Here’s one of the Community CookShop’s (slightly modified) recipes. It’s not groundbreaking or experimental. But it’s healthy and available in most bodegas. The original recipe uses fresh green beans but celery works just as well for that added crunch. —Mario Batali
celery, 1 head or about 10 ribs (you can substitute canned hominy or canned white beans)
kidney beans 1 15-ounce can, rinsed
chickpeas 1 15-ounce can, rinsed
In This Recipe
Trim ends of celery and thinly slice the stalks.
Open cans of kidney beans and chickpeas. Pour into a colander and rinse thoroughly.
For dressing, in a small mixing bowl, measure and add balsamic vinegar, water, salt, black pepper and olive oil. Whisk briskly until thoroughly combined.
Combine celery, kidney beans and chickpeas in a large mixing bowl. Add dressing to salad and toss well to combine.
Mario Batali counts 25 restaurants, 11 cookbooks, numerous television shows and the 50,000-square-foot Eataly marketplace among his ever-expanding empire of deliciousness. His latest book is "America Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers" (Grand Central Life & Style, 2014).