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Recipe Alexandra Fitchener of Girasole Creation

White Bean Salad

Full of bright beautiful colors and flavors, this hearty salad will help you transition from the foods of summer to those of fall. Enjoy this as a light dinner or as a side dish.

White Bean Salad


  • 1 cup great northern bean, dry
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup sweet bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dill, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 teaspoons capers, including juice
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions for parents or teachers:

  1. Cook the dry beans by placing 4 c cold water and beans to a high sided pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. After 1.5 hrs, check the softness of the beans and continue to cook until soft, with a slight bite. Drain the cooked beans and allow to cool.
  2. Mix celery, red onion, sweet bell pepper, cilantro and dill in with the cooked beans.
  3. Make the dressing by mixing the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, capers and salt and pepper in a jar and pour onto the bean salad.

Instructions for kids:

  1. Help your parent or teacher measure out the ingredients using 1, 1/2 and 1/4 c measuring utensils.
  2. Pick the cilantro and dill leaves off the stem and set aside for your adult to chop.


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