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Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta

Loreto August 12, 2020

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Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta. There are some summer salads that are memorable and this salad is one of those. Its colors and textures are vibrant and exquisite. Furthermore, the flavors playing in this bowl will tantalize your taste buds to no end. Each bite offering a new delightful and exciting experience!

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Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta-in the bowl and bread

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Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta.  Holding onto summer is something I do. I love the warmth, sunshine, and sounds of the summer months. One thing for sure, I am not alone in those feelings! However, there is another important factor of summer, and that is the flavors and recipes that grace our picnic and dining tables at this time. Dishes like this salad which host fresh healthy ingredients and delectable hits of brightness that bring only summer smiles to our faces.


 

Beans glorious beans!…………

Beans for me hold many wonderful memories. Growing up Italian gave me the opportunity to really appreciate food. Both my parents were amazing cooks and they loved their bean dishes. Pasta e Fagioli, (pasta and beans),  Rapini e fagioli (Italian rapini and cannellini beans), Fagioli in umido (pan-steamed beans), or like we have made today, Insalata di Fagioli, (bean salad).  A good salad with beans is what I love and consequently,  this Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta gives you everything under the sun and more! 

Friends and food………….

I can’t think of anything better than to have friends with me in the kitchen helping prepare a wonderful meal that we will sit down to and eat together. These days it is a bit difficult given the present situation, however, I am a believer that when the going gets tough, the tough get resources and going! With that being said, come with me, let’s get into the kitchen and share some time preparing wonderful delicious food and above all plenty of laughs, virtually speaking that is!

Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta-ingredients

This is what you will need:

  • Red kidney beans
  • Sweet yellow and red peppers
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Small cucumbers
  • Red onion
  • Mint leaves
  • Basil leaves
  • Feta
  • Olive oil
  • Lemons
  • Sugar
  • Salt and pepper

Now that you have all the ingredients it’s time to put this baby together!

Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta-preparation

Easy breezy!

In the end, you can’t get any easier than this. Imagine a hot summer day, the house is smoldering, the last thing you want to do is fire up the oven or stove, consequently putting the temperature through the roof! That’s why they invented barbecues so we could cook outside, lol. So with that being said, let me tell you how to put this Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta together, a wonderful side dish to anything grilled!

  1. Firstly have all your veggies washed and prepped, herbs chopped. If using canned beans then just give them a rinse. In addition,  you could use dry, however, that will add a bit of work to the process, like soaking, washing, and cooking. If that is the way you want to go, then I say go for it!
  2. Secondly, combine all the veggies and beans in a bowl, completed with a nice toss.
  3. After that, time to whisk up the dressing. Olive oil, lemon juice, a pinch of sugar, salt, and pepper. Get your forearms in the action, above all else, we need to get the veggies acquainted with the dressing, so in you go!
  4. Lastly, some crumbled feta because it is going to be delicious, and we are done. 

That’s it, just a few minutes to let it marinade and we are ready to serve!

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder

To me, this looks absolutely beautiful, similar to a summer canvas. However, I am biased, lol. Vibrant colors, wonderful aroma, all dancing wonderfully in a bowl. That is my personal opinion, however, it may be yours too, which would be fantastic! It is definitely time to taste, and you can see for yourself!

Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta-in the bowl    

Talk about flavor and texture…………..

Wow!…………………………… I have to first say that the simplicity of the dressing is perfect to bring out each and every individual ingredient. The plump sweetness of the tomatoes, that red onion mmmmmmmmm. The cucumbers so fresh and crunchy, and those sweet peppers just out of this world good. Let’s talk feta because it is so absolutely delicious. That acidity perfect with the lemon hits and sweet earthiness of all the ingredients. Furthermore, last but not least, those red kidney beans. Starchy with a nice textured bite and their nuttiness balance out this salad tremendously with an end result better than imaginable.

Last thoughts……………………

In essence, I live my life in gratitude as much as I can and when I don’t I have to regroup and try again. As they say, if you don’t succeed, then try and try again. That’s me. Above all, I want to thank you for joining me in making this shut-the-front-door, extra easy-breezy, fresh, healthy, and so summer colorful Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta. It has been a pleasure sharing this experience with you. Furthermore, a bunch of gratitude for supporting Nicoletta and me in our dream!

In conclusion, have fun in the kitchen, laugh, dance, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Cheers!

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Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta

  • Author: Nicoletta and Loreto
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A wonderful summer recipe that is light and quick. You need a can of red kidney beans, a bunch of fresh seasonal produce, some herbs, a sprinkle of feta, and vibrant lemon vinaigrette. Perfectly delicious and nutritious for lunch, for an outdoor picnic, to bring to a bbq party or a potluck.

Ingredients

  • 1 can red kidney beans (about 320 g)
  • 2 mini sweet peppers, yellow, red
  • 10 grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 red onion, about 2 Tbsp
  • 1 small cucumber
  • a handful of mint leaves
  • 34 basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup feta
  • the juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 Tbsp evo oil
  • pinch of sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Drain the red kidney beans and rinse. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Wash the tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, basil and mint leaves.
  3. In a small bowl add extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar and lemon juice. Whisk well to combine.
  4. Cut the tomatoes in half, dice the peppers, cucumbers, and onions. Add to the beans and toss.
  5. Sliver the basil and mint leaves, then add to the bowl. Toss.
  6. Crumble the feta on top and add the lemon vinaigrette.
  7. Toss again, taste for seasoning, and serve.

Notes

You can add or switch vegetables/herbs as you most like. You could use tuna instead of feta.

You can omit the feta to keep it vegan or use a vegan cheese.

It keeps well in the fridge in an airtight container until the next day.

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20 Comments

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    Reply Shelley August 17, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Loreto, I am so totally with you on wanting to hold onto summer. I do that, too! It’s my favorite season, for sure. This delicious salad really is brimming with the brightness of summer days! SO healthy and easy, too (you know I love that)!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 18, 2020 at 5:09 am

      Hey Shelly Thank you for your lovely comment, such kind and caring words. It is funny how recipes evoke seasons and joyfulness!
      Happy cooking!

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    Reply Amanda August 17, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    This salad is great! I love how hearty it is, and the feta gives it the perfect finishing touch. Definitely a favorite summer salad!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 18, 2020 at 5:07 am

      Thank you Amanda. These are great dishes healthy and delicious in every sense of the words!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Bernice Hill August 17, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Ahhhh! I’m holding onto summer too. I was just talking about how it’s almost the end of August…how did that happen? I’m not ready for cozy fall nights in. I need those hot summer nights and easy fresh salads like this one.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 18, 2020 at 5:07 am

      Thank you Bernice for sharing. Yes I too am not ready for fall, the cold and that other thing I don’t want to mention. I am going to keep making these types of salad full of color and summer!
      Have a great week!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Chef Dennis August 18, 2020 at 5:27 am

    There’s no doubt my wife will love this Red Kidney Bean Summer Salad with Feta! Just the sight of this makes me crave!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 20, 2020 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Chef. It is a wonderful salad and so happy that it makes you crave it. Your wife has great taste!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Marta August 19, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    You know? I don’t use red kidney beans as much as I should. I definitely think this is a great recipe to change that with.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 20, 2020 at 10:22 am

      Thank you Marta. This salad has everything. It’s healthy, lots of texture, fresh ingredients, colorful and most of all tons of flavor. I sure hope we changed your thoughts on red kidney beans!
      Have a great day!

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    Reply Candice August 20, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    The perfect summer quarantine salad! Mixes my favorite summer produce with a pantry staple. Will be making this one over and over again!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 21, 2020 at 11:13 am

      Thank you Candice!
      You are so right. It is such a wonderful delicious salad with plenty of color to emind us of those bright sunny warm days! So glad you liked it!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Tammy August 21, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    A perfect side salad for the end of summer..this would also be so good scooped on corn chips! Love the sound of this..delish!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 24, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Oooh that chip things sounds so good. Nice inspiration!
      Thank you!

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    Reply Veronika August 23, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Love using beans in my meals! It’s a great substitution for meat, healthy, and delicious! Need to make this salad, and my hubby will love it!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 24, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Veronika you are so right on the beans being a great substitute for meat. A very healthy salad indeed, and so much a meal of good mood food!
      Thank you!

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    Reply Debbie August 23, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    This is such a simple salad but has big flavor. I had a ton of fresh mint and basil in my herb garden and decided to try this. I loved all the flavors. This Red Kidney Bean Salad had all the flavors of summer !! So good!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 24, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you so much Debbie for trying this salad. So glad you enjoyed it. You are so right on the summer flavors too!

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    Reply Georgina | Culinary Travels August 24, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Feta is one of my favourite cheese, especially to eat in summer. The addition of beans to this salad is perfect. A definite must make.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 24, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      Hi Georgina, we love feta. It just brightens any ingredient it is paired with and in this salad it is a bright note of summer with a bit of a flavor hit to spike things up a bit!
      Cheers!

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