© Martin Morrell
Cranberry Bean Salad with Celery, Basil and Mint
- ACTIVE: 20 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN Plus overnight soaking
- SERVINGS: 8
In Russia, people often make this red lobio with kidney beans. The recipe below substitutes cranberry beans because they have a creamier texture.
- 1 pound dried cranberry beans (2 1/2 cups), soaked overnight and drained
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced crosswise
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 1 fresh red chile, seeded and minced
- 1/2 cup chopped basil
- 1/4 cup chopped mint
- In a large pot, cover the beans with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Cover the pot partially and simmer the beans over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 1 hour. Add more water, if necessary, to keep the beans covered. Drain the beans, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
- In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, oil and mustard and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the beans to a large bowl. Add the celery, jalapeño, red chile, the reserved bean cooking liquid and the dressing; toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Let the salad stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the basil and mint and serve.