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Tuscan White Bean Salad

Tuscan White Bean Salad

This traditional-style recipe uses several key ingredients of the healthy Mediterranean diet: beans, olive oil, and garlic. Inexpensive to make and bursting with flavor and great nutrition, and offering complete protein without animal products, Tuscan White Bean Salad makes a great bring-along to summer picnics, cook-outs, and parties.

Here’s how to make it:


4 – 5 cups warm cooked white beans
1 cup very thinly sliced red onions
1/2 cup Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette (see below)
6 cups mixed baby lettuce or salad greens of choice
2 cups warm cooked brown rice
1 cup Italian Salsa (see below)
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, rolled and cut in thin strips

1. In a bowl, toss the beans with red onions and 1/4 cup of the Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette. Divide the greens among 4 plates or bowls. Drizzle the other 1/4 cup vinaigrette over the greens.

2. Top each plate of greens with 1/2 cup brown rice. Spoon a quarter of the bean mixture over rice in each plate. Top each with Italian Salsa. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Serves 4.

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette


1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste

1. Puree onion and vinegar in a blender. Then, with blender on low speed, gradually add oil. salt and pepper.

Italian Salsa


1 cups chopped fresh or canned tomatoes
1 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, rolled and cut into thin strips
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste

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Adapted from The Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook, by Tanya Petrovna (Shambhala, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Tanya Petrovna. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.
Adapted from The Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook, by Tanya Petrovna (Shambhala, 2003).

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Thank you :)

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Thank you for sharing.

12:52AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Fabulous recipe. Thanks.

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Sounds yummy!

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Sounds good, thanks.

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Sounds good, thanks.

7:57PM PDT on Sep 24, 2010

My taste buds are stirring. I have looked at about 5 recipes and they all sound so good. Im going to try some of them and lay off the meat for awhile. I love the soups and stews as well.I have not looked at the recipe section before. My Loss. Thanks.

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