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Cathy's Tomato-Bean Salad Recipe

Cathy's Tomato-Bean Salad Recipe

As far back as I can recall, my mother and grandmother made this salad...with a few of the ingredients "missing". You see, one night, I was preparing dinner for my future husband—who just happened to be a chef. Naturally, I wanted to impress him with my cooking! But my cupboards were bare—except for a can of "chick-peas" and one of olives. Into the salad they went. That was nearly 7 years ago now...and I'm still serving it the same way today!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, sliced thick
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 can (6 ounces) medium pitted ripe olives, drained and halved
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 5 to 6 large fresh basil leaves, snipped or 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  • 1. In a large salad bowl, layer beans, tomatoes, onion and olives. Combine all remaining ingredients; pour over vegetables.
  • 2. Cover and chill at least 3 hours or overnight. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

Diabetic Exchanges: One serving (without add salt) equals 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 fat; also, 178 calories, 333 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 19 gm carbohydrate, 4 gm protein, 10 gm fat.