Mediterranean tomato and bean salad



15 min


20 min


6 Cups

Mediterranean tomato and bean salad

Mediterranean tomato and bean salad

Crunchy green beans, pert grape tomatoes and store-bought pesto star in this fragrant starter.


  • 3 cups green beans
  • 1/2 fennel bulb
  • 1/2 cup marinated artichoke hearts , drained
  • 540-mL can of your favourite beans
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup pesto , preferably Olivieri or homemade
  • generous pinch salt , optional
  • 1 lemon


  • Partially fill a large frying pan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, trim beans and cut in half. When water is boiling, add beans and cook until tender-crisp, 2 to 3 min. Drain, then plunge into a bowl of ice water and drain again. Dry well.
  • Cut and discard core and most of the feathery fronds from fennel. Slice fennel into thin strips. Coarsely chop artichokes. Rinse and drain canned beans. Place all in a large bowl. Add fresh beans, tomatoes and pesto. Stir to evenly coat. Taste and add salt if needed. Squeeze about 1 tbsp (15 mL) juice from lemon overtop and stir. Garnish with feathery fronds, if you like. Serve the same day it’s made or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Flavour improves as it sits, but if salad is dry, stir in a little more pesto.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 95,
  • Protein
  • 3 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15 g,
  • Fat
  • 4 g,
  • Fibre
  • 4 g,
  • Sodium
  • 316 mg.