Got Tomatoes?

We do!

Oh, wait. Not those – the cherry tomatoes are Angel’s.

Yes. All of them.

There. Those are mine. Or rather, the kitchen’s. Another 6 pounds this morning. There’s 4+ pounds cooking down to sauceย in the crock pot right now, but those were from last week, and some of them were none too pretty…

Every meal features tomatoes in some form these days. Even for the Birthday Party, there was a bowl of White Bean and Tomato Salad on the table for the grown-ups!

Taking inspiration (and most of the recipe!) from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes (if you’re not reading her, you should be…), a can of cannellini beans and some home-grown tomatoes turned into one of the best salads I could have put on the table.

White Bean, Tomato and Arugula Salad

1 15oz. can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped

A couple of handfuls of baby arugula or baby spinach, if you prefer

Dressing Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 3-inch sprig of fresh rosemary

1/4 cup grated Romano cheese

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/4 cup lemon juice

Make the dressing first: Put the oil, rosemary and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Warm it until you hear the rosemary and garlic start to sizzle a bit. Turn off the heat, and let the oil infuse for 20 minutes or so.

Discard the rosemary sprig, and fish out the garlic. Set the oil aside. Put the garlic, cheese, salt, pepper, zest, and lemon juice in a food processor (or use an immersion blender) and pulse until smooth. Gently stir into the beans until they’re coated. Let them sit to absorb the flavors.

15 minutes before serving time, add the reserved oil, chopped tomatoes, and arugula.


Find the original recipe here


32 thoughts on “Got Tomatoes?

  1. Glad to see your tomatoes are coming in so well. I took a look at this salad’s ingredients and pinned it right away. I’ll be making this for Zia when I return there next month. It will make a perfect lunch or side for us. Thanks, Marie. I’ll tell her it’s from Li’l Angel’s Grandma. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I so wish I had that many tomatoes!! Once again, I’m so jealous over all you gardeners!! It would be no problem to have tomatoes every day during the summer. Great salad; love the bite of argula with the tomatoes!

    • Oh, that’s too bad! We have blight in the region this year, too, but not nearly as bad as it was about three years ago. Bagging and getting rid of the diseased plants seems to have kept it in check this time…

  3. White beans in the salad–great idea. No, I do not have tomatoes. But there are rumors a few might make it before the snow flies.

  4. Gorgeous salad i must go and check to see how the lettuce is growing.. and sow some more. i have tomatoes in the crock pot almost all day and night and STILL i have only a little in the freezer. We keep EATING it on everything, it is so good.. c

    • No lettuce in my plot right now, the arugula came from the farm where Angel met the goats. Need to sow more…
      I know what you mean – the batch that was cooking when I wrote this has been turned into sauce for tonight’s pasta.

  5. I don’t have my own tomatoes, but I will definitely try this salad with some bought ones as I love white beans too. And garlic! It sounds really tasty! Thanks Marie! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. We stuck with cherry tomatoes this year, so I could grow them in a large container and wrap netting around to keep the chipmunks away. But they put a hex on the container, preventing the cherries from ripening. I think I need a recipe for green cherry tomato salad.

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