Week 26 recipe- Composed Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette


Total: 30 mins Servings: 8


2 cups green beans (about 8 ounces), trimmed

cup fresh basil, plus 2 tablespoons chopped for garnish

1 small shallot, quartered

cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

2 teaspoons honey or agave syrup

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

teaspoon salt

teaspoon ground pepper

1 15-ounce can chickpeas (see Tip), rinsed

1 15-ounce can dark red kidney beans, rinsed

1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed

1 15-ounce can cannellini or navy beans, rinsed

1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

cup very thinly sliced radishes


Step 1

Steam green beans in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Spread them out to cool.

Step 2

Meanwhile, combine 1/2 cup basil, shallot, oil, vinegar, honey (or agave), mustard, salt and pepper in a blender. Puree until smooth.

Step 3

Arrange the green beans and remaining ingredients on a platter. Serve with the dressing. Garnish with the chopped basil, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate green beans (Step 1) and dressing (Step 2) in separate containers for up to 1 day.

Try homemade beans instead of canned. Start with 1 pound of any type of dry beans and rinse well. Place in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of cold water. Let soak at least 8 hours or overnight. (If you're in a hurry, put the beans in a pot and cover with 2 inches of water; bring to boil, boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 1 hour.) Drain the beans, transfer to a large pot and cover with 3 inches cold water. Bring to a boil, skimming off any foam. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 30 minutes to 2 hours. (Cooking time varies depending on the type and age of the bean; start checking tenderness at 30 minutes.) Wait until the beans are almost tender to add salt; adding it too early can prevent beans from softening. (Use about 1 teaspoon salt per pound of beans.) Refrigerate beans in their cooking liquid for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. One pound dry beans makes 5 to 6 cups

Nutrition Facts Serving Size: about 1 cup

Per Serving: 246 calories; protein 10.3g; carbohydrates 36.5g; dietary fiber 11.5g; sugars 4.1g; fat 7.9g; saturated fat 1.1g; vitamin a iu 515.2IU; vitamin c 10mg; folate 90.2mcg; calcium 61.5mg; iron 2.3mg; magnesium 35.3mg; potassium 426.3mg; sodium 423mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 1g.

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1 1/2 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat