Warm Bean Salad with Fresh Herbs and Olives

Warm Bean Salad with Fresh Herbs and Olives

3 C. drained cooked white beans, such as cannelloni, navy, baby white limas, or flageolets; (reserve about 1/3 C. of the cooking liquid) or canned beans, drained and rinsed well

1 tsp. plus 1 tsp. fruity extra-virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary

1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme

Scant 1/3 C. bean cooking liquid, unsalted homemade or canned low-sodium chicken broth, or water

1/2 C. black olives, such as Kalamata or Gaeta, pitted and chopped

3 tsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

4 large fresh basil leaves, torn into 1/2- to 1/4-inch pieces

2 to 3 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp. kosher salt, or to taste

Freshly ground black pepper


Place the beans in a medium nonstick skillet and set aside. To make the dressing, in a small skillet, combine the olive oil and garlic over low heat, cover and cook until the garlic is soft, about 3 minutes. Uncover, increase the heat to moderate, and add the rosemary and thyme. Cook until the herbs begin to sizzle and little bubbles dance around them; do not let the garlic brown. Add the bean cooking liquid and olives, increase the heat to high, and boil for 30 seconds. Scatter the parsley and basil over the beans and pour over the dressing, tossing to coat. Place the beans over high heat and toss frequently until they are hot and have absorbed most of the dressing. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve warm.









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