there’s a salad bar in hyderabad ….they specialise in salads made of soybean and its by products such as tofu etc…..why am i telling you this?? its called bean me up …. that’s what i thought of when i made this salad…
i had some cooked kidney / rajma beans in the fridge and wanted to use them up….k isnt very fond of rajma…..prepared as a gravy curry, we always have leftovers….so instead this time i made as much as i could finish without force feeding myself rajma over 6 meals!! and left the boiled beans in the fridge a couple of days till i could think of something in which i could use them up…..this salad was most fitting….not to mention, the fresh home grown basil (the seeds of which were sent to me a few months ago by deeba) and lemon juice added to the flavours….serve as a side with main course….. i had a whole bowlful and made a meal out it or of it….
for the bean salad
1 cup cooked rajma/ kidney beans
1 cup peeled and diced cucumber
1/2 c diced firm tomato
2-3 T sliced green olives ( i rinsed olives preserved in brine)
salt to taste
2 T fresh basil leaves, torn
1 T fresh coriander leaves
1 T EVOO
1 t lemon juice
1/2 t freshly ground pepper
to make the dressing, whis, together with a fork in a bowl, the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, basil leaves and coriander leaves. mix together in a bowl the cucumber, tomato, kidney beans and olives. pour the dressing over the salad and tos well. chill before serving.