White Haricot Bean and Tomato Salad


Preparation info

  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      1 hr

Appears in

The French Kitchen: A Cookbook

The French Kitchen

By Joanne Harris and Fran Warde

Published 2002

  • About

Haricots Blancs en Salade goes really well with grilled fillets of fish, turning a simple dish into something special.


  • 2 x 410 g tins white haricot beans, drained, or 200 g dried white haricot beans
  • 400 g new potatoes
  • 400 g ripe tomatoes
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • a bunch of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely diced (include the seeds if you like it hot)
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


    If you’re using dried beans, soak them overnight in a saucepan of cold water. The next day, drain them, rinse well and return to the pan. Cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour. Skim off any froth that rises to the top during cooking. Drain and cool.

    Cook the potatoes in their skins in a pan of simmering water for 20 minutes. Drain and allow to cool, then cut into wedges. Dip the tomatoes in a pan of boiling water for 20 seconds, peel, cut into wedges and remove the seeds. Mix the potatoes, tomatoes and drained beans together.

    Combine the spring onions, parsley and chilli with the olive oil, lemon juice, zest and seasoning. Pour over the tomatoes, beans and potatoes, mix well and serve immediately.