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Potpourri Bean Salad

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Potpourri Bean Salad
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 15 min
  • Servings 16
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Popular bean salad becomes memorable when you add herbs and a dressing of mellow, slightly sweet balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Ingredients

2
(15.5-oz.) cans light or dark red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
2
cups chopped tomatoes
1
cup sliced celery
1
medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
3
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2
tablespoons olive oil
1/2
teaspoon dried basil leaves or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  • 1 In large bowl, combine beans, tomatoes, celery and bell pepper; mix well.
  • 2 In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour over bean mixture; mix gently. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours to blend flavors. If desired, garnish with julienne strips of yellow bell pepper.
Tips  

OLIVE OIL Prized for its contribution to salads and cooked dishes, olive oil is the cornerstone of Italian cooking. It is graded according to acidity levels in the oil. The highest quality of oil will have the least amount of acid but the best flavor. Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality and the most expensive. Pure or virgin olive oil is the lowest grade and is most suitable for cooking, because the flavor of extra virgin olive oil tends to break down at frying temperatures. In general, the deeper the color of the olive oil, the more intense the olive flavor. Olive oil has no cholesterol. A light olive oil, lighter in color and fragrance, is now available. However, this oil contains the same amount of fat and calories as regular olive oil and has little of the classic flavor. In a cool, dark place, olive oil will keep for up to six months. In the refrigerator, olive oil can be stored for up to one year; however it will become cloudy and thick when chilled. Let refrigerated olive oil warm to room temperature before using it.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Calories
70
(
Calories from Fat
20
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
2g
3%
(
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
)
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
105mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
9g
3%
(
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
,
Sugars
1g
)
Protein
3g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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