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Author Notes: I've been making preserved lemons using Meyer lemons when we get them here on the East Coast. I love the taste and hate to find at the end of the year that I haven't used them up, so I keep trying to find new ways to use them. Suzanne Goin has a fabulous recipe for halibut with pea shoots and preserved lemon "salsa" (highly recommend!) and thought
I'd play with the salsa and make a vinaigrette to use on salads. This bean salad was one idea. - healthierkitchen
for the vinaigrette
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 preserved lemon, lightly rinsed and flesh discarded, rind thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- couple grinds fresh ground pepper
- 1 - 2 pinches salt
for the bean salad
- 2 cups cannellini beans, either cooked from dried or from one can of no sodium added beans
- 1 dry pint French green beans (haricots verts), stem ends trimmed and cut in two
- 1 handful or two of yellow or red cherry or grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 3 tablespoons thinly sliced red onion
- To prepare the vinaigrette, place the shallot and vinegar in a bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes. Whisk in the agave nectar, and then the oil. Add in the preserved lemon rind and a couple of grinds of pepper. Set aside.
- Combine the two kinds of beans, the tomatoes and onions in a serving bowl. Spoon about half the dressing over top and mix gently to combine. Add more Tablespoon by Tablespoon until you achieve a balance you like. You might not use it all and can save the rest in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for a couple of days.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Portable Side