Red Bean Salad Recipe
Simple red bean salad made with minimal ingredients, just the way I like it. In general I love dishes or salads that are made with only a few important components. To me those are simpler, richer, tastier and easier to digest.
This red bean salad was the first comfort food of Fall season.
Originally my grandmother, from mom’s side, was from a beautiful Armenian region called Syuinq, town called Kapan. That region grew the best and the most delicious beans in Armenia.
Every Fall , our relatives from Kapan would send us many goodies such as honey, walnuts, beans, my favorite sweet, white pomegranates and more. The first thing that my mom would make was the red bean salad. Those beans tasted so good, we’d eat them without any spice or special seasonings.
I doubt they grow these beans here in US, as I’ve never seen nor tasted anything that good, as the ones from Kapan.
To keep it short, let’s get to the preparation of the simplest red bean salad.
Thank you and happy cooking!
1 ½ cups dry red beans
Hot water for wetting the beans
Cold water to start the cooking
More hot water to continue cooking
1 small onion, slice to semicircles
Fresh parsley and cilantro 2-3 tbs
Salt to taste
Cayenne, paprika ⅓ tsp or to taste
2-3 tbs olive oil
Start by wetting the beans in hot water, 2-4 hours or overnight if you prefer
Discard the water, add cold water, just enough to cover the beans
Cook over medium to high heat and bring to a boil
Discard that water, add warm or hot water, salt and cook over medium to low heat 45-60 minutes or until cooked
Strain the water
Add onions, peppers, herbs,oil, toss and allow to set 15-20 minutes
Wrap in Armenian flatbread lavash and enjoy!