Italian approach to food so there are differences. I have been discussing her book with my Italian friends, and discovering more and more secrets. Like this one — and it amazes me that this is not general knowledge in Australia, given that we have adopted so much of the Italian approach to food here. Italian in Australia is like Indian in the UK.
One of her pieces of advice is to use cooking water over and over again, cooking from the least starchy to the most starchy. It sounds sensible, doesn’t it, yet even in my childhood home which must have been one of the most frugal around, even in my Grandmother’s home where all the water came from the farm dam, we did not do this.
It is like a revelation.
Not only does it help with taste, it is also the wonderful salty water that is reused and reused. (Tamar is not afraid of salt, such a refreshing change!)
So following her advice, I cooked pasta in the cauliflower water.
Are you looking for Pasta recipes? First, check out our home made eggless pasta. Then try Pasta with Tomato and Salted Ricotta, Baked Tomato Pasta Sauce, Elegant Orzo Pasta, and Spaghetti with Chilli and Olive Oil.
Feel free to browse our Cauliflower recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Pasta recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.
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Tuscans are known as mangiafagioli, bean eaters. White beans are a way of life, and a traditional Tuscan meal often starts with a thick bean soup that has been cooked in a terracotta pot, flavoured with herbs and heavily anointed with olive oil. This one is cooked on the stove top for convenience, and is flavoured with sage, garlic and olive oil.
Eat these Tuscan beans with thick slices of real bread – one with a delicious crust and a chewy interior. If you like, spoon the beans over bread, slightly toasted. You will love it.
You might also like White Bean Puree with Harissa, and Tuscan Beans Baked with Lemon and Sage.
Browse our Cannellini Bean recipes, and our Italian recipes. Or simply explore our Late Spring dishes.
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This soup is SO delicious – and makes everyone so happy when they eat it. The name comes from the 13 vegetables in the soup, and that wonderful warm, happiness feeling, but really it is from Provence in France. There it is a summer soup, but the addition here of potatoes, pumpkin and sweet potato gives it that wonderful warmth for winter and early spring, and introduces truly wonderful textural combinations in every mouthful.
My parents believe firmly that vegetables are the path to health, and so a normal meal at their place may consist of many vegetables. The record number of veggies at this time is 12, yes TWELVE, at once on a plate. But with this recipe, I think that I claim the prize. Thirteen in one sitting. Not bad.
Browse all of our Soup recipes here and here. Or explore the French recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here and here.
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This salad is ready in minutes
The ability to arrive home from work and throw together a salad or two to go with the main meal – or as a meal in itself – is something that we strive for with our modern “on the go” lifestyles. Using either canned beans or precooked beans that you have kept in the freezer, this salad is ready in minutes. Grab some cherry tomatoes and rocket (arugula) from the corner shop as you walk home from the bus stop, and you are good to go.
PS It is flavoursome too.
Are you looking for other White Bean dishes? Try White Bean and Tahini Salad, White Bean Soup, and Glorious Five Bean Salad.
Try other Salads also. You might particularly like Carrot and Blueberry Salad, Grown up Potato Salad, and a Simple Celery Salad.
We have a wealth of salad recipes. You can browse them here. Have a look at our recipes for Cannellini Beans and explore all of the Bittman Salads. Or take some time to explore our Early Autumn dishes.
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An Italian baked beans dish full of goodness and taste.
I love beans. Give me Italian or Indian bean dishes and I am in heaven. Without much ado today, this is a baked dish full of goodness and taste. Italian in origin, it is something we have been cooking for years. Fagioli Stufati means Stewed or Baked Beans. Continue reading “Fagioli Stufati | Tuscan Beans Baked with Sage and Lemon”