Beans, beans, the delicious fruit . . .

This week I made an easy and tasty salad that fed me at lunchtime for three days. Here it is:

Tuna & White Bean Salad

1 small can solid white tuna, drained
1 can (15 oz) Cannellini or Garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions (or red onion)
chopped parsley
Your favorite vinaigrette

Mix all ingredients together. Eat.

You can add other veggies, if you like, such as thinly sliced or diced red bell pepper. I serve my salad on some salad greens with sliced tomatoes. The small salad tomatoes from the grocery store (my local stores available variety are called “Campari”) are pretty good, as are the cherry tomatoes.

My vinaigrette is 2/3 olive oil, 1/3 red wine vinegar, a dollop of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. The mustard adds flavor and also emulsifies the dressing.

Speaking of beans, here is a repeat from last year.

We have frequently discussed the many kinds of beans and bean dishes that we (most of us) love. I ran across this video by a new-to-me YouTube channel called Pasta Grammar and, in this video, they demonstrate several delicious Italian bean dishes. Enjoy!

Be sure to contribute your favorite bean dishes.


Calabrian Cannellini beans

Pasta e Fagioli

Italian Cowboy Beans (Fagioli alla Trinita)

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6 Responses to Beans, beans, the delicious fruit . . .

  1. Stella says:

    More about the tuna and white bean salad: If you are Italian, you will want to use an olive-oil packed tuna, add some sliced fresh basil and maybe a squeeze of lemon juice.

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  2. Beans beans the delicious fruit…..(veggie really)
    Beans beans they make me toot…..LOL!

    My favorite tho is Navy Bean and Ham soup!

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  3. czarina33 says:

    Pinto beans with Spam (my mother’s Saturday dinner)

    Pick over and wash 1# pinto beans, bring to a boil in lots of water, turn off and let sit for a few hours. Drain, refill water to more than cover them, add a ham bone or smoked hock, simmer for at least two hours of until soft. Cut up a can of Spam into cubes, drop into the beans and water, cook till warmed. Serve with cornbread.

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    • Menagerie says:

      Pinto beans and bacon or ham bone along with cornbread have always been a staple at our house. Many, many times when my boys were growing up that was a meal a couple times a week. A great way to give your family a good meal for little money. Sometimes we had mashed potatoes too.

      This is one of my favorites, cowboy caviar. My husband does not like black eyed peas, so I usually just buy this at a deli or something. Buy wow, it is so tasty.

      And the other go to, served a lot with burgers and brats. Baked beans. I have a feeling you’d get a better recipe from New Englanders, so I’ll just say I like paprika and molasses in mine.


  4. czarina33 says:

    Cold Bean Salad

    Open four cans of assorted beans such as black, red kidney, pinto, white, garbanzo. Drain. Dump into a big bowl. Chop green or white onions and celery and add. Might want to throw in a cup of frozen or canned corn. Make a cider vinegar, sugar (or other sweetener) and olive oil dressing like usually poured on three bean salad. Dress, let sit for a while or overnight.

    Stays good for days in the refrigerator. Great in the summer. I get requests for this.

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