I swear, some days I only have a lemon and a dream. This White Bean, Snap Pea, and Tomato Salad came from such a dream. The Boyfriend had been on the road all week, and typically by the time he gets home, he’s weary from the road. This may sound silly, but it’s important to me that he eats a home cooked meal when he gets back from a long trip. All week he eats cruddy food on the road and a nice meal is special to come home to.
On this particular evening, he called me and said, “I am going to be starving when I get home…” which was in about 30 minutes. Being the best girlfriend ever – a widely known fact about me – I dropped what I was doing and jumped on the dinner plan.
Unfortunately, it had been a hectic day and I hadn’t been to the store in several days. This is when I started scavenging through the fridge to figure it out. I had some pork chops that needed to be cooked – okay easy enough. Protein – done! I had a half a head of cabbage still in tact – Sauteed Buttered Cabbage… Green Vegetable – done! And for my last trick… hmmm…. hmmmm…. hmmmmmmmmm.
We had no potatoes, no pasta, and no rice. The cupboard was looking pretty bare. But there it was, in the far reaches of the tipity-top of my pantry, a lone can of Great White Northern Beans. I doubled back to the fridge. I pulled out a handful of cherry tomatoes that were on their last day and the only other vegetable I had – snap peas. Okay dokey… White Bean, Snap Pea, and Tomato Salad – let’s see what we can do with this.
Adding to my bean and veggie finds, was a lemon, olive oil, garlic, dried parsley, and dried chives. Let it be known that I put lemon and lemon zest in just about everything we eat. I seriously buy about I can make almost anything tasty with enough lemon, salt, and olive oil. And for that reason – I love Love LOVE my Progressive Dome Lid Citrus Juicer.
I wish I would have bought two, honestly. The coolest thing about it is that it has 2 measuring cups that catches the juice! One for small measurements and one for cups. So if I only need a tablespoon, I can see what I have in there. And it has a little rubber stopper on the bottom so it doesn’t scoot around on you. AND it was crazy cheap! AND, AND it’s super cute, small, and easy to clean. This is not a sales pitch… I seriously talk about this juicer all the time, just asked my bored-to-tears friends. Don’t even get me started on my Microplane Zester…
I rinsed off the beans and tossed them into a bowl. I chopped up my snap peas into thirds and halved my heirloom cherry tomatoes. I added a little zest from half a lemon, chives, parsley, pepper, and salt.
I also tossed in a generous teaspoon of minced garlic, the juice of one lemon, and some olive oil.
Give it a good stir, cover, and let it sit at least 15 minutes. The White Bean, Snap Pea, and Tomato Salad gets better as it sits, you can easily make this a day in advance or in the morning on your way out the door. And let me tell you… it was fantastic!
The combination of the creamy white beans, earthy tomatoes, sweet snap peas, acidic lemon, and salty garlicky herbiness seriously hits every taste-bud. It paired perfectly with our peppery seared pork chops and buttery sweet cabbage. This would be perfect with grilled meats or fish, as potluck salad, or even a nice lunch on some arugula and some crusty bread. It can be easily doubled or tripled.
The Boyfriend LOVED this White Bean, Snap Pea, and Tomato Salad! It is now a regularly requested favorite of his – and I don’t mind making it. Only a handful of ingredients, it took me 5 minutes to make, and it’s healthy – I really can’t ask for more than that! So I guess his home cooked meal dream came true this night… again… best – girlfriend – ever!
- 1 can White Beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup snap peas, cut in thirds
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Zest of half a lemon
- 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried chives
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Mix together all ingredients. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Enjoy!
- This can be made a day in advance.
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White Bean, Snap Pea, and Tomato Salad | No Need to Measure Recipe
- 1 can White Beans
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1 cup snap peas
- Garlic clove
- 1 tsp dried Chives
- 1 tsp dried Parsley
- 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Toss all ingredients together and chill until ready to eat!