Thursday, July 30, 2009


Here's the recipe for my soon to be famous Red Bean Salad:

1 tbsp fresh thyme
1 tbsp fresh rosemary
1 tbsp fresh parsley

Chop fine and put in your big bowl-the one you will be serving from cause there ain't no sense making a big mess-this is supposed to be quick and easy!

1/2 to 1 tsp onion powder
1/2 to 1 tsp garlic powder
You can use fresh but I am all out and going out of town so why bother? I recommend a very fine dice on these if you do use fresh-I like the red onions I've used in the past for this btw.

Fresh ground black pepper
crushed red pepper flakes
To taste of course-I like kind of a lot

1/2 cup celery diced fine-like 1/4 inch dice-it's not that hard and when it's that small it's just crunchy.
I also chop up the leafy top but some people don't like to-whatever!

2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1-2 tbsp lemon juice-go ahead and use the little squirt bottle stuff-no sense blowing 5 bucks on lemons this time around!
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Give a little stir

1/2 jar of roasted red peppers
1 can artichoke hearts
Rough chopped of course.

Give all of this a really good stir, taste it, and add any other seasonings you think it needs.

1 can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed.

Fold these into your mixture and let sit for a few minutes-well 10 to 15 at least would be nice!
This salad only gets better in the fridge and it is very good cold or at room temperature.
My favorite is room temperature with a nice slice of toasted bread-baguette or sourdough usually- and the girls the same. This is an extra juicy recipe because I like to sop up the extra "dressing".
Big Daddy D likes a little meat though, so for him I put in some canned chicken or tuna. This works out well since he gets home and eats well after we do and we all get what we like.
Enough procrastination-I need to get the Kid's room finished while she's not around to mess with everything as I'm trying to get it put away.


Huff Daddy said...

That does look really good. Now I just have to figure out which beans my wife is not allergic to (sucks because beans are one of her favorite foods but we've had to cut them out of everything).

Amy said...

looks yummy. I will def. have to try this one. What kind of roasted red peppers are good? The last ones i got tasty funky.

Brook said...

HD-that is too bad, something so good and good for you. Try it without the beans and maybe some tender young roasted veggies like squash, zucchini or eggplant and it would still be an excellent side with oh...just about anything!

Amy-it is scrumptious and I tell ya, Mt Olive(the pickle people) do roasted red peppers that are just fine, also...let me go check the fridge...Dunbars sweet roasted peppers, and I used Pompeii brand artichoke hearts.

Brook said...

HD-I just had to look it up, peas and beans are different enough that perhaps black eye peas, or crowder peas or something of that sort could be tried, also try canned soybeans-Ingles does carry these at our store.

Amy said...

thanks! I love salads. This sounds very flavorful and healthy. We have a great Fancy pizza place that does a yummy artichoke, spinach and red pepper pizza-its downtown.

Dark Cloud Nine said...

wow! keep the recipe and invite me over!

Brook said...

DCN-anytime you wanna visit just drop me a line!

Nej said...

Looks amazing!!!

I'm not a salad eater....but I'm always looking for a good salad recipe. :-)

Brook said...

Nej-it's really more a cold veggie recipe when you think about it. And it is so good, I ended up eating the last of it for lunch and later a snack, without sharing one bite.

Victoria said...


I like reading your recipes - for the fact that you're obviously a good cook, but also for the side commentary.

PS: have fun on your millions of adventures/vacations, btw - talk about "squee"!

Spellbound said...

anything with artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers is bound to be wonderful.

Amy said...

i agree Spellbound. Now I am craving some spinach, artichoke cheese dip. Oh-and a pomegranate martini. they seem to go together-I don't know Y.

Brook said...

Spellbound-Delicious, that's all I can say.

Amy-Applebees does hit the spot! I love the french onion soup too!

Brook said...

Victoria-the commentary is by far the funnest part of the recipe after the eating of course! I think lentils are quite tasty and always legit.

ps...I'm still here.