Gigante Bean Salad


Have you ever tasted a large bean? They're very common in Greece. We created a lovely filling and flavorful Gigante bean salad, give it a try!

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Gigante bean salad
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2016-05-18, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 25 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 20-07-2022

25 minutes 4 people Main course
Gigante bean salad


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  • 250 gram dried Gigante beans (Greek beans) *see note
  • large handful of fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 spring onion
  • large handful of radishes
  • 1 cucumber or 2 small cucumbers
  • a handful of pitted green olives of your choice (we've used our own marinated olive, e.g. this recipe)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (you can also use oil from the jar of tomatoes)
  • pepper and salt to taste
Gigante bean salad ingredients
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  • large bowl
  • cling film
  • colander
  • large pan
  • cutting board & chef's knife
  • salad spinner

Gigante Bean Salad

25 minutes 4 people Main course

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Preparation -- 20 minutes

tip: soak the dried beans overnight, with a minimum of 12 hours.  

Fill a large pan with water and salt, bring to a boil. Drain the soaked beans and add them to the boiling water. Cook them until they're softened enough, which will take about 15 to 20 minutes.  

Meanwhile, rinse the spinach leaves and use a salad spinner to get rid of the excess water. Rinse the cucumber and radishes. Cut the cucumber, radishes and spring onion into slices.

Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves, spring onion and chop the sun-dried tomatoes in small pieces.

Finishing the Gigante bean salad -- 5 minutes

Drain the beans and combine the beans, cucumber and radish slices, chopped garlic and sun-dried tomatoes in the large bowl. Add olive oil or you can also use some of the oil from the tomato jar.

Tear the spinach leaves into pieces and add them along with the olives and spring onion to finish the salad. Season with pepper and salt.

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