White bean salad with sesame dressing

White bean salad with sesame dressing


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White beans, tomatoes, and capsicums are dressed with a savoury tahini dressing in this filling salad. You can make this salad immediately by using canned beans.

Lynn Lewis

Serves: 4 

  • 1 cup (200g) dried small white beans
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cored and diced
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 mild light green banana capsicums, cut in thin strips
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 medium eggs, hard–boiled, sliced
  • 1⁄3 cup (50g) black olives
  • 1⁄2 cup (40g) fresh parsley leaves

Preparation:8hours  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:4hours25min  ›  Ready in:13hours10min 

  1. Soak beans in water overnight. Drain. Place in a pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook 35 minutes or until soft. Let cool in cooking water. Drain.
  2. Place beans in a serving bowl. Add tomatoes, onion and chilies. Whisk oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and stir into salad.
  3. Combine tahini, lemon juice and about 4 tablespoons water in a bowl; stir until smooth. Add salt to taste. Add eggs, olives and parsley to salad. Spoon on sesame dressing.

health guide

Sesame seeds are a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. They also contain two unique substances called sesamin and sesamolin, both of which have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans.

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