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Tuscan White Bean Salad

Posted By Elana Amsterdam On July 22, 2008 @ 12:41 pm In dinners,vegetarian | 23 Comments

tuscan white bean salad

It has been so hot here –Sunday was a scorching 104 degrees. Because of the toasty weather, I’ve been looking for quick, cool ways to get hits of protein.

Really, all I want to eat is fruit and lemon slushes these days. However, this white bean concoction has been a winner for the family during this hot spell. The boys have been scarfing it down plain and in quesadillas. My younger son absolutely loves it as does my husband; I like it too! My older son eats it somewhat grudgingly, though he does eat it; a good thing since he has become a bit picky of late.

The trick to this dish is pressure cooking the beans so that you can keep your kitchen cool. It takes less than 15 minutes to pressure cook white beans (if you pre-soak them), whereas it takes up to 2 hours to cook pre-soaked white beans on the regular stove top.

If you are looking for in-depth instructions and tips on how to prepare beans, Recipes from an Ecological Kitchen by Lorna Sass is one of my favorite cookbooks and my bean cooking bible. I highly recommend it. I knew Lorna back in the day (when I lived in NYC). She took yoga classes at the studio where I later became a teacher.

Tuscan White Bean Salad

  1. In a large bowl, combine beans and roasted tomatoes
  2. Drizzle with vinegars and oil
  3. Sprinkle with salt and rosemary
  4. Serve

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

(recipe by Gluten-Free Girl)

  1. Place tomatoes in an 7 x 11 inch baking dish
  2. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and thyme sprigs
  3. Roast at 350° for 30 minutes

Serves 4-6

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Thanks all and stay cool!


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