Food from the Farm: White Bean Tomato Salad

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Once the tomatoes finally come in, tomato salad is my answer to quick summer meals. My favorite version includes white beans. The three best things about this dish are that it is delicious, takes five minutes to make, and is infinitely adaptable. In the version below, I use garlic in the dressing, but shallots are also excellent. If you are new to the kitchen and wanting to try experimenting with recipes, this is a good dish with which to work because it is so forgiving. With good, vine-ripened summer tomatoes, it would be hard to mess up -- but don't even bother making this with an imitation tomato. You need the real thing, ripe and delicious.

White Bean Tomato Salad

  • 1 can of Cannellini, Navy or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 beautiful tomatoes, diced
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 t. lemon juice
  • 2 t. white wine vinegar
  • 1 t. minced garlic or shallot
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Gently mix the beans and tomatoes together in a medium sized bowl. Stir together the next four ingredients in a small jar or bowl, then pour over tomatoes and beans. Mix gently and let sit for five minutes. Add salt and black pepper, then taste; if your beans do not have much salt you may find it needs more.

Serve with bread and a green salad for lunch or a light supper.

Optional ingredients:

  • Slivers of fresh basil leaves or a little chopped fresh parsley
  • A little grated Parmesan
  • A little feta cheese


By: | Aug 26, 2011 05:01 PM | Permalink
I was just looking for a good and healthy recipe for a cookout this weekend when this recipe popped up - thanks so much! It sounds very fresh and a good way to use up those CSA tomatoes.

By: | Aug 26, 2011 04:43 PM | Permalink
Cannellini beans and tomatoes are two of my most favorite foods which makes me wonder why I never thought of pairing the two. I will definitely be adding the minced garlic and Parmesano Reggiano. A fabulous summer meal especially when there's no electricity. And since we are in the path of Hurricane Irene, I expect I'll be making this very soon.


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