Black-eyed bean, red pepper and apple salad

Black-eyed bean, red pepper and apple salad

Salada de feijão frade com maçã

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The combination of black-eyed beans with apple and red pepper makes a lovely light and refreshing salad. Here I am using dried beans for flavour, but you could use tinned beans if you prefer. It’s important to leave the salad to marinate for an hour before serving to allow the flavours to develop. I love to eat this with fish, but it works equally well as a light lunch by itself or with grilled piri piri chicken.

Ingredients

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For the beans

Quantity Ingredient
180g dried black-eyed beans
A pinch bicarbonate of soda
1 carrot, cut into chunks
1 celery stick, cut into chunks
1 shallot, halved
1 bay leaf

For the salad

Quantity Ingredient
2 shallots, finely diced
1 large red pepper, deseeded and diced
2 granny smith apples, peeled and diced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chardonnay vinegar or good-quality white wine vinegar
1 lemon, Freshly squeezed juiced
a small handful parsley, leaves finely chopped
sea salt flakes
ground white pepper

Method

  1. To cook the beans — Soak the beans overnight in plenty of cold water with the bicarbonate of soda. The next day, drain the beans and put them in in a pan with the carrot, celery, shallot and bay leaf. Cover with cold water, bring to the boil and simmer over a medium heat for about 45 minutes–1 hour, or until tender. Remove from the heat and leave the beans to cool in the cooking liquid, seasoning them while they cool.
  2. To make the salad — Drain the beans and put them in a large bowl. Mix in the shallots, red pepper and apple. Add the oil, vinegar and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and stir well. Leave to marinate at room temperature or in the fridge (I like eating it chilled). Just before serving, stir in the chopped parsley and taste for seasoning.
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