Monday, August 26, 2013

White Bean, Tomato and Basil Salad

White Bean, Tomato and Basil Salad
Recently, I had the good fortune to win a case of Truitt Brothers Beans from Michelle@Je Mange la Ville .  They arrived about the same time my husband started his South Beach diet.  Trying to find things that he will eat, and things that are included on his diet is challenging, to say the least. As I’ve shared before, he has an aversion to many veggies.  However, South Beach is all about the veggies and protein! No carbs! This is a huge undertaking for the cook! Especially a cook who like to bake. So, as I was searching the web for some ideas using beans, I remembered a salad my friend had made when she hosted her Bunco.  Her salad included chick peas and several cloves of garlic.  My husband isn’t a fan of chick peas or a lot of garlic, so I came up with a variation of her salad. I switched out the chick peas for white beans. Since I have so many herbs growing on my deck, picking a handful of basil was no problem. I used red and yellow grape tomatoes, also from my garden.  Summer is a wonderful time of the year…isn’t it!  The result was so appetizing! Even Bill liked it!  It was quite easy and very tasty!!   The best thing about this very flavorful salad was, that it was healthy and quite filling.  It also was allowed on South Beach (except for the honey, but I’m not telling).


Looking Good!


White Bean, Tomato and Basil Salad

1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups of mixed grape tomatoes, halved

a large handful of basil leaves, chopped (I used about 20 large leaves)
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing.  Then toss with the veggies. Chill for at least 20 minutes, allowing all the flavors to merge. I have made this salad several times and often add a diced cucumber to the mix. When my hubby is no longer on South Beach I think fresh corn would be a great addition.     





Truitt Brothers Beans…thank you, Michelle
Prepping the salad
Look at all that freshness from my garden!
Totally delicious!

19 comments:

  1. Healthy, filling, and flavorful. This does look like a winning salad to me! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog (for one of Ryan's necklaces) and I'd love for you to visit. I hope you are doing well, my friend!

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  2. LOVE this - I love could LIVE on this food - simple and delicious!
    Mary x

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  3. Looks so wonderful and healthy, Kathy! Perfect for my lunch!!!

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  4. Summer is the season of fruits and vegetables. I love this type of salad and I make a similar one for my husband and me!

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  5. My kind of salad, Kathy. Looks very tasty and satisfying.

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  6. If this tastes half as good as it looks you have a real winner on your hands. This looks delicious. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  7. Kathy, what a beautiful salad. I love all the colors. How nice to get the majority of the ingredients from your garden. You have a green thumb:)

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  8. This salad reminds me of something I would eat in Italy - so Mediterranean. Great recipe.

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  9. This salad reminds me of something I would eat in Italy - so Mediterranean. Great recipe.

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  10. Fantastic vegetables my friend, lovely salad :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  11. Now that's one nice looking salad, Kathy. I don't know much about the South Beach Diet but I am sending good luck pats your husband's way. If this is a sample of "diet" food, I'm in!

    Thanks for sharing, Kathy...

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  12. I love all the fresh flavor in this salad!

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  13. I vaguely heard about the south beach diet somewhere online, I think so at kalynskitchen if I am not mistaken. So no carbs at all? Ok, difficult one but you did a great job with your fresh veggie goodies. Very inviting!

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  14. This looks delicious. I've had a can of white beans in my pantry for months and haven't known what to do with them. Sounds perfect for a Labor day get together. I see you're going to IFBC next month, hope to meet you there!

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  15. That looks delicious and so fresh tasting! Seems like you are putting the beans to great use :)

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