So I have a tiny confession to make. I don’t give a flying pig about football. Or any sport, if I am being completely honest. I have gone so far as to actually host Super Bowl® parties in the past, but I just do it for the food and the friends – the same motive behind ANY party! I don’t really need a reason to invite friends and family over, pop open a few beers and kick back and have fun. The football is inconsequential; if my guests enjoy it, great. If they just came for the commercials and conversation, it’s all good too! This Bean Salad with Fried Kalamata Olives recipe is a little different than your usual party food. It’s not fatty, loaded up with cheese, dripping with grease…sure, we all love those things, but I am doing Weight Watchers right now and I need healthier options!
Bean Salad w/ Fried Kalamata Olives
- 1 Cup Pinto Beans, dried
- 1 teas. Garlic Powder
- 1 ½ teas. Oregano
- 1 teas. Ground Cumin
- 1 Bay Leaf
- ⅓ Cup Olive Oil
- ½ Cup Pitted Kalamata Olives, sliced lengthwise into quarters
- 2 Medium Carrots, grated
- 6-8 Sprigs worth of Cilantro Leaves, chopped
- 4 Green Onion, thinly sliced
- 1 Lemon, juiced (2 ½ Tbsp.)
- ½ teas. Salt
- ½ teas. Pepper
- Soak the beans overnight in water, rinse and put in small pot over medium heat barely covered with water. Add 1 teas. Oregano, ½ teas. Garlic Powder, ½ teas. Cumin and Bay leaf, bring to a boil then simmer covered until the beans are tender not mushy, approximately 30 minutes. Drain and toss with Salt and let excess water continue to drain.
- In a pan over medium high heat add the Oil and heat until it shimmers, add the olives and cook until blistered, about 5 minutes.
- Add the beans and the Olives with the Oil to a bowl.
- Add the Carrots, Cilantro, Onion, Lemon juice, Pepper and remaining Garlic Powder, Oregano and Cumin and toss to coat.
- Refrigerate at least an hour, stir before serving.
You can make this Bean Salad with Fried Kalamata Olives Recipe the day before your big party and save yourself a little prep work the day of. Of course, this is a great party appetizer to make year-round, don’t just save it for the football games!