Sunday, February 7, 2010

Pressure Cooker Love and Simple White Bean Salad

I inherited a pressure cooker just over one year ago. It is not new or fancy, but it has my heart. I used to use beans from a can because otherwise beans can take forever to cook and that requires advance planning, and I haven't always specialized in that. But a good pressure cooker can change your life.

I can now cook beans in 25 minutes. Without ever remembering to soak. Awesome. I never buy hummus anymore because I can make my own on a whim and for super cheap. Cooking brown rice or any grain for that matter: much, much faster. A pressure cooker makes eating legumes and grains so much easier. And for when even those 25 minutes seem like too long, I often cook a double batch of beans and freeze half of them for later for something quick.

Which is exactly what I did tonight. I pulled out some white beans I had cooked weeks ago and frozen, defrosted and tossed with a simple vinaigrette. A perfectly simple salad. And tasty too. Enough to make you think long and hard about purchasing or hopefully inheriting a pressure cooker of your very one.

Simple White Bean Salad
adapted from Elise Bauer

  • 1  1/2 cups white beans, cooked
  • 2 Tbsp chopped red onion (a sweet onion is also nice here)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry herbs de provence (crumbled) OR 1 teaspoon of some combination of finely chopped rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and lavender (I used thyme, tarragon and a pinch of lavender)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


After you chop up the onion, squeeze a little lemon juice over it and let it sit while prepping the other ingredients. Alternately, you can puree the entire dressing including the onion as I did.
Combine all ingredients into a serving dish. You can serve right away if you want, but if you chill for a few hours, the flavors will come together better.
Serves 4. Lasts a couple of days in the refrigerator.

1 comment:

  1. That was very easy with all stuff from the pantry. Thanks. Just made it since we don't have a refrigerator...


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