Make Ahead

Marinated White Bean & Radicchio Salad

April 18, 2021
7 Ratings
Photo by Ty Mecham
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This spunky, hearty, any-season salad is inspired by those vinegary, totally addictive marinated beans sold by the pound at Whole Foods. It turns out that those beans are simple to replicate at home, with the added benefit of being able to control the oil, acid, and seasonings. By all means, make a big batch of the marinated beans for snacking, but I urge you to take the extra few minutes to make this equally addictive salad. It's a salad that checks all of the boxes: simple to prepare; full of contrasting colors, textures, and flavors; and satisfying enough to eat for lunch or dinner. Even better, it's sturdy enough to make ahead, no wilty leaves in sight!


Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: This Make-Ahead Bean Salad Is Fresh Enough for Lunch, Sturdy Enough for Dinner —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 5 cups roughly torn radicchio leaves, either treviso or chioggia
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt + freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons roughly chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons roughly chopped capers
  • 1 1/2 cups gigante, corona, or cannellini beans, cooked from dry or canned (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup finely grated pecorino romano
  1. In a large salad bowl, toss radicchio, parsley, and a pinch of salt together.
  2. In a 10-inch skillet, warm extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add shallots, thyme, and capers; saute for about 2 minutes, or just until the shallots start to slightly soften (don’t let them brown). Add the beans, red wine vinegar, and a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, gently stir so the beans are evenly coated in the vinaigrette. Turn the heat down to low, and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, or until the beans are warmed through. Adjust seasoning and acidity, to taste.
  3. Pour the contents of the skillet (beans and vinaigrette) over the radicchio and parsley. Gently toss with your hands. Let cool a few minutes, then add the pecorino and toss again. Serve warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate any leftover salad—it’ll have a different yet still delicious flavor and texture the next day after the radicchio marinates in the vinaigrette. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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Recipe by: EmilyC

I'm a home cook. I love salads. Two things you'll always find in my refrigerator are lemons and butter, and in my pantry good quality chocolate and the makings for chocolate chip cookies.

2 Reviews

Titi April 18, 2021
This is so good, we make it quite ofted and all the family loves it!
EmilyC April 19, 2021
Oh this is so great to hear -- thanks Titi! ; )