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Pizza Salad With Marinated White Beans

Pizza Salad With Marinated White Beans 6.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Aug 28, 2021

This recipe proves that even canned beans can take on a ton of flavor from a marinade, which does double duty as the dressing. To make it vegan, substitute baked tofu for the mozzarella and leave out the Parmesan, or choose a vegan version such as the Violife brand.

Active time: 15 mins; Total time: 45 mins (or up to overnight for marinating beans)

Make Ahead: The beans can be refrigerated for up to 5 days before assembling the salad.


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Tested size: 6 servings

  • For the marinated beans
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • Fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, chopped, or 1 rosemary sprig, left whole
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups cooked white beans, such as cranberry, cannellini, or great northern, or two (15-ounce) cans, rinsed and drained
  • For the salad
  • 5 ounces lettuce, such as bibb, little gem or baby greens of your choice (about 8 cups)
  • 1 pint quartered or sliced tomatoes, preferably grape or ripe heirlooms
  • 1 large shallot (3 ounces), thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces bocconcini (small mozzarella balls) or 1/2-inch cubes fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves, chopped


Make the marinated beans: In a small skillet over medium heat, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, black pepper, basil and red pepper flakes. Toss in the beans, bring the mixture to a simmer, then remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl, and let come to room temperature, about 30 minutes. (If desired, cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 5 days.)

Make the salad: In a large shallow bowl, toss together the lettuce, tomatoes, shallot, mozzarella, Parmesan and basil. Toss in the beans with their marinade and serve.

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Adapted from “The Weekday Vegetarians” by Jenny Rosenstrach (Clarkson Potter, 2021).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (a generous 1 3/4 cups): 357

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 21g 32%

Saturated Fat: 7g 35%

Cholesterol: 23mg 8%

Sodium: 226mg 9%

Total Carbohydrates: 28g 9%

Dietary Fiber: 7g 28%

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 18g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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