Pot of Beans for the New Year

A traditional pot of beans welcomes the New Year for many groups of people throughout the world! Here are two simply delicious, healthy and easy to prepare bean salads to celebrate the the 2015 New Year!!

Ayocote Bean SaladAyocote Bean Salad

A simply fabulous bean salad starring heirloom ayocote runner beans and simple

vegetables in a white balsamic vinaigrette! These beans are sensational!

1/2 lb ayocote runner beans, cooked and drained(Rancho Gordo)

1 pint organic grape tomatoes

1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

1 large orange or red bell pepper

1 large red onion, peeled and sliced

Salt to taste

Dash of Aleppo pepper flakes

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

In a large pot bring beans to a boil with bay leaves and aromatics such as garlic

and onion

Simmer for a couple of hours until beans are tender, drain and transfer to a large

mixing bowl

Add tomato, onion and bell pepper

Add salt and Aleppo

Add oil and vinegar, mix gently

Transfer to a serving bowl,serve at room temperature

Enjoy!

 

Middle Eastern Bean SaladMediterranean Bean Salad

A quick and easy pantry bean salad enhanced with middle eastern flavor and flair!

1 can organic fava beans, drained(Westbrae)

1 can organic garbanzo beans, drained(Westbrae)

1 pint organic grape tomatoes

1 seedless cucumber, cut up

1 cup celery, chopped

1 bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

1 medium red onion, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives

2 teaspoons za-atar seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients

Mix thoroughly

Transfer to a serving dish, enjoy!

Delicious as a side for lamb of poultry