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Greek Salad with Three Beans: Perfect for Labor Day Brunches
Why not just make a salad from two of your favorite standbys: the Greek Salad, and the Bean Salad. The flavors of tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber dressed with a puckery lemon vinaigrette jumps into the driver’s seat with the addition of our old standby beans. You can customize this recipe to suit simply by adding or deleting beans. I made it this week started with dried garbanzos which I always think taste better than the canned ones.
Start with a Greek salad, or horiatiki salata, a rough country salad of juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber, sliced red onion, red bell pepper, crumbly feta cheese and plump kalamata olives. then mix with three beans. This Greekish salad can be served as a side dish or as a light meal with some crusty bread.
Give it a shot. Easy to make, keeps well, and perfect to take to a Block Party, Labor Day Picnic, plus the nutritionals make it really attractive.
Greek Salad with Three Beans
Makes 12 generous servings
Perfect for Potlucks and Labor Day Buffets, this easy to put together Greek Salad fluffed up with three kinds of beans makes a terrific Vegetarian Entrée as well as a punched up side dish.
1 16-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 16-ounce can black turtle beans, rinsed and drained
1 16-ounce can Cannellini Beans, rinsed and drained
1 red bell pepper, minced
½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 English cucumber, minced
2 stalks celery with leaves, minced
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup Kalamata olives, drained
½ cup EACH: fresh parsley and basil
½ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
Juice and grated zest of one large lemon
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly milled black pepper to taste
½ teaspoon dried oregano
Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix dressing in a small bowl then pour over the salad. Toss to mix. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Nutritionals: calories per serving 142; total fat 6 g, protein 4 g., sodium 208 mg., carbohydrates 18 g., dietary fiber 5 g.