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Winter Bean and Olive Salad (Graf so Maslinki)

Shared by: Vesa
Recipe origin: Macedonia

The last month of Village Feast has kept me busy learning and cooking some old favourites like homemade egg pie, baklava, sarmi and most recently kolbasi. Although it’s been a heap of fun and I cherish the time I’m able to spend with my baba and mum, it has also been damn hard work and I’m exhausted! With that said, I felt it was time for an easy, no-fuss village recipe that requires minimal cooking ability and basic ingredients, the kind of stuff that anyone can whip up for a quick and healthy lunchtime snack.

Here’s a favourite winter salad made with beans and olives. It’s yummy with plain bread or as a side to grilled meat like kjoftinja and kolbasi. What you don’t eat can go straight in the fridge, as the flavours intensify and improve overnight.



Serves 2 as side dish

400g can of white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup black olives (I prefer Kalamata)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 Spanish onion, finely sliced lengthways
3 teaspoons dried mild chilli flakes
3 teaspoons dried mint
Sea salt to taste

1) In a medium bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve with fresh bread or grilled meat/fish.

– This salad can be prepared ahead of time.
– Serve as a rustic appetiser along with fresh bread.

2 Comments  |   Add a comment

  1. Violeta P

    Yummy!!! I made this the other day for some guests and they absolutely loved it. Made it again the next day but added some chopped red capsicum and served it on a bed of butter lettuce and added a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Delicious!

  2. VillageCook

    Yum, that sounds divine…will have to give it a go!

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