Greek Bean-and-Beet Salad with Skordalia
This boldly flavored salad was inspired by the time Jim Botsacos, the chef at Manhattan's Molyvos, spent in Greece--as well as by his passion for garlic. Since its three main components easily stand on their own, he often serves them as separate dishes for a mezze-style buffet. Gigandes are available at Middle Eastern markets, but large lima, Great Northern, or cannellini are fine substitutes.
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