Borlotti bean salad recipe
Borlotti beans, also known as cranberry beans in North America, are a type of legume that is popular in Mediterranean cooking. They have a creamy texture and a slightly sweet flavor that makes them perfect for salads. In this recipe, we will be using borlotti beans as the main ingredient and adding fresh herbs and vegetables to create a delicious and healthy summer salad.
- 1 pound dry borlotti beans
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Soak the Beans
Start by soaking the borlotti beans overnight. Rinse the beans and place them in a large bowl. Cover with water and let soak for at least 8 hours.
2. Cook the Beans
Drain the soaked beans and place them in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the beans by a few inches. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are tender. Add salt to the water during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Drain the beans and let them cool to room temperature.
3. Prepare the Vegetables
While the beans are cooking, prepare the vegetables. Dice the red onion, red bell pepper, and yellow bell pepper into bite-sized pieces. Chop the parsley and mint.
4. Prepare the Dressing
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
5. Assemble the Salad
In a large salad bowl, combine the cooked borlotti beans, diced vegetables, and chopped herbs. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
This borlotti bean salad is perfect as a side dish or a light and healthy main course. Enjoy it as a refreshing and flavorful way to add more vegetables to your diet.