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Bean salad

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I love a good bean salad, a dish that admits of infinite variation. I’m making one this afternoon, and I thought it would be a good excuse to bring forward and consolidate the recipe from the old blog.

In a large bowl, stir together:

1 package of Trader Joe’s peeled edamame (cooked fresh soybeans)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup hulled barley, cooked in 2 c chicken stock until stock absorbed (about 1 hr)
1 cup TJ’s frozen roasted corn kernels (added directly, without cooking)
1 chopped red bell pepper
1 chopped yellow bell pepper
1 chopped sweet onion
1 chopped avocado
1 bunch cilantro, chopped (or parsley, for The Oldest)
12 oz bacon, chopped and sautéed until crisp
Good-sized handful of pitted Saracena olives (check for pits)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeños, chopped (but not seeded)
olive oil
juice of 2 lemons or 4 limes
several dashes of Worcestershire sauce
several dashes of Tabasco sauce

Other things that are good from time to time:

Artichoke hearts (and check this out)
Crumbled Gorgonzola
Cooked wheat (kamut, spelt, etc.) or rye berries instead of barley
Chopped jalapeño, fresh or pickled
Chopped smoked salmon (lox)
Nuts (pine nuts, chopped walnuts, pecans, peanuts–whatever)
White anchovies
Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half vertically
Sliced water chestnuts
Frozen or fresh sweet corn kernels (I don’t bother to cook them)
Crushed red pepper flakes
Chopped green chilis
Chopped scallions
Crumbled feta
Cottage cheese
Dried cranberries
Lemon zest
Orange zest
Juice of an orange
Shredded raw red cabbage

Toppings I’ve used:

Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
Drained yogurt
TJ’s Med style yogurt cheese
Chopped crisp bacon
Guacamole (if no avocados in salad)
Sour cream
Grated cheese
Branson pickle
TJ’s Tzatziki

I don’t always use the four beans specified above. I might substitute black-eyed peas (cooked from scratch) or baby lima beans (ditto).

Written by LeisureGuy

16 June 2006 at 3:24 pm

Posted in Recipes

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  1. I live nowhere near a Trader Joe’s and rarely shop at Safeway or The Giant Retailer That Shall Not Be Named. Do you think I can find products like the TJ items in this recipe at such stores?

    daniel partner

    20 November 2006 at 12:48 pm

  2. Frozen cooked soybeans (edamame) are not that unusual in the frozen foods section, and frozen corn kernels are ubiquitous. So I don’t see any difficulties in finding anything in the main recipe except for the pitted Saracena olives, and you can substitute pitted Kalamata olives, for example. So have at it. Worst case, just leave out the soybeans. As you can tell, this is not an ingredient-sensitive recipe.


    20 November 2006 at 1:48 pm

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