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Cannellini Bean Salad with Marinated Alaria

cannellini bean salad with marinated alaria

Made with Irish Wakame seaweed, which has a sweetish taste, this filling salad is perfect for making in bulk. With mango, raisins, chilli, citrus and coriander too, it hits lots of summer notes.

Ingredients

Alaria seaweed

25g (1oz) raisins

juice of 2 lemons

100ml (31/2 fl oz) olive oil

1/2 onion chopped finely

2 garlic cloves, chopped finely

1/2 red chilli, seeds removed, sliced finely

1/4 teaspoon black onion seeds

450g (1lb) cooked cannellini beans or 2 tins

2 bananas

1/2 a mango, fresh, cubed or chopped roughly

marinated alaria (recipe below)

large fistful coriander leaves, chopped coriander leaves to decorate

CorianderLeaves

Coriander leaves

To prepare the salad

1. Soak the raisins in lemon juice to allow them to plump up.

2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté onion until transparent. Add the garlic, chilli and onion seeds and sauté for 2–3 minutes. Set aside to cool.

3.  Rinse the cannellini beans under cold running water, drain well and place in a large bowl.

4. Add the lemon juice and raisins stirring to coat the beans. Toss in the cooled onion and chilli. Slice the bananas and toss in immediately to prevent blackening. Add the mango, marinated alaria and coriander. Mix gently and decorate with the coriander leaves.

To marinade the alaria 

Alaria needs to be simmered for around 40 minutes because the midrib is quite tough.

Marinated Alaria can be used to stir through other salads, or as a side dish with grains.

2 x 15cm (6 inch) pieces of fresh Alaria cut into 1–2.5cm ( 1/2 – 1 inch) pieces or same length (about 3g) of dried Alaria, snipped.

1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce

3 garlic cloves, crushed

2 teaspoons honey

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon grated ginger

A dash of toasted sesame oil

1.  Soak the alaria in just enough tepid water to cover it for 20 minutes.

2.  In a small saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients except the sesame oil and boil for 1 minute over moderate heat.

3. Add the alaria and a little of the soak water to the saucepan and bring back to the boil, uncovered. Simmer for 40 minutes or until the mid-rib is very tender.

4. Add some more of the soak water if needed and continue to boil until the mid rib is very soft.

5. Remove from the heat, add a dash of toasted sesame oil and taste for sweetness, adding more honey if needed.

How to perfect cooking dried beans

As a general guide use just less than half the cooked quantities if using dried beans. For this recipe use 200g (7oz) of dried cannellini beans. Rinse well under a cold tap and soak in plenty of water overnight with a piece of kelp to help soften the beans. Change the water and bring to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes then rinse and drain. This helps to remove the indigestible starches. Cover the beans with cold water again and add back in the piece of kelp. Bring to the boil and simmer until cooked, about one hour. Drain and rinse with cold water. Discard the kelp as it will have disintegrated.

Prannie Rhatigan is part of Miele’s spring/summer cooking demo programme, which features themed lessons with chefs and food producers of notes, including JP McMahon, David and Stephen of The Happy Pear and Niall Hill of The Butler’s Pantry. To book a place email [email protected]

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