Argentine Inspired White Bean Salad

This little recipe goes out to my Mama.

She came to visit me a few months back, and we set out one weekend evening for a very girly night of what we thought would be hors d’oeuvres, wine and art galleries followed by an elegant steak-ish dinner.

Our gallery walk turned into a wild goose-chase in uncomfortable shoes, only to find a few sparse galleries pocketed with circles of chubby old men smoking cigars and a single woman with waist-length hair who claimed in her artist’s statement to be attempting to paint the very condition of human kind.



That was the turning point.

No wine.

No hors-day-oov-rays.

Aching heels.

It was time for a stiff cocktail and some seared red meat.

We parked our buttocks at the high bar of one of our favorite steak houses.

We charmed the hostess into refusing to seat anyone in the next two seats so we could feel like we weren’t sitting at the bar with, umm, everyone else at the bar.

And before our food even arrived, (which, strangely, included more tomatoes, shrimp, and crab than steak,) we dipped into some sort of heavenly little white bean concoction that came with our bread.

It was delicious.

I have no idea what it was called.

I was too tired to even ask.

But I tried to recreate something similar here.

You could eat it like a salad over arugula, or baby spinach, or even good ‘ol iceberg if you please.

But I promise you – it’s great with a fat slab of toasted artisan bread too.

Argentine Inspired White Bean Salad

This is by no means an authentic Argentine dish - or maybe it is by a happy accident. (My friend, Gabby D. - are you out there? Do you read this? Can you tell me?? I just pulled flavors from my memory and tried to put together something similar to what we had that night at the Argentine steak house - and I added in the celery for some crunch, and the red pepper for some flavor. I used large and small white beans in the salad pictured, but I think next time I will go with all small for the sake of balancing bites on toast.


  • 2 cans white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup small diced roasted red pepper
  • 1/2 cup small diced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper to taste


In a medium bowl, combine beans, peppers, celery, and red onion.

In a small Tupperware or jar (with a lid), combine garlic, oregano, cilantro, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover with lid and shake well.

Pour dressing over beans.

Eat immediately, or store covered, in the fridge for later.

Serve over fresh greens if desired.



5 thoughts on “Argentine Inspired White Bean Salad

  1. Haha, you never told me that was what that night with your Mom turned out to be! You poor things. Next time kick the hubby and kids out and you and your Mom should create your own (probably WAYYYY better) pieces of artwork instead. 🙂

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