White Bean Salad With Lemon and Cumin

"This is an excellent bean salad. Nice as a first course for dinner or as lunch plate. Times do not include soak or stand time."
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  • Place beans in large bowl. Add enough cold water to cover by 2 inches. Let beans soak overnight.
  • Drain beans. Place in heavy large saucepan. Add bay leaves and enough cold water to cover by 2 inches; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 30 minutes. Add salt and continue to simmer until beans are tender but still hold shape, about 15 minutes longer.
  • Drain beans and place in large bowl; discard bay leaves. Add onion and parsley. Whisk oil, lemon juice, cumin, and cayenne in medium bowl. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Pour over bean salad; toss gently to combine. Do ahead Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
  • Arrange lettuce leaves on individual plates or on large platter. Spoon bean salad into lettuce and serve.

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  1. SloppyJoe
    I also used canned beans and found this recipe to be super easy to put together and so bright and flavorful! The leftovers were whizzed in the food processor with a little sour cream and made a delicious dip for veggies and whole wheat chips. Will definitely do this one again and again! Thanks for sharing!
  2. Everything Sweet
    This was very good, but I agree with using less oil. I also used canned great northern beans, cooked some bacon and cooked the onions in the bacon.
  3. Maito
    This was yummy. I followed other reviewers by halving the oil and sauteeing the onion. I also doubled the parsley. Nice combo of flavors.
  4. Miss Annie in Indy
    I really enjoyed this recipe. So easy using canned beans but I did cut in half the olive oil and the cayenne pepper. I love beans and will be making this again. Thank you for sharing.
  5. Mamas Kitchen Hope
    Great salad! Would be a great addition to a picnic lunch or potluck. Nice, light yet filling!


  1. Engrossed
    WOWZERS! This is like a flavor explosion in your mouth. Cumin is one of my least favorite spices and yet I truely LOVED it in this. I used a can of beans to make it easier and boiled them with the bay leaves for 15 minutes. I used the juice of 1 lemon and only 3 tbsp of oil. I used cilantro instead of parsley which I think was an excellent choice. I also only used 1/4 tsp of cayenne as I was afraid of burning my taste buds off. I served it over romaine lettuce. I will be making this often! Thanks for a keeper recipe Annacia! Made for Zaar Tag.



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