Red Bean, Herb and Walnut Salad

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Red Bean, Herb and Walnut Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked red beans or kidney beans (rinse if using canned)File 1362
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 small red onion, cut in half lengthwise, then cut across the grain in thin slices (optional)
  • 1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) walnuts
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled, halved, green shoot removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Procedure:

  1. Place the beans in a bowl and toss with the celery and herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. If using the red onion, soak the onion in cold water for 5 minutes, then drain, rinse and drain again on paper towels. Add to the beans.
  3. In a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic with a generous pinch of salt and the red pepper flakes or the Aleppo pepper. Add the walnuts and grind together until the walnuts are coarsely ground. Toss with the beans.
  4. Whisk together the pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk in the oils, toss with the beans, and let marinate 30 minutes. Serve.
 
Adapted from the New York Times, June 17, 2013