Andouille salad, a nod to the American South, features pink rounds of the smoky sausage mingling with heirloom Steuben beans, Vidalia onions, yellow cherry tomatoes, Kirby cucumbers, and chopped jalapeno.
Make the beans: Soak beans overnight; drain. Put beans, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves into a medium pot; cover with cold water by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil, stir, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender; begin checking after 30 minutes (cooking times will vary). Stir in salt. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Drain beans, and discard herbs and garlic; set beans aside.
Make the salad: Put onion and jalapeno into a medium bowl; stir in vinegar and 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon oil. Add warm beans; season with salt and pepper. Let stand until beans are cool. Stir in cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, and remaining tablespoon oil.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat; add just enough oil to coat skillet. Add sausage, and cook, flipping once, until browned and heated through, about 2 minutes per side. Add to salad, and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
You can use black-eyed peas as a substitute for the Steuben beans.