Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Antipasto Salad



Whenever I have leftover green beans I make some sort of "antipasto salad". It is so easy and I change it up every time, depending on what I have in the larder.

The main ingredients that are a must are the cooked green beans, salami and red onion. The rest of the components are up to you. Use whatever canned or jarred beans/peppers you have on hand.

This is terrific served on a buffet as a first course, and is great any season.

Here is how I made it this week.

Antipasto Salad:

1 lb. cooked green beans, halved
some good Italian salami, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, minced
1 red pepper, chopped (you can use roasted peppers too)
1 jar of marinated artichokes, drained
1 can garbanzo beans (ceci, chick peas)
1 jar of Lupini beans, pop skins off (these are a pain, but so delicious)

If you don't want to use the Lupini beans, which are cured in brine, and pretty salty, then use kalamata olives instead.

red wine vinegar & good olive oil, salt and black pepper

Mix all ingredients in bowl and make dressing as per your taste. I like more vinegar than oil in this one.



Tomorrow, I will add a can of Italian tuna fish packed in oil to this salad.
A healthy and low fat lunch, and boy do I need it!

19 comments:

Proud Italian Cook said...

Love everything about this Stace and the lupini beans are a great addition. Almost everytime we're at any Italian store here we always get a container to go, they usually have them rinsed so they're not so salty, when we get home we grind black pepper all over them and eat them that way. Try it, it's soo good!

Bluebird NY said...

Wow, this is a gorgeous salad! Perfect for lunch...

kat said...

Yummy, It looks like something we'd get from the deli at the gourmet store

EllenB said...

I need a low fat lunch too! You are making me fat!

Your #1 Fan, Ellen B

Linda said...

This is perfect for these days when we are all suffering from waistbands that won't close readily. I really love any reason to eat those lupini beans. Thanks for the idea and the recipe. I may leave out the salami this time and just add the tuna. Your photo is really beautiful too.

Giff said...

beans!

Maria said...

That big artichoke is calling my name! The salad looks amazing!

LaDue & Crew said...

Looks SO good. I think I may have most all the ingredients too!

Daily Spud said...

Hmm, lupini beans - not one I'm familar with (and I'm a bit of a bean freak!), will have to check them out (and that salad looks great).

Patsyk said...

What a wonderful salad in the midst of all the cold weather! I'd love that for my lunches these days - nice and healthy!

The Food Hunter said...

Funny, I was just talking about Lupini beans this morning. I haven't seen them since moving to Phoenix. Now I have a craving. That salad looks delicious.

Bob said...

Man that looks good. Great shots of it too. :)

Karen said...

Antipasto is one of my favorites - and it's different each time, like you said, depending on what's in the house. I like to add marinated mushrooms and tomatoes - especially grape tomatoes. I haven't had lupini beans; I'll have to look for them... they remind me of fava beans the way you describe eating them.

Sara said...

This looks great, I've never had lupini beans before. I must give them a try.

Peter M said...

STACE!!! Is this the southern or Yankee version?

This takes me back to Lupa with all the Antipasti we had...good times!

noble pig said...

Artichoke hearts are a must in my version...but tonight it was just garbanzo's, tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion...it was all I had.

Navita said...

love ur blog. Its so informative and love all the delicacies u tossed up!antipasto m coming...lol

M new on blogosphere...a 2 month old blog n wud love it if u cud stop by! :)

SarahB said...

Oh those chunks of salami! I'd be picking those out and popping them in my mouth!

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