White Bean Salad with Fried Garlic Toasts

White Bean Salad with Fried Garlic Toasts

Low-effort and no-cook are ideal characteristics of a late summer, weeknight meal. Grilling is great, but sometimes you need something even easier—not to mention fresher—to put on the table. This white bean salad has been one of my favorite 15-minute dinners this summer, eaten straight, tossed with a bit of arugula, or best of all, with slices of sourdough that have been fried in butter and garlic. It’s satisfying (beans and feta cheese!) but also delivers some produce (tomatoes, cucumber, parsley). Some might call this an appetizer, but for me it’s just right as a light meal. Happy August!

White Bean Salad with Fried Garlic Toasts
White Bean Salad with Fried Garlic Toasts

White Bean Salad with Fried Garlic Toasts

Published July 30, 2019 by
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Serves: 4   |    Active Time: 15 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1 14-ounce can navy beans
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 red onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste (optional)

  • For the toasts:
  • 4-5 slices bread of choice (such as sourdough)
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic

  • Directions:

    1. Strain and rinse navy beans. Place in a medium-sized bowl.
    2. Add diced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, feta, and parsley. Gently stir until ingredients are well distributed. Drizzle with olive oil.
    3. Add freshly cracked black pepper to taste, then season with salt to taste (Note: the feta will also add salt to this dish, so really taste it as you add salt. I find I only need to add a little bit. If your beans were already salty, you may not need salt at all).
    4. Bean salad can be made several hours ahead of time. Cover and place in fridge until ready to eat.
    5. When ready to serve, prepare the garlic toasts: mince garlic. Add garlic, along with 1/2 tablespoon of butter to a skillet and warm over medium heat. Swirl butter in pan to cover the bottom.
    6. When pan is hot, place several pieces of bread in skillet in a single layer. (My 10-inch skillet only fit 3-4 pieces at a time, depending on size. Work in batches.) Toast on the first side for 3-4 minutes. Then, use tongs to flip bread to second side. Add an additional 1/2 tablespoon of butter if pan gets dry. Toast for 3-4 minutes on second side, then remove from pan. Repeat until all slices are toasted.
    7. Serve: top each toast with bean salad and set on serving plates.

    White Bean Salad with Fried Garlic Toasts
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    Green Chile & Pepper Jack Cheese Quiche

    Green Chile & Cheese Quiche

    When you need a make ahead breakfast or lunch, quiche is the way to go. This one is the epitome of ease. The only thing you have to chop is green onions, and I certainly won’t tell if you use a store-bought pie crust (as long as you don’t tell anyone that I did that, too 😉).

    I am a big fan of green chiles—as a stew, stuffed, or otherwise. I almost always have a can of roasted green chiles in the pantry, but you could also use freshly roasted or even frozen (and thawed) green chiles. They taste very summery, though many recipes using them feel wintery (like stew). This quiche, on the other hand, doesn’t really care what season it is. Serve with a simple side salad to make a complete lunch.

    Green Chile & Cheese Quiche
    Green Chile & Cheese Quiche

    Green Chile & Pepper Jack Cheese Quiche

    Published June 19, 2019 by
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    Serves: 6-8   |    Active Time: 60 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 1 deep-dish pie crust 
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 4-oz can green chiles 
  • 2 green onions, white and dark green parts removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 dashes paprika, plus more for topping 

  • Directions:

    1. Bake pie crust according to directions.
    2. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs and cream in a large bowl until frothy. Add cheese and green chiles. Chop the green onion, and add to egg mixture. Add salt, pepper, and two dashes of paprika and stir to combine.
    3. Pour egg mixture into prepared pie crust. Sprinkle top of pie with a dash of paprika.
    4. Bake quiche at 400°F for 25-35 minutes, until center of quiche has puffed, and the filling is set. Note: if the edges of your crust are browning too quickly, you can cover them using thin strips of foil (leave the quiche filling uncovered).
    5. Allow quiche to cool 10 minutes before slicing.
    6. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

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    Roasted Corn Salad with Fresh Herbs

    Roasted Corn Salad with Fresh Herbs

    Real summer is still a ways off, but we’ve been eating like it’s already here. An over-sized watermelon eaten in wedges, grilling every evening for dinner, and lots of fresh greens and herbs. This roasted corn salad includes a lot of quintessential summer ingredients. I wanted to publish it early in the season so you could take advantage of the first corn at the market. Grilling the corn and red bell pepper give a great toasted/caramelized flavor, while using a mix of herbs—basil, cilantro and parsley—add freshness to every bite. I used queso fresco, but if you’re unable to find that at your local grocery store, try feta or goat cheese crumbles.

    Roasted Corn Salad with Fresh Herbs
    Roasted Corn Salad with Fresh Herbs

    Roasted Corn Salad with Fresh Herbs

    Published June 4, 2019 by
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    Serves: 4-5   |    Active Time: 30 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 4 corn cobs
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco, crumbled
  • 1/4 heaping cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 heaping cup parsley leaves
  • 1/4 heaping cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 of a red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
    2. Remove husks and silk from corn. Cut bell pepper in half and remove stem and seeds.
    3. Place corn and pepper on grill. Cook for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until outside is brown in spots. Remove from heat.
    4. Allow pepper and corn to cool enough to handle (you can speed up the cooling process by placing them in a bowl with cool water).
    5. Dice roasted pepper, and place in serving bowl. Cut corn kernels from cobs, and place in bowl.
    6. Add queso fresco, herbs, red onion, olive oil, and vinegar to bowl, and toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Serve.

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