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Bread and White Bean Salad with Feta & Basil

Bread and White Bean Salad

5,000 likes on facebook! :)Yesterday my little blog reached a new milestone: 5,000 “likes” on my facebook page. I was so excited I took a screenshot! … I have met sooo many wonderful foodie friends through this blog. It has been an incredibly rewarding journey for me. My foodie friends take me on culinary journeys all over the world, but not only that, they lift me up when I am down, they always have a cheery good morning and a good night, a cup of hot coffee, and oh the amazing foods we share. We have parties together, share stories, food, music, drinks … They are my inspiration, but more than that, they are my friends … I want to do something to celebrate and thank all of you but I wasn’t quite sure what to do. One of my friends suggested “5 different things” … we tossed around some ideas for that … at first I was thinking party foods, but I think I will go with 5 favorite foods.

First of Five Favorites: Salad. One of my very favorite foods is salad. I loooove salad! I think I could eat salad every day. Salads are often meals for me. I dress them up with all sorts of things, and I love to make my own salad dressings. And I love sharing my salads with my foodie friends.

For this salad, I wanted to do something like an Italian Bread Salad with my sunflower spinach parmesan bread, but I didn’t follow a recipe. This salad just sort of “happened”, like a lot of recipes in my kitchen do. I just wing it. Most of the time it turns out pretty good. This one was really good, but I’ll warn you it’s super garlicky. Personally I like that. One of the things I want to do before I die is to get to the garlic festival in Gilroy, CA. I already have two garlic cookbooks from there and they are very well used. We drove through Gilroy once. You can smell the amazing garlic from inside the car. For a couple minutes, our car smelled like an Italian kitchen. I bet everyone in Gilroy cooks with a LOT of garlic. I think I’d fit right in …

Bread & White Bean Salad with Feta and Basil

Bread and White Bean Salad with Feta & Basil

Makes 1 “meal-sized” salad or 2-3 side salads. Multiple if you are cooking for more people!

Croutons

Beans
  • 1/2 cup cooked Great Northern, Cannellini or other white beans
  • 2 whole canned tomatoes
  • Granulated garlic
  • Red Robin seasoning (or seasoned salt)
  • Italian seasoning

Salad

  • Mixed greens
  • Red onions, thinly sliced
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Sunflower seeds, toasted
  • Lowfat garlic ranch dressing (I used this one) … or I think a garlicky balsamic vinaigrette would be nice on this salad too …

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil and granulated garlic. Cut the bread into cubes, and brush lightly with the olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees for about 5 – 10 minutes or until the bread is toasted and crunchy.
  2. While the croutons are baking, put the beans in a small bowl and crush the tomatoes over them, allowing the juices to drip into the beans, then add the tomatoes. Season to taste with garlic, Red Robin seasoning and Italian seasoning. Heat the beans in the microwave or a small pan till they are hot.
  3. Assemble the salad: in a salad bowl, toss the greens with the onions, beans, and croutons. Sprinkle with feta, basil leaves, and sunflower seeds and drizzle with the dressing.

Bread & White Bean Salad with Feta & Basil

This recipe was shared at Totally Tasty TuesdaysMidweek Fiesta, Cast Party Wednesday, Tastetastic Thursdays, Fit & Fabulous Fridays and Weekend Potluck.

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13 responses

  1. Looks amazing! Lovely recipe.

    March 20, 2012 at 7:15 am

  2. Melody DeGray

    Looks delish!! Can’t wait to try this :) Perfect summer time meal!!

    March 20, 2012 at 7:55 am

    • Ann

      Exactly! Thanks Melody :)

      March 20, 2012 at 8:36 am

  3. Gilroy is about 30 minutes from me! We’d just moved here around festival time last year and missed it, but this year it’s on my bucket list!! Can’t wait!

    March 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

    • Ann

      That is SO cool Kate! I wish I could go with you :)

      March 20, 2012 at 8:35 am

  4. I love your salad ideas, too! I am always looking for new ways to make salads because I eat them a lot, too. So excited for summer and all of the fresh fruits and veggies to make them even more fun.

    March 20, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    • Ann

      Me too Brianne! I revel in all the fun salad combinations of summer :)

      March 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm

  5. This looks to have the perfect combination of creamy, crunchy, herby, and salty. I can’t wait to try it.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    • Ann

      It’s delicious … hope you like it! :)

      March 23, 2012 at 8:32 am

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  9. Delicious!!! You are the salad genius!! I love all of your creative salad recipes. :)

    March 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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