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Simple to throw together, this bean salad is a delightful classic, brought to life with fragrant herbs fresh from the garden.

Butter bean salad. Photographer: Jana Langhorst
Serves: 6
Fresh from the garden: Shallots or spring onions, soft herbs
Season: All

Note: You can use other herbs and small leaves, depending on what’s growing in your garden.


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What to do

  • 1. Prepare all of the ingredients based on the instructions in the ingredients list.

  • 2. Open the cans of beans and tip them into the colander. Rinse (you can reserve the rinsing water and use it on the garden) and tip into the large bowl.

  • 3. Add the spring onion or shallot along with the herbs.

  • 4. Add the olive oil, a splash of red wine vinegar and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Stir gently to combine the ingredients and taste, adding more salt and pepper or olive oil as needed.

  • 5. Spoon into a salad bowl and serve.

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