"I cribbed this salad from my grandmother Nonna," Maria Helm Sinskey says. "She'd toss leftover beans with greens and lemon juice." This version has toasted croutons; the lemon juice is mixed into a refreshing dressing. More Recipes With Canned Beans

1996 Best New Chef Maria Helm Sinskey
Maria Helm Sinskey
December 2006


Credit: © Frances Janisch

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35 mins
50 mins


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  • In a bowl, combine the shallot, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar. Season with salt and pepper; let sit for 10 minutes. Whisk in 6 tablespoons of the oil. Transfer 1/4 cup of the dressing to a bowl, add the beans and parsley and let stand for 30 minutes.

  • In a skillet, cook the pancetta over moderate heat, stirring, until crisp, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a plate. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet, then stir in the toasted bread and toss to coat.

  • Add the bread to the beans with the escarole and remaining dressing. Season with salt and pepper, toss and serve.

Make Ahead

The salad can be prepared through Step 2 up to 4 hours ahead.