Warm Bean and Herb Salad

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a satisfying salad taken from The Complete Vegetarian by Pam Smith O'Hara, who writes a food column for the Miami Herald in Fla.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saute pan combine the oil, garlic and herbs.
  2. Warm over very low heat for about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the beans and salt and pepper to taste; toss gently.
  4. Cook over low heat until the beans are warm and have absorbed the flavors of the olive oil, about 5 mins.
  5. Remove from the heat, add lemon juice and toss gently.
  6. Arrange beans on a platter and surround with olives.
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. Makes 4 servings.
Most Helpful

So full of flavor I just love the herbs. I saved the Basil for the end and tossed in just before serving. Giving it a fresh crisp taste. besides the 2 cloves of garlic I added 2 cloves roasted garlic. Added 1/2 cup diced red onions used a mixture of beans, lots of pepper and didn`t need the salt! Keeper!

Rita~ July 14, 2006

I think this salad could just be served room temperature and no need for warming in my opinion. I prefer the basil just thrown in fresh and not cooked, the flavor would be fresher and not lost. I did a mix of cannellini beans and red kidney beans and black eyes ...which made it more colorful. I also cut way back on the oil part. But it was delicious and quick enough to make for a lunch. Loved it and it was perfect with my potato salad. Great stuff, thanks for sharing your recipe Sharon. Made in memory of Sharon's DH

FrenchBunny November 13, 2010

I thought I had already reviewed this recipe, but I guess not! Anyhoo....super bean salad that we have enjoyed many times this summer. This time I used one can of white kidney beans and one can of red kidney beans. Our cans are 19 oz. so I adjusted everything loosely. I don't think you have to be all that accurate. The lemon at the end is very important though. I used 1 1/2 lemons this last time. I took it to a family dinner last night and everyone loved it, even some teenage kids! It's a keeper....thanks Sharon!

mabers August 07, 2006