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White Bean and Tomato Salad

Look for different sizes, colors, and varieties of tomatoes for the most interesting and delicious salad.

  • servings: 14




  • 1 1/2 pounds dried French navy or great Northern beans
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 medium leeks, white and pale-green parts only
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 bunch fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves only
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, (4 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 tomatoes, (1 3/4 pounds), each cut into 8 wedges


  1. Step 1

    Place beans and 2 1/2 quarts water in a medium stockpot; set over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. When beans are almost done, add 1 teaspoon salt. Continue cooking until beans are tender, about 1 hour. Drain beans in a colander. Transfer to a large bowl, and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Cut leeks in half lengthwise, and place under running water to remove dirt between the layers. Pat dry, and cut leeks crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Cut fennel bulb in half lengthwise, and remove core. Cut into 1-inch wedges, and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices, including stalks.

  3. Step 3

    Heat a medium saute pan over medium-high heat, and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add leeks and fennel, and cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and add to the reserved beans. Add red onion, cucumbers, chives, oregano, and parsley; toss to combine. Add remaining 1/2 cup olive oil and the lemon juice, remaining teaspoon salt, and pepper; toss to combine.

  4. Step 4

    Arrange tomato wedges around the border of a large platter. Spoon the bean mixture into the center of the platter; serve.

Martha Stewart Living, September 1999