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White Bean Salad With Spicy Roasted Tomatoes and Broccoli

A lunchtime bowl includes white beans and broccoli, two foods high in fiber, which can lower cholesterol and may help prevent type-2 diabetes. Tomatoes bring lycopene to the substantial salad. The ingredients can be prepared the day before and refrigerated. Return to Healthy Lessons in Lunch Menu.

  • servings: 4
Photography: Yunhee Kim




  • 2 bunches broccoli, trimmed, florets and stems cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 pound large cherry tomatoes, halved (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups drained jarred or canned large white beans, such as large lima beans or gigande beans
  • 2 ounces baby spinach (about 2 cups)


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss together broccoli, half the garlic, 2 teaspoons oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, and arrange on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until broccoli is just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool completely.

  2. Step 2

    Toss together tomatoes, remaining garlic, the oregano, red pepper flakes, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon oil. Arrange on baking sheet. Roast until tomatoes have softened and skins begin to wrinkle, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool completely.

  3. Step 3

    Whisk mustard, vinegar, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Whisk in remaining 2 teaspoons oil; season with pepper.

  4. Step 4

    Just before serving, toss together beans, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, and dressing. Salad can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 8 hours.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2006