Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Cooking: Budget Bean Salad

This is my variant of a dish which was originally from Home Cooking.

You will need:

olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 bell peppers (red and yellow), seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
oregano, salt and pepper to taste
dates, +/- 1/3 of a pkg (250g), chopped
1tbsp lemon juice
1tsp brown sugar
1 jar white beans in tomato sauce (1 to 1 1/2c)
Fried bacon, crumbled, to taste (you can omit the bacon and make the salad vegetarian)
Green onions, to taste

Adjust the amounts given according to your family size and whether the salad is served as the main or a side dish.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook onion, bell peppers, garlic seasoned with oregano, salt and pepper in olive oil, until the onion softens, add the dates, lemon juice and sugar + undrained beans, cover and cook over low heat until the peppers are soft, for ab. 15 minutes. Stir often.

Put in a salad bowl and chill in the fridge for several hours. Before serving, add bacon + green onions. If served as the main dish, serve with toasted bread.

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