Spicy Tomato and Parsley Butterbean Salad
Many times I have been to Mediterranean style restaurants or market stalls and had a delicious marinated butterbean salad, and I've always wished I was able to make it at home. The rich tomato sauce is packed full of flavour and it pairs so perfectly with the creamy texture of the beans. It's delicious as a part of lunch or dinner, alongside salads and various other little bites.
Like all things marinated, this seems to just get better and better the more days you leave it in the fridge. The sauce becomes richer, the beans softer and creamier and the spices a little more potent. The beans just seem to soak up the flavour when left in the fridge!
This is great for BBQ's, picnics or family gatherings because it's easy to make, it travels well in a container and it's not too 'weird' that your meat eating friends will reject it! Sometimes people forget that the simplest and easiest food is often vegan, such as crusty fresh bread dipped in olive oil, marinated olives, salads, sundried tomatoes, pasta in tomato sauce, roasted vegetables and so many more.
With the hot summer months ahead for us Northern Hemisphere folk, this is the perfect way to welcome in the warm weather!
You will need:
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/3 can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsps tomato concentrate
2 cans drained and rinsed butterbeans
1/4 tsp harissa or chilli paste
1/4 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsps wine vinegar
small bunch each of basil + parsley, chopped finely
Salt and pepper to taste
Simply combine all of the above in a bowl and leave in the fridge to marinate for a few hours or preferably overnight, then enjoy at room temperature alongside your favourite salads