Saturday, August 25, 2012

White Bean, Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Even after making the Roasted Garlic Basil Pesto, I still had leftover basil to use up.  I decided to make a yummy basil vinaigrette.  Baby cherry tomatoes are also being harvested like crazy at my house.  I can't complain cause I love them right out of the garden!  The cucumber was also harvested from the garden.

I went to a party at a friend's house.  I decided to make a nice light and refreshing salad to take along.  this is what I came up with.  The salad was a hit and perfect for a nice summer afternoon.  I feel so good that most of the ingredients for this salad came right out of my garden too!!  Double bonus points!

White Bean, Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

1 (15 oz.) can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 large seedless cucumber, peeled and diced
2 pints cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 c. kalamata olives, pits removed
basil vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1/2 - 1 c. crumbled feta cheese

1) Place white beans, cucumber, tomatoes and olives in a large bowl.

2) Add a few tablespoons of the basil vinaigrette.  Toss salad well.  Add more vinaigrette if it appears dry (but do not overdress).  Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld.  Just before serving, add feta cheese (or leave at the table for guests to sprinkle on).  Serve chilled.

Basil Vinaigrette

1/2 shallot, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
1 c. fresh basil leaves, packed down
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
salt and black pepper
1/2 tsp. sugar

1) In a blender or food processor, pulse the shallot and garlic.  Add the basil leaves, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and sugar.  Pulse until smooth.  Adjust seasoning if needed.

Store the basil vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Wendy said...

That salad is so colorful and gorgeous. A quintessential summer salad! I like the sound of that basil vinaigrette and may try that this week too!

Rowena... said...

That looks great with the addition of the beans...never thought to do that! And it is so true that when you raise your own fruits/vegs, the rewards multiple even more when you're able to share your hard work with others. Happy gardening!