Mediterranean Bean Salad

Summer is almost here – which means, picnics, parties, and last-minute gatherings are right around the corner.  This simple, healthy, and delicious bean salad brings together classic Mediterranean flavors, and can be made the day before or day of – and guests will rave over the bold flavors.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked or canned beans (I used black and red bean)
  • 1 green pepper, chopped in bite size pieces
  • 1/2 white onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, minced
  • 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup light oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until well incorporated.  Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving. For an extra boost of flavor, add crumbled feta or gorgonzola or your favorite olives. Serve with homemade Italian bread!

Buon apetito!

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