When friends come over at the last minute, I pop open a few cans and jars to make this back-pocket salad. What might seem like a cop-out to dried bean devotees, members of Artichoke-Turners Anonymous, and captains of the health patrol is actually a damn good dish that comes together in minutes and requires zero time at the stove. It’s also an important reminder that while fresh vegetables are best, eating vegetables of any kind is important. Plus, these preserved products pass my pantry purge test with flying colors. The key to reviving them is not holding back on lemon, so squeeze on even more than you think you’ll need.
14- to 15-ounce can low-sodium white beans or black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
14-ounce jar artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
14-ounce can hearts of palm, drained and cut into about ½-inch slices
crumbled feta cheese
celery stalks, peeled and cut into about ½-inch pieces, plus some coarsely chopped celery leaves
extra-virgin olive oil
finely grated lemon zest
or 2 lemons, halved
pine nuts, toasted
In This Recipe
Combine the beans, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, feta cheese, celery and leaves, oil, and lemon zest in a large serving bowl. Squeeze on lots of lemon juice to make the salad taste really bright, then sprinkle on about ½ teaspoon salt. Toss really well and season with more salt to taste. Sprinkle on the pine nuts.