Tuscan Bean Salad with a Walnut SageĀ Vinaigrette

December 30, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Makes about 4 cups
Author Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 3 cups cooked cannellini beans (or alternitively 2 15 ounce cans drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces toasted in a 350F oven for 8 minutes
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 4 tablespoons torn sage leaves
  • 1 clove rough chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • Salt and pepper to re season if desired
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Contest Entries

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • AntoniaJames
  • inpatskitchen
  • Niknud

Recipe by: inpatskitchen

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 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!

7 Reviews

AntoniaJames February 4, 2021
Sensational. Mrs L FTW. ;o)
inpatskitchen February 5, 2021
Thank You!
AntoniaJames October 24, 2012
This is inspired. Truly inspired. I'm making it this week! ;o)
inpatskitchen October 24, 2012
Thanks AJ! Be honest and let me know what you think if you do make them.
inpatskitchen December 30, 2011
Thanks so much Niknud! I love them too!,
inpatskitchen December 30, 2011
Thanks so much Niknud! I love them too!,
Niknud December 30, 2011
Sounds just lovely. Love cannellini beans, especially in salads.