"This is an easy, healthy salad that is a great side dish to BBQ chicken, beef or fish! It can also be easily adapted to a Tex-Mex style by changing the lemon to lime, parsley to cilantro and adding ground cumin and/or chili powder! Be sure to add the lemon zest (or lime zest) as this really adds a ZING to the salad!" — sourdough girl
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1 (15.5 ounce) can
garbanzo beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can
kidney beans, drained
lemon, zested and juiced
chopped red onion
chopped fresh parsley
capers, rinsed and drained
extra virgin olive oil
salt, or to taste
This is not a review... it's my recipe and it's supposed to say that the beans should be drained and RINSED. Also, I specified that any combination of beans would work, but contrasting colors make the best presentation! But, you know, I think it's a 5* recipe, so I'm going to give it 5*s just to get you guys started! Enjoy! p.s. to "likkel"... why would people who don't like cold bean salads even try this recipe? that's like saying vegetarians won't like a beefsteak recipe! And WHY would you feed it to your husband, knowing he doesn't like garbanzo beans??
I thought this was pretty good. My husband wouldn't eat it. I made him try it and he first picked out the garbanzos since he doesn't like them. People who don't like cold bean salads won't like it.
I used Lime instead of lemon; and red beans in stead of kidnet beans. I did half with fresh cilantro and half with fresh parsley and I liked the cilantro better (but I love cilantro); the parsley batch had a nice fresh flavor. I tried adding some (thawed) frozen corn and thougth that was good. I added some more chopped red onion since that gave it nice flavor and crunch and a bit more tomato was good.
This was so good Cathy! I used garbonzos and pintos in this recipe and added some chopped cucs and black olives. This is a very refreshing salad and went so nicely with our spicey pork tenderloin. Thanks so much!
Great recipe, but I used cherry tomatoes. I have made bean salads before and they taste great, but leftovers can be too watery if you use chopped/cut up tomatoes. With cherry tomatoes the leftovers taste great too.
I made this for a family get-together in July and got rave reviews on it. It was so refreshing after we'd spent the day out in the hot sun!
I added a can of butter beans and a clove or 2 of smashed garlic. (I whisked the garlic, lemon juice and olive oil together before pouring it over all the veggies and beans.)
This was simple and delicious! My tastes required a few changes, but the beauty of this recipe is that it's versatile and you can easily make swaps. I added some finely chopped cucumber, a splash or two of balsamic vinegar, and topped the served salad with feta cheese. We ate this along side some grilled chicken and I even sprinkled some of this on top of some salad greens--yum! The next day, I took the leftovers and added them to a prepared can of tomato soup and sprinkled in some additional garlic powder and dried basil and topped with a little feta. My kids gobbled it right up!
Thank you for this very easy to put together bean salad. I changed based on what I had on hand. I used white and black beans for the contrast and yellow cherry tomatoes cut in half and cilantro. I didn't have capers so I left that out. It seemed it was missing something and it may have been what the capers did for it so I added only a teaspoon of ACV and this is perfect. I will be buying capers next time.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Mediterranean Bean Salad
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 108
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