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Athens’ white bean and avocado salad is much more than the sum of its parts

Greek Bean Salad (Fasolia Piaz)

Appears in May-June 2019

45 minutes 15 minutes active

Greek Bean Salad (Fasolia Piaz)

This simple bean salad was inspired by one we tasted in Greece. We swapped the large, flat butter beans typically used by Greek cooks for easier-to-find cannellini, and we opted for the convenience of canned. But to compensate for canned beans' blandness, we heated them in the microwave, then tossed them while still hot with oil, vinegar and aromatics. As the beans cool, they absorb the seasonings, so they're flavorful throughout. The beans can be heated, dressed and refrigerated up to a day in advance; if you like, bring the beans to room temperature before tossing with the avocado, herbs and lemon, but even cold the salad is delicious.

6

Servings

Tip

Don't skip the step of heating the beans in the microwave and don't allow the beans to cool before adding the oil, vinegar and aromatics. Dressing them while hot ensures they are fully infused with flavor. To keep the flavors and colors fresh and bright, don't add the avocado and herbs until you're ready to serve.

45 minutes

15 minutes active

Ingredients

  • 4

    15½-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Directions

  1. 01
    In a large microwave-safe bowl, toss the beans with 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and microwave on high until hot, 3 to 3½ minutes, stirring once halfway through.

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