Composed Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Channel your inner food stylist while arranging the beans and vegetables for this show-stopping composed bean salad recipe. Serve at a potluck or for a beautiful salad at brunch alongside grilled chicken, scallops or fish.

Steam green beans in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Spread them out to cool. Meanwhile, combine 1/2 cup basil, shallot, oil, vinegar, honey...


Ingredients

  • Composed Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
  • 2 cups green beans (about 8 ounces), trimmed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, plus 2 tablespoons chopped for garnish
  • 1 small shallot, quartered
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey or agave syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas (see Tip), rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini or navy beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup very thinly sliced radishes

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