Dried beans are so useful for winter salads. It is said that they cook better if you soak them in rainwater: I have tried this but can’t say that I can notice a difference!
Soak the dried beans in cold water overnight. Boil in unsalted water until tender - about ½-1 hour, but the cooking time depends on the age of the beans. Rinse with cold water and drain. Cook the French beans in boiling, salted water for 2-3 minutes - they should still be slightly crunchy. Drain and mix in a salad bowl with the haricot beans, chopped onion and red pepper. Put the dressing ingredients into an empty jam jar with a lid and shake thoroughly. Pour over the salad and toss.
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