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Shell Bean Salad

Purslane has a lemon undertone that sharply contrasts with the earthiness of the beans; look for it at farmers' markets or specialty stores from July to October. If purslane is not available, use watercress instead.

  • Servings: 8
Shell Bean Salad


  • For the Dressing:
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeds and ribs removed, chile finely chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, pepper finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • For the Salad:
  • 8 ounces fresh cranberry beans shelled (about 3/4 cup)
  • 6 ounces flat Italian beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 ounces haricots verts, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces shelled edamame (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 8 ounces canned chickpeas, rinsed (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 cup small cherry tomatoes (red, orange, or yellow, or a combination)
  • 1/2 bunch purslane (2 ounces)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Parchment Bread, substitute store-bought flatbread, for serving


  1. Make the Dressing: Whisk garlic, jalapeno, bell pepper, herbs, vinegar, and salt. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Season with pepper.

  2. Make the Salad: Prepare an ice-water bath. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cranberry beans, and cook 7 minutes. Add Italian beans and haricots verts, and cook 3 minutes. Add edamame, and cook 2 minutes more. Using a slotted spoon, transfer all the beans to the ice-water bath. Drain, and pat dry.

  3. Toss beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, and purslane with dressing. Season with salt and pepper, and serve with bread.

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