Italian spring bean salad

Our recipe of the week comes from the one and only, Jamie Oliver!


  • 1 stick of celery, (60g)
  • ½ a carrot, (60g)
  • 120 g radicchio
  • 10 g fresh basil
  • 1½ x 400g tin of beans, such as borlotti or kidney
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 130 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 80 ml white wine vinegar
  • 75 g Parmesan rinds, (about 3)
  • 100 g stale bread


Trim the celery, peel and trim the carrot, then cut, along with the radicchio, into 5mm cubes. Pick and finely chop the basil leaves.

Drain and rinse the beans and place in a bowl (save the remainder for another dish) with the radicchio, celery, carrot, onion and basil. Stir in the olive oil and vinegar, then season and leave to rest for 2 hours at room temperature.

Meanwhile, place the Parmesan rinds in a pot with 1.5 litres of cold water and cook slowly over a low–medium for 1 hour. Remove from the heat and leave the rinds in the water to cool.

Preheat the oven to 200ºC

Cut the bread into 1cm cubes, scatter over a baking tray and toast in the oven until golden, about 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.

Divide the bean mixture between plates, and then add a few tablespoons of the cooled Parmesan broth. Garnish with croutons and the Parmesan rinds, finely sliced with a speed-peeler, if you like.

Recipe via Jamie Oliver
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