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White Bean Salad with Lemon and Cumin


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  • 2 cups (14 ounces) dried Great Northern beans
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 8 large lettuce leaves



Step 1

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.


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