On a mission to eat more beans to alkaline my body, and stay healthy, I came across some bean salads that I wanted to try. This recipe is adjusted slightly to incorporate my own flavors of liking. It came out pretty tasty. Makes a great side dish, or main dish. Next time, I will be adding asparagus as well. Don't be afraid to add some chicken if you want to incorporate some meat.
1Soak beans overnight. Drain and rinse, discarding any bad ones.
In a large pot, bring beans (with water about 2 inches above the beans) to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Drain and set aside.
NOTE: If you want to cut down the time and not cook your own beans, just buy the beans in a can, drain and rinse before using.
2While beans are cooking, roast the garlic. Cut the top off the garlic, place on a sheet of tinfoil, drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, wrap in tinfoil, and roast at 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. Remove and let cool.
3Once garlic is cool, squeeze out the garlic into a food processor (or blender). Zest and juice the lemon into the processor, add Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, and blend, scraping sides once. Slowly add the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil. You are basically making a dressing for the bean salad to be tossed in.
4Transfer beans to a large bowl, add the chopped tomatoes, parsley and dressing. Gently toss to coat.
Season to taste.