Easy Spring Salad
This SIMPLE Mediterranean-style salad is not only packed with flavor but is so easy to make. Even the dressing is SIMPLE with just lemon and olive oil. Another GREAT thing about this dish, is that it can be made ahead. The EASY Bean Salad gets better as it sits so that all the flavors can marry together. This EASY Italian White Bean Salad can be made ahead for lunch, served as a side dish, or hearty enough for the main meal.
Serves 4 – 6
2 – 15 oz cans White Beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed well
1 English Cucumber, diced
10 oz container Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 Small Purple Onion, thinly sliced
1 Bell Pepper, small dice
1 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
2 – 4 Green Onions, chopped
¼ cup Mint Leaves, chopped
1 Tablespoon Thyme, fresh
1 Tablespoon Oregano, fresh
1 Lemon, zested and juiced
4 – 6 Tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes Salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan Shavings Bulgarian Feta cheese
1. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
2. Toss to evenly distribute the dressing. To enhance the flavor of the salad, allow the dressing and herbs to sit for 30 minutes before serving.
3. Place a serving on a place and garnish with cheese. Serve as a side dish or main dish.