Italian Gigante Bean Salad With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d give you a light and yummy recipe that you could easily serve as an anitpasti salad, or a side dish to your Italian (or American!) feast!  It features some of my favorite ingredients including gigante beans!  They are a like a lima bean.  If you can find them, feel free to sub with white, garbanzo, or cannelini beans.  This is a great dish to make the day before!  The flavors will only develop as it sits in the fridge 🙂

Italian Gigante Bean Salad

Serves 6

2 15oz. cans of gigante beans, rinsed well

1/2 cup finely diced white onion

2 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved

1 6oz. jars of marinated quartered artichokes

1 bulb of fennel, sliced thinly

2 cloves of garlic, minced

the zest of 1 lemon

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 tbsp. red wine vinegar

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together and serve chilled or at room temperature.

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