A warm salad? A salad with sausage? Beans and sausage? You may scoff but this sausage and bean salad is not only a nice break from the mundane, it is actually delicious!
If I ever stumbled upon this recipe myself I would have easily passed over it. However, luckily for me, my grandma cooked it for a family gathering. My grandma is kind of like the King Midas of food. Instead of everything she touches turning to gold, it just turns freaking delicious. Her deliciously simple salad is no exception.
What is it?
I love my grandma's warm sausage and white bean salad because it is easy to make, the white beans and garlic sausage are filling, and each bit is full of flavor! Red wine vinegar gives it a little tang while a dash of hot sauce adds a nice offsetting bite. A variety of crisp vegetables not only livens up the dish but also packs it full of fresh flavor! This is a simple family meal the whole family will love.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- White beans - Cannellini white beans or any other white bean. Although I feel white beans are better suited for this dish, you could also use black beans.
- Garlic cloves
- Olive oil - Other vegetable oils can be substituted.
- Red wine vinegar
- Fresh parsley - You want flat-leaf parsley, not Italian parsley.
- Fresh tomato
- Sweet pepper - A red bell pepper is a great option.
- Garlic sausage - You can substitute a sweet Italian sausages, or use turkey sausage or chicken sausage for a healthier option.
- Hot sauce - I use Tabasco sauce.
Optional: This recipe can be customized with your favorite ingredients, such as red onion, black pepper, or fresh herbs.
How to make it
Begin making this warm sausage and bean salad recipe by browning the sliced sausage in a large skillet set over medium heat. Stir as needed to prevent burning and cook sausages until they are nicely seared.
There will be fond built up on the bottom of the pan when the sausage is done cooking. Deglaze the fond with the red wine vinegar, then add all ingredients to the skillet to warm. Heat the warm bean mixture for about five minutes, then serve in a large bowl.
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Storing and Reheating Leftovers
This salad should be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator and enjoyed within five days. You can gently reheat the salad mixture in a small saucepan on the stovetop, or reheat individual servings in the microwave.
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Sausage and Bean Salad
- 32 ounces canned white beans cannellini beans or other
- ½ cup scallions chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 1 large tomato chopped
- ½ sweet pepper chopped
- ½ pound garlic sausage sliced into 1” pieces
- Tabasco sauce and or red pepper flakes
- Place garlic sausage in saucepan and brown over medium high heat.
- Deglaze with vinegar and add remaining ingredients. I drain most of the liquid in the can of beans but I like to still add a couple tablespoons to thicken up the sauce of the salad.
- Heat 5-10 minutes and serve hot.
- Top with additional chopped parsley.
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