Friday, May 31, 2013

Black and White Bean Salad with Peas and Radishes

Black and White Bean Salad with Peas and Radishes recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenAbout a month ago, my sister called me and wanted help recreating a salad that she and her girls had absolutely loved at a restaurant earlier this year. Tart and tangy with a slight Asian twist, the crunch of the radishes, along with the tender beans and peas; the salad is a unique combination of flavors that are fantastically fresh tasting. She was so happy with the salad that we came up with, she texted twice later that week to say thanks for the recipe. (the recipe that I hadn't even tasted yet!)

Naturally, when my sister and I were hanging out together last weekend, this salad was on the menu. I normally don't enjoy cold bean salads, but this one totally works for me. This is a great potluck or picnic salad for summer. The salad is delicious cold or at room temperature.

Black and White Bean Salad with Peas and Radishes
(printable recipe)

12-14 ounces frozen peas
2 cans black beans, rinsed very well
2 cans white beans, rinsed very well
1 bunch of radishes, about 6-8 radishes, halved and sliced as thinly as possible
1/2 bunch of Italian or curly parsley, about 1/2 cup chopped
3 green onions or 12 chives, sliced very thin, about 1/4 cup
juice of 2 small lemons, I used almost 1/4 cup
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 -1 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, adjust to taste

Place the peas in a colander and rinse under cold running water until they have thawed. This should only take a few minutes. Transfer the peas to a large bowl. Place the beans in the colander and rinse very well. It's important to rinse the beans thoroughly to avoid any gritty or earthy taste when serving them cold. Add the rinsed beans to the bowl with the peas. Add the radishes, parsley and chives, stir to combine.

In a small jar, combine the lemon juice, vinegar and oils. Shake to combine. Drizzle about half of the dressing over the salad in the bowl and stir to coat. Add more, just as needed. Season generously with salt and pepper, tasting as you go. Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Black and White Bean Salad with Peas and Radishes recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. I'm not usually one for bean salads, but this does sound really good. Plus, I'm a huge radish fan and will use any excuse to use them in a salad!!

  2. I don't know if this is similar to the salad your sister had but it's certainly a winner in my book. I love the vibrant colors and Asian is always delicious to me. I'm actually posting an Asian inspired salad today also! Too bad we're not neighbors, we could trade a bowlful over the fence :)

  3. Love the colors in this salad. And I bet edamame beans would be good in it, too.

  4. What a fresh and beautiful salad. Can't wait to try this!

  5. It looks so fresh - I bet it is tasty. I wish m sister cooked!

  6. OK... you've got me thinking that perhaps I should give radishes another try. I haven't had them since I was a child when I decided that they were disgusting. But this looks really good...

  7. This looks simple and refreshing! A great idea for all the radishes I have popping up in the garden.

  8. This looks great - and I happen to have leftover peas AND black beans in the fridge right now. Guess I know what they will be doing tomorrow!

  9. What a lovely summer salad! And don't you love recreating restaurant favorites Radishes are a new favorite vegetable of mine. Thank you for sharing!