Go to almost any Italian restaurant around here and you're almost always served a small bowl of marinated room temperature white beans to enjoy with your bread and oil while perusing the menu. Here's my take on it using walnuts and sage to dress the beans. —inpatskitchen
walnut pieces toasted in a 350F oven for 8 minutes
Juice of one lemon
torn sage leaves
clove rough chopped garlic
chopped Italian parsley
Salt and pepper to re season if desired
In This Recipe
Cool the walnut pieces after toasting them and then rough chop them and place in the bowl of a mini food processor along with the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, sage leaves, salt, pepper, walnut oil and water. Process until smooth.
Combine the beans with the diced red onion and add the dressing. Stir in the chopped parsley and refrigerate for a couple of hours to let the flavors blend. Remove from the fridge and bring the salad up to room temperature. Re season with salt and pepper if desired.
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!