Warm Bean Salad with Balsamic-Bacon Vinaigrette

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Servings: 4
  • About This Recipe

    “I’m on a balsamic vinegar kick so this recipe is on deck for my next big meal. This is from my new cookbook “A New Way To Cook.””


    Balsamic Bacon Vinaigrette

  • 1ouncethick-sliced lean bacon or 1ouncethick-sliced pancetta, cut into 1/4″ dice
  • 3mediumonions, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2bay leaves
  • 1/3 cupbalsamic vinegar
  • 2tablespoonswater( or reserved bean cooking liquid)
  • 3cupsdrained and cooked beans or 3cupsdrained and cooked lentils, or canned beans rinsed well and drained
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cupfresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Directions

  • To make the dressing, put the bacon in a medium heavy nonstick skillet set over moderately low heat, cover and cook until it’s crisp and browned and has rendered it’s fat out, about 8 minutes Add the onions, cover and cook until they are wilted, about 5 minutes adding 1 Tbls of water if necessary to prevent sticking Remove the lid and continue cooking until the onions are golden brown, about 8 minutes Add the bay leaves, balsamic vinegar and water, simmer for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the beans and salt to taste.
  • Simmer 5-10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the beans are heated through Pepper generously and stir in the parsley.
  • Serve warm.
  • Reviews

  • “I really enjoyed the flavor the balsamic vinegar added to this dish. It was very easy to assemble. I am looking forward to taking the leftovers to work with me. I for sure will be making this again. Thanks for posting it.”

  • “A salad with lots of potential but for me it needed a little tweaking. I needed about half as much vinegar again because so much evaporated in the first few seconds (so about 1/2 cup total) and I also thought it needed some sugar to balance the tartness of the vinegar. I probably added about 2 tablespoons of sugar and still found it a little tart. Depending on your preferences, you might add up to 1/4 cup sugar. Love the bacon in here. I had a little bit warm but it is good cold as well.”