A healthy salad for everyone - even those with special diets - that's perfect for potlucks, picnics, office parties, cookouts, and dinners with friends and family. Vegetarian, vegan option, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free, this herbed white bean picnic salad with lemon dill miso dressing is light and refreshing.
1tablespoonminced fennel leaves(if your bulb had its leaves, otherwise skip)
Goat cheese crumbled(optional)
For the lemon dill miso dressing
Place all ingredients in a tightly lidded jar and shake-shake-shake until well-blended. If you have time, leave the jar to sit on the counter for an hour to let the ingredients infuse and create a full-flavored dressing, or make the night before and store in the refrigerator. Shake well before using.
For the salad
Add the beans and vegetables to a large bowl, and toss lightly to mix. Add the herbs and toss gently again. Sprinkle very lightly with salt (remember, the miso dressing is well-flavored - you won't need much salt). Before serving, drizzle the dressing over the salad, stirring to coat the beans and vegetables. You might not use all of the dressing at this point. Let the salad sit for 10 minutes to absorb the dressing's flavors. Then stir, and taste. Add more dressing, if desired.
- Note that evoo might solidify in the fridge. It's not at all harmful to the dressing, just let it come up to room temperature before using (or rest the jar in a bowl of very warm water from the tap until it liquifies, then whisk). You can also substitute a neutral oil, such as grapeseed. - White miso is wonderfully mild and slightly sweet. Before purchasing, check the label for fish ingredients, if you want the salad to be vegetarian. Many misos are made with dashi or bonito (shrimp flakes). Seaweed vegetables are vegetarian. My favorite miso is made by an American company, South River Miso, located in Massachusetts. - If your dressing seems grainy from the miso, run the dressing through a stick blender, a regular blender, or a bullet blender to smooth out. - For a vegan option, use maple syrup (not honey), and omit the goat cheese.
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