Cannellini Bean Salad

A white plate with a mound of cannellini bean salad and a bunch of grape tomatoes on the vine.

Tomatoes grow on bushes, not vines, yet we call tomatoes sold on the stem “vine tomatoes,” probably because they look vaguely like a bunch of grapes. Roasted on their stems, they keep that just-picked look on the plate.–Alastair Hendy

LC Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts Note

This recipe is ridiculously greater than the sum of its parts. The tapenade element in the vinaigrette is one we’ll remember and try again, perhaps with steamed green beans, boiled new potatoes, tuna canned in olive oil, and a deconstructed salad of feta, tomatoes, and red onion. That’s just for starters. Got an idea for how else to use it? Let us know in a comment below.

Cannellini Bean Salad

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  • 30 M
  • 55 M
  • Serves 6
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Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

Place the beans, onion, garlic, parsley, and tapenade in a large bowl and stir gently. Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice and add to the beans. Stir in about 2 tablespoons olive oil and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, arrange the tomato “vines” (or the smaller tomatoes) in a single layer on a baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until the tomato skins are lightly blistered, 6 to 8 minutes. Let stand at room temperature.

To serve, spread the bean salad over serving plates, add a “vine” of tomatoes to each plate, and spoon over any remaining bean dressing and tomato roasting juices. Dress liberally with more olive oil.

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    Tuxedo Variation

    • Main Course Cannellini Bean Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Fish
    • Tux variation

      Make this side dish into a more substantial something by placing chunks of blackened salmon, roasted cod, sautéed mullet, grilled monkfish, or the like alongside or atop the bean salad.

    Recipe Testers' Reviews

    This recipe is tasty and easy to make. The baby vine tomatoes make a beautiful presentation, but the dish would be just as tasty—and less expensive—with grape or cherry tomatoes. I made this for my mom, sister, and daughter. My sister liked the lemony fresh taste. My daughter thought it was really good, but would have liked a bit more tapenade in the mix. She thought it was also better with the tomatoes mashed and mixed into the salad. I’ll definitely make this again—and add a little more tapenade.

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