I can almost hear you thinking, “Simple! What is simple about soaking and cooking beans, boiling eggs, and preparing a homemade dressing?” but I promise it is true! Let’s break it down. The beans can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for several days, or they can be pre-cooked beans from a can (drained and rinsed, of course). Boiled eggs take roughly 10 minutes from fridge, to pot, to ice bath, to peeled and quartered, ready to be eaten. The Sauce, otherwise known as champagne vinaigrette, takes 2 minutes and a mason jar. So toss up some leafy greens, throw in a generous handful of vegetables and you can have a gorgeous, healthy meal in well under 30 minutes.
Green Salad with White Beans, Boiled Egg
salad greens (be adventurous and hop off the Iceberg; try green leaf, red leaf, romain, butterhead,arugula, or get really crazy with kale, chard, dandelion or escarole)
cooked white beans (aiming for toothsome, not mushy)
red bell pepper
The Sauce|Champagne Vinaigrette
adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
2 Tbs. champagne vinegar
1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 to 5 Tbs. good extra virgin olive oil
(try this, and then play around with the ratios. Jason and I love a vinaigrette with a bit of a bite and a lovely, well-emuslified consistency. You may like something milder, or just different.)
Combine vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a mason or jelly jar. Swirl, or shake, to combine, then add oil. Now put the lid on, and shake what your momma gave you (and the jar, too). Continue to shake until oil and vinegar have emulsified (combined in such a way that they are not separate from one another).