Meatless Monday: Cannellini Bean Salad



Sometimes, I think my kid is really weird. And I don’t mean the fact that he had an entire conversation with his chicken at dinner the other night (“Hi chicken. How you?  You have good day? You have fun?”) or that he thinks brushing his teeth is the sincerest form of torture. I mean things like me deciding to treat the child who only drinks water and milk to a strawberry smoothie one day last week, only to have him declare it “too sour” and ask for his water instead. Weird, right? Or, how about the entire week he recently spent asking me to eat beans. Like, for snacks and even for breakfast. WEIRD.

It turns out, we are a family of bean lovers. I never would have believed it, had you told me this in my formative years, when I was sure I hated beans. Now, I make them all the time, and no one here complains about it.

I’d been wanting to make a cannellini bean salad for a while, and finally put it on the menu recently. I originally had a different recipe in mind, but after having some random odds and ends leftover from other meals during the week, this recipe won out since I was able to use them all.

The original recipe calls for basil, which would be great, but I didn’t have any so I used a little fresh rosemary instead. My husband, who ended up being gone the evening we had this with dinner, emailed me the next day when he had the leftovers. He told me his lunch was great and the salad had a good balance of basil and oil. I replied, “There’s no basil in the salad.” And he said, “Are you sure? What’s the green stuff, then?” “Spinach.” See, it’s easy for me to stay humble about my cooking, even when my husband raves about it, because of his…erm…sophisticated palate.

Meatless Monday: Cannellini Bean Salad

15 thoughts on “Meatless Monday: Cannellini Bean Salad

  1. I LOVE that your son craves beans. LOVE. I’m sending all future children of mine to him for indoctrination.

    This looks like the perfect summer salad!

  2. i lived off bean salads in college, but i only wish i had this combination! it sounds so tasty–love the addition of the olives 🙂

  3. did you ever see that sketch on SNL where andy samberg played mark wahlberg? “hey chicken, how are you? say hi to your mother for me!”

  4. This salad sounds great! Definitely perfect for summer. I love beans, too! Your son has a good palate. Except for not liking strawberry smoothies. He’ll grow out of that. 🙂

  5. I will try this. I’ve been looking for more ideas for bean dishes. My just-turned three year old LOVES beans and my 13 month old eats them also. We are a family of bean lovers too! Thanks!

  6. My friend pinned this, so I pinned it and then I made it. It was yummy….my mom-in-law and 2 year old loved it and now it’s all gone 🙁 So I guess I will have to make it again. 🙂 Thanks for the neat recipe!

  7. I just made this salad and it’s everything I love food to be: fast, cheap and yummy! My family’s annual cabin “camping” trip is coming up and I’ll be bringing along a big batch of this so we don’t spend the whole time eating hotdogs and chips.

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