Mediterranean bean salad

    20 min

    This is an easy, healthy salad or side dish for barbecued meats. Make sure you add the lemon juice that keeps all the different flavours alive.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 400g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
    • 1 medium tomato, chopped
    • 1/4 red onion, chopped
    • fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon capers, rinsed and drained
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. In a large bowl, stir together the chickpeas, kidney beans, lemon juice and zest, tomato, onion, parsley, capers, olive oil and salt. Cover, and refrigerate for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, before serving.

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    It can also be easily adapted to a Mexican bean salad by changing the lemon to lime, parsley to fresh coriander and adding ground cumin aor chilli powder.

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    This is not a review... it's my recipe and it's supposed to say that the beans should be drained and RINSED. Also, I specified that any combination of beans would work, but contrasting colors make the best presentation! But, you know, I think it's a 5* recipe, so I'm going to give it 5*s just to get you guys started! Enjoy! p.s. to "likkel"... why would people who don't like cold bean salads even try this recipe? that's like saying vegetarians won't like a beefsteak recipe! And WHY would you feed it to your husband, knowing he doesn't like garbanzo beans??  -  11 May 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was so good Cathy! I used garbonzos and pintos in this recipe and added some chopped cucs and black olives. This is a very refreshing salad and went so nicely with our spicey pork tenderloin. Thanks so much!  -  21 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I thought this was pretty good. My husband wouldn't eat it. I made him try it and he first picked out the garbanzos since he doesn't like them. People who don't like cold bean salads won't like it. I used Lime instead of lemon; and red beans in stead of kidnet beans. I did half with fresh cilantro and half with fresh parsley and I liked the cilantro better (but I love cilantro); the parsley batch had a nice fresh flavor. I tried adding some (thawed) frozen corn and thougth that was good. I added some more chopped red onion since that gave it nice flavor and crunch and a bit more tomato was good.  -  12 Jun 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)