An easy side salad for the lazy hazy last days of Summer and really good anytime of the year. White Beans from the can which is always in my pantry works to make this an easy simple delicious side salad. You can add some arugula or just serve alongside any protein and it’s perfection with simple ingredients.
1 14 oz. can white beans such as cannellini, rinsed
app. 5 oz. small cherry or grape tomatoes , halved
app. 5 oz. small mozzarella balls such as cilliegine which is available in most grocery stores in an 8 oz. container. You can also use any good quality fresh mozzarella torn into bite size pieces.
1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves , I like them cut up
2 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more if needed —
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper to taste and sometimes a pinch or two of crushed red pepper if you like a little kick
2 Teaspoons good – quality balsamic vinegar, plus more if needed
In a medium bowl, combine the beans, tomatoes, cheese and 1/2 the basil. Gently toss together.
Add the olive oil and season the salad with salt and pepper. Gently stir to combine.
Drizzle the salad with the balsamic vinegar and top with the remaining basil and taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
Add a drizzle or so more of oil and vinegar if needed.