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3 bean salad - any ideas?

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calpopscalum Thu 30-Jun-05 19:30:04

having a big BBQ on Sat and bought a tin of 3 bean salad. Obviously I'll drain and rinse but can't think of what dressing to give the beans. Any ideas?

Also any ideas of quick and easy desserts - wasn't going to bother as they never ususally get eaten but now DH and friends are moaning!! Thought abou putting out some tubs of ice cream, cones and flakes, also maybe a quicka nd easy trifle. Any ideas gratefully received!


bundle Thu 30-Jun-05 19:32:29

put some celery and red onions in for bite, and use a french dressing

spidermama Thu 30-Jun-05 19:33:23

...with lots of garlic.

lucy5 Thu 30-Jun-05 19:34:04

I would just put oil and balsalmic vinegar or olive oil, lemon juice and fresh mint. The last bb I had I bought mini cornettos and ice cream truffles (dont know if you can buy those in uk though.

Mum2Ela Thu 30-Jun-05 19:39:19

beans nice in cooked pasta and phaps a bit of mayo, like a pasta salad then.

How bought massive load of fruit on a tray (melons, strawberries, mango) for desert?

spidermama Thu 30-Jun-05 19:39:32

Mmmmm! And garlic. This is making me hungry.

lunachic Thu 30-Jun-05 19:43:08

grated carrot nice with beans too
vote for french dressing too !

Mum2Ela Thu 30-Jun-05 19:46:26

like garlic do you spidermama? ;)

tassis Thu 30-Jun-05 19:46:27

lots of fruit maybe?

pineapple, strawberries and grapes usually go down well

You could have a chocolate fondue (choc and cream) to dip them in

spidermama Thu 30-Jun-05 20:24:15

Stop with the fruit. What happened to good honest chocolate cake? I have a dangerously delectable new recipe. More like mousse than cake.

calpopscalum Thu 30-Jun-05 21:11:34

MMmmmm thanks girls!! Now to decide.... Might have to buy some more tins!!

May put the fruit out for the guests and hide somewhere with the choccie cake myself! Spidermama do you have the recipe PLEASE!!!!!

expatinscotland Thu 30-Jun-05 21:14:24

I do mine as follows:

Two chopped tomatoes
One chopped red onion
One can cannellini beans
One can red kidney beans
One can flageolet beans or cut green beans
Handful of fresh chopped coriander
Sprinkling of Lakeland's 'Good with Everything' seasoning
Pour over Paul Newman's Balsamic Vinaigrette to taste

Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

Serve w/grilled ciabatta bread.

lunachic Thu 30-Jun-05 23:46:39

spidermama you cant tantalise us with such a divine sounding chocolate cake and not share the recipe -can you ?

lunachic Thu 30-Jun-05 23:47:08

recipe purlease !!

evansmummy Sun 03-Jul-05 22:15:39

It's blatantly too late, but for next time, this is the best bean salad in the world.

Fry a good teaspoon of cumin seeds and a finely chopped red chilli in a bit of olive oil for a few seconds.

Add some chopped smoked bacon (rashers, or lardons, or nay smoked bacon). Fry til golden.

Add the drained beans (or lentils or anything like that), two or three finely chopped spring onions, the juice of one lemon, and heat through.

Arrange some mixed salad leaves on a plate, spoon over the warm beans and top with a spoon of soured cream, fromage frais or plain yoghurt.


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