Lucky White Bean Salad | If I were a food, I think I would be best friends with a Legume (or better known as a Bean). I just get along with the bean so well and we like all the same things! They’re the like the Starsky to my Hutch, the Screech Powers to my Zach Morris, the Jesse Pinkman to my Walter White, the Scully to my Mulder. Once we join forces, we speed down our culinary causeway and save the day! Alright, I’m done. I promise. Here’s the recipe.
- Navy White Beans - 2 (15 ounce) cans
- Olive Oil - 1⅓ tablespoon
- Pancetta - 2 slices, brunoise
- Balsamic Vinegar - 2 tablespoons
- Red Bell Pepper - ⅓ cup, brunoise
- Yellow Bell Pepper - ⅓ cup, brunoise
- Peppadew Peppers - 2, minced
- Castelvetrano Olives - 3 tablespoons, pitted, minced
- Lemon Juice - 1 tablespoon
- Dill - 3 tablespoons, minced
- Chives - 2 tablespoons, thinly sliced
- Sumac - ½ teaspoon
- Salt - ¾ teaspoon
- Let's do this! Start by pitting and cutting up your olives.
- Deseed and cut up your peppadews too.
- Do the same with the bell peppers.
- Then cut your pancetta into a small brunoise (or small cubes).
- Cut up your dill & chives last.
- Heat ⅓ tablespoon of the oil in the saute pan over medium-high.
- Toss in the pancetta and cook it until it's crispy - about 6 minutes (if too much fat pools in the pan, dump it out so it crisps up!).
- When it's done, pour the pancetta onto a paper towel to drain.
- Meanwhile, open up your cans of beans and pour them into the strainer.
- Give the beans a quick rinse, but be gentle and don't mash them up.
- Then add the beans to the mixing bowl.
- Add the pancetta.
- Stir in the balsamic, lemon juice and the rest of the oil.
- Then go ahead and add all the other ingredients. Stir it well and season to taste. That's it!
* Make sure and rinse the beans to remove any of that canned liquid goo.
* Feel free to mix it up and add garlic or other herbs...dill works really well here though.
* We don't recommend you make this too far in advance...you don't want to give the beans a chance to get mushy on you.