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
- 2 cups cooked white beans
- 3 oven roasted tomatoes, see recipe below
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- In a large bowl, combine beans and roasted tomatoes
- Drizzle with vinegars and oil
- Sprinkle with salt and rosemary
Oven Roasted Tomatoes
- 3 ripe tomatoes, quartered
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 fresh sprigs of thyme
- ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- Place tomatoes in an 7 x 11 inch baking dish
- Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and thyme sprigs
- Roast at 350°F for 30 minutes
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Thanks all and stay cool!
Heather Jacobsen says
my kids and i love white bean-anything. can’t wait to try this for our next bbq.
Sookie -Thanks, how did you like it?
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We are big white bean salad fans, and this looks delicious! And those roasted tomatoes …. YUM!
This salad looks so light and refreshing. Exactly what I need in this heat!
Sookie's Kitchen says
Fantastic! Simple! Delicious!
I love white beans. Giving this recipe a try this weekend.
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Kevin -Thanks for another nice comment :-)
I like the sound of a white bean salad. It looks good.
Thank you! I made the Power Bars last night and I love them!
Thank you! When I travel I tend to pack fresh veggies and fruit as snacks. To get my protein fix, I make my power bars. They’re a delicious and nutritious little treat!
You may want to post your question in the forums as well to see if any one else has other suggestions.
Hope this helps,