RECIPE: Italian bean salad

Roasted pine nuts, crisp bacon and fresh green beans add a delicious crunch to this Mediterranean white bean salad

08 October 2017 - 00:00 By Greatstock/stockfood
Italian bean salad.
Italian bean salad.
Image: Greatstock/Stockfood

Serves: 4

Difficulty: Easy


60ml (4 tbsp) pine nuts or roughly chopped almonds

6 rashers of streaky bacon - or use smoked beef

250g fine green beans, trimmed

60ml (4 tbsp) extra-virgin olive oil

45ml (3 tbsp) white balsamic vinegar or lemon juice

1 large clove of garlic, crushed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 frisee lettuce, washed, dried and torn (or use lettuce of choice)

1 x 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 small red onion, finely diced


1. Toast the nuts in a dry-frying pan until golden and tip into a bowl.

2. Fry the bacon in a non-stick pan till golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towel and cut or break into pieces.

3. Cook the green beans in a large pan of boiling salted water until just tender - 2-3 minutes. Drain, refresh in cold water and dry.

4. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic in a large mixing bowl. Season generously.

5. Add the lettuce, cannellini beans, green beans, onion, bacon, and pine nuts. Toss well to combine.

6. Divide between bowls or serve on a large platter.