By Kate Vaynshteyn at www.babaganosh.org
What says summer like a Caprese salad?
The combination of tomatoes, basil and mozzarella are so iconic, bright and delicious. How could it possibly be improved? With beans, of course!
Our food blogger Kate whipped up the perfect bean salad for summer with her unique take on Caprese salad – Randall Beans style.
Instead of just using basil, as it is regularly used in Caprese salads, Kate incorporates pesto to heighten and enhance that rich basil flavor. Try using your own favorite pesto recipe, using store-bought pesto sauce or using the recipe below! Pesto is really easy to make, just combine all the ingredients in a food processor.
The combination of green beans, kidney beans and great northern beans adds a wonderful variety of flavors, textures. Green beans give the dish a wonderful crunch while kidney and great northern beans are hearty and creamy – the perfect balance to the acidity of the tomatoes and pesto.
We really love this recipe because it’s so simple and easy to make. You can toss this three bean Caprese salad together in about 10 minutes for a last-minute occasion or make it the night before. It will stay well in the fridge for a day or so if you cover it well, making it good leftovers!
This Caprese salad is the perfect side dish for any cookout and is a great pairing with grilled chicken or a juicy burger (or even better a veggie burger!) or a meal all by itself. Makes 6-10 servings, depending on serving sizes.
Want more refreshing and delicious bean salads to include at your spring and summer outdoor cookouts and get-togethers? Don’t miss our Cookbooks. This free collection has bean recipes perfect for cookouts, barbecues, picnics or any occasion where good food, friends and family come together.