Greek Bean Salad


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Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

I want to apologize for being MIA last week, but I was in Amsterdam for business purposes. I did have the chance to walk around the city and be able to see the Kaukenhof Park with the tulips, which is only open for two months every year. I had a lot of work, but it was fun as well.
When I left Greece, it was a bit chilly, but coming back I realized that summer is here to stay! Temperatures have risen to the 30’s C / 90’s F and many people have started their summer swims.
In Greece summer starts at about the end of May and ends up late September. Temperatures during this time vary from 30’s C / 90’s F to, in some extreme cases, 40’s C / 100’s F or even above this. The good thing about this country’s climate is that the atmosphere is very dry with almost no humidity and thus easier to tolerate heat.

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Working people in Greece have one month of vacations most of which they spend it during summer. Usually they take the three weeks during summer and one week during Christmas and/or Easter. Especially August is the month of holidays and big urban cities become deserted for a few days.
Greek islands are the most popular destination of Greeks and tourists, following the coastal towns of the mainland.
Because of the high temperatures during summer, I always try to make light meals that not only will give us the necessary power to work throughout the day, but also to keep us cool and not overwhelmed. Salads are the perfect meals and I always try to enrich them, so as to constitute a full meal without having to be followed by any main course. Greek salad of course is at peak demand and we all enjoy the fresh seasonal vegetables which form it. To change a little bit and get out of the ordinary I made a salad based on the Greek one, but I added beans to it. I also made a sweet and sour Vinaigrette with cumin to add more flavor to it. The result was a very filling, refreshing and colorful salad packed with vitamins, good fats and taste. Let’s go and make it!

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Greek Bean Salad

Ingredients
1 cup cannellini beans
2 tomatoes, cut in cubes
1 large cucumber, cut in cubes
2 green peppers, cut in cubes
2 red jarred peppers, cut in cubes
5 pickled cucumbers, cut in cubes
10 olives, cut in slices
140 gr. / 5 oz. corn kernels
200 gr. / 7 oz. feta cheese, cut in cubes (optional)
Salt and pepper

For the Dressing
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar or any other vinegar
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp honey
½ tsp cumin
Salt and pepper (instead of plain pepper you can add chili pepper)

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Instructions
For the Dressing
Mix everything in a jar until they are all incorporated.
Put in the fridge until is ready to be used.

Boil cannellini beans until soft.
Cut all veggies in cubes.
Mix everything.
Add feta cheese in cubes.
Salt (in moderation, because feta is already salty) and pepper.

Pour half of the dressing on the salad and mix to go everywhere.
If you think more is needed add spoon by spoon.

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5.0 from 6 reviews
Greek Bean Salad
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Salad
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Serves: 3 to 4
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 cup cannellini beans
  • 2 tomatoes, cut in cubes
  • 1 large cucumber, cut in cubes
  • 2 green peppers, cut in cubes
  • 2 red jarred peppers, cut in cubes
  • 5 pickled cucumbers, cut in cubes
  • 10 olives, cut in slices
  • 140 gr. / 5 oz. corn kernels
  • 200 gr. / 7 oz. feta cheese, cut in cubes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
For the Dressing
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar or any other vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper (instead of plain pepper you can add chili pepper)
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
For the Dressing
  1. Mix everything in a jar until they are all incorporated.
  2. Put in the fridge until is ready to be used.
  3. Boil cannellini beans until soft.
  4. Cut all veggies in cubes.
  5. Mix everything.
  6. Add feta cheese in cubes.
  7. Salt (in moderation, because feta is already salty) and pepper.
  8. Pour half of the dressing on the salad and mix to go everywhere.
  9. If you think more is needed add spoon by spoon.

5.0 from 6 reviews
Σαλάτα Φασόλια
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Σαλάτα
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 φλιτζάνι φασόλια
  • 2 ντομάτες, κομμένες σε κύβους
  • 1 μεγάλο αγγούρι, κομμένο σε κύβους
  • 2 πράσινες πιπεριές, κομμένες σε κύβους
  • 2 κόκκινες πιπεριές Φλωρίνης σε βάζο, κομμένες σε κύβους
  • 5 Αγγουράκια τουρσί, κομμένα σε κύβους
  • 10 ελιές, κομμένες σε φέτες
  • 140 γρ. καλαμπόκι
  • 200 γρ. φέτα, κομμένη σε κύβους (προαιρετικά)
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
Για το Ντρέσσινγκ
  • ½ φλ ελαιόλαδο
  • ¼ φλ. ξίδι μπαλσάμικο ή οποιαδήποτε άλλο ξύδι
  • 2 κ.σ. μουστάρδα Ντιζόν
  • 2 κ.σ. μέλι
  • ½ κ.γ. κύμινο
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι (αντί του απλού πιπεριου μπορείτε να προσθέσετε πιπέρι τσίλι)
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
Για το Ντρέσσινγκ
  1. Αναμείξτε τα πάντα σε ένα βάζο μέχρι να ενσωματωθούν.
  2. Βάλτε στο ψυγείο μέχρι είναι έτοιμο να χρησιμοποιηθεί.
  3. Βράστε τα φασόλια μέχρι να μαλακώσουν.
  4. Κόψτε όλα τα λαχανικά σε κύβους.
  5. Αναμείξτε τα πάντα.
  6. Προσθέστε τη φέτα σε κύβους.
  7. Αλάτι (με μέτρο, γιατί η φέτα είναι ήδη αλμυρή) και πιπέρι.
  8. Ρίξτε το μισό ντρέσσινγκ στη σαλάτα και ανακατέψτε να πάει παντού.
  9. Εάν χρειάζεται περισσότερο προσθέστε κουτάλι από κουτάλι.

40 Responses to Greek Bean Salad

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  1. Regina says:

    I love bean salad, specially in the summer. They are so yummy and easy to prepare.
    Your bean salad version might be delicious, and your photos are beautiful.

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  3. What a delicious dish. I love all the flavor and elements you’ve tossed in!

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  5. I was so excited to get a look at this bean salad recipe, and it certainly lived up to my hopes! What a wonderful combination of flavors, and so many deliciously healthy ingredients!

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  7. What a lovely salad…so fresh and healthy!

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  9. Lisa says:

    This looks so colorful and refreshing! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” Hope you can join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/06/try-new-recipe-tuesday-june-10.html

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  11. This looks delicious!

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

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  13. Winnie says:

    It’s a great salad!
    I’m a vegetarian and it’s calling my name all over :)

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  15. Juliana says:

    Nice salad Katerina…this is the kind of meal that I love during summer.
    I did not realize that Greece can be that hot during summer…

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  17. Diane Balch says:

    This is perfect for the summer. We are trying to eat less meat and more beans. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday. Pinning.

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  19. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Katrina,
    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome Greek Bean Salad with Full Plate Thursday today. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  21. Simple but wow in taste! Great presentation…

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  23. It sounds like you had a wonderful time in Amsterdam. I’d sure love to travel there someday. Thank you for sharing this lovely salad on Foodie Friday

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  25. grace says:

    this is a terrific salad! i’m a bean girl and am always looking for new ways to eat them. :)

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  27. Erlene says:

    This would be so nice to have on a hot summer day. Thanks so much for sharing on The Weekend Social.

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  29. Beth says:

    That’s a beautiful salad. Perfect for the summer heat!

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  31. Joanne says:

    What a refreshing healthy summer salad!!

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  33. This is a light and delicious salad, perfect for the summer weather! I love all kinds of cube components in the salad. The cumin in the dressing adds a nice kick too! YUM!

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  35. What lovely salad! I really want to taste it!

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  37. That’s a beautiful looking salad. Greece is on my bucket list of place to visit. Some day…

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  39. Lori Hart says:

    This looks so good!! And healthy too!

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  41. Hadia says:

    This sounds so refreshing Katerina. I love the blend of beans, cheese and vegetables, and love most the honey in the dressing.

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  43. I agree with you about how nice a salad is during the warm weather months. Your Greek bean salad sounds good…I like that you added cumin and honey to your dressing for a change of flavors from what I typically use with a Greek salad.

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  45. Crystelle says:

    Your salad looks really yummy! I will have to give it a try! Also: I am a little bit jealous you got to go to the Netherlands last week….. glad you had time to look around…. :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  47. gloria says:

    This is a beautiful salad and beautiful.shots!

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  49. Perfect recipe during the warm weather. I hope to visit the Greek islands one day. Vacationers always look so relaxed in photos!

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  51. This salad looks so delicious, love the wonderful looking fresh bean salad!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  53. This is the kind of salad I will make all Summer long. Some friends of mine just returned from visiting the Greek Isles. They absolutely loved it!

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  55. Liz says:

    Definitely an outstanding summer meal!!! Taking a holiday to the Greek islands sounds heavenly!

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  57. Asmita says:

    We are big on salads. Going to try this delicious salad out soon!

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  59. I love salads in the summer too but with my hungry teenage boys I need something hearty to keep them full and this is the perfect recipe for that. Love that fun dressing that would be delicious on so many salads. Summer starts here in Hong Kong in April. Steamy and hot already in Hong Kong and the real dreaded humidity comes in August. Take care, BAM

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  61. Kate says:

    Happy Summer

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  63. Corina says:

    I make a lot more salads in summer too but we’ll be lucky here if it ever reaches 30C! I think the cumin in the dressing must make it really tasty.

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  65. Debra says:

    Summer starts today here in the states but I actually have a sweatshirt on and it is in the 60s F here. Really lovely presentation!!!!

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  67. Oh lucky you to go to Amsterdam, even if for work. Yeah it gets hot here sometimes with very high humidity. So much harder to bare then dry. This is a great healthy full meal salad the still feels light enough for heat.

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  69. Susan says:

    A beautiful and delicious salad for summer!

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  71. Sissi says:

    I agree that salads as main courses are among the best options for hot summer days. I also love making salads now. This one looks particularly good and since it contains feta, I’ll test it very soon. Thank you for one more great idea.
    I’m glad you have managed to visit Amsterdam. It’s not always easy during business trips.

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  73. such a fiesta of colors in this cool,gorgeous bean salad….the flavors are amazing :-)

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  75. This is a delicious salad on its own or as a side dish with some pan friend chicken.
    Enjoy the beautiful summer weather!
    Angie

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  77. Chantal says:

    Hi Katerina,
    You are so lucky to have a nice weather. It is not what happens here in France! We still have an automnal weather, rainy and cold a bit in the morning. No blue sky but absolutely grey!
    I like your salad, so healthy and yummy as well!
    I will try it soon. Honey and mustard is a very good combination!
    Enjoy your beautiful weather
    Chantal

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  79. Yeah, this salad is cooling but filling…perfect for hot days to come. Ah, the dressing…mixing Dijon with honey – I have to try that. Thanks!

    ela h.

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