Recipe: White Bean Salad with Ham, Cilantro, and Mint

May 30, 2011 by     7 Comments    Posted under: Recipes, Salad Recipes
White Bean Salad with Ham, Cilantro, and Mint

White Bean Salad with Ham, Cilantro, and Mint

This high-fiber delicious salad is perfect on a hot summer day for lunch or dinner. The fresh mint, tangy vinegar, and salty ham are perfect together and leave you wanting more and more. It is perfect for a quick-fix entertainer…. very easy to make, yet sophisticated enough to impress even the snootiest guest.

White Bean Salad Ingredients

  • 3 cans of canned Great Northern beans (or 1 pound dried Great Northern beans, cooked)
  • ¾ cup diced ham (about 6 ounces)
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced and mashed into garlic paste
  • ½ red onion, sliced and roasted
  • ½ cup olive oil, plus extra for roasting onions
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt to taste, roughly ¼ teaspoon, plus extra for seasoning the onions
  • Black pepper to taste

White Bean Salad Directions

Start by slicing the onion, tossing with some olive oil, seasoning with salt and pepper, and roasting at 425° for about 20 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden brown.

Roast Onions

Roast Onions

While onions are roasting, drain the beans and rinse under cold running water until they stop “foaming”.

Rinse Beans

Rinse Beans

Place the rinsed beans in a large bowl, then finely chop the mint and cilantro and add to the beans.

Finely Chop Mint and Cilantro

Finely Chop Mint and Cilantro

Make the garlic paste and add to the beans.

Mash Garlic with Side of Knife to Make Paste

Mash Garlic with Side of Knife to Make Paste

Dice the ham into 1/4 inch squares and add to the beans. Dice on the spot where you made the garlic paste so as to get a little extra garlic flavor onto the ham. So tasty!

Dice Ham

Dice Ham

Add olive oil and vinegar to beans and toss gently. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper.

White Bean Salad with Ham, Cilantro, and Mint in Serving Bowl

White Bean Salad with Ham, Cilantro, and Mint in Serving Bowl

Makes 8 small servings

White Bean Salad with Ham, Cilantro, and Mint Small Serving

White Bean Salad with Ham, Cilantro, and Mint Small Serving

Recipe by Jothan Yeager, May 23, 2007

 

7 Comments + Add Comment

  • [...] White Bean Salad with Ham, Cilantro, and Mint [...]

  • I’m guessing this recipe would be good even without the ham, for the vegetarians out there!

  • I just LOVE white beans, I use them all the time. Almost entirely in cold, salad-y dishes like this. They are one of my favorite foods. I make fresh mozarella, tomato, olive and white bean salads all the time in the summer. Mmm.

    • That sounds really tasty too. I’ll have to make a little summer treat with those ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

  • I love your recipes and descriptions of ingredients. I am going to try every recipe. My mouth watered with your experiences in Malaysia……great experiences shared . Thank you

  • I love the picture. Great job. I really like how the setting and appearance is paired with the food. Not only do you do masterful work WITH the food, but also the presentation. The green bowl with the mint green foods……masterful.

  • i typically do not like to eat cilantro. as it causes the food to taste metallic. However, when i ate this dish i was delightfully surprised to find that the cilantro did not over power the food. In fact, i quiet enjoyed this dish. Thanks :)

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