Treat Yourself Right With an East-West Inspired Bean Salad

I've always been mindful of what I'm putting into my body, with a focus on wholesome, balanced meals whenever possible. But the holidays admittedly derailed me quite a bit. Now, with yuletide celebrations behind me, I want to make sure that I set a new decade off on the right foot.

That's why, when friends came to visit, I ditched the restaurant reservations in favor of a protein-rich, high-fiber meal that included not only my favorite roast beef Spring rolls, but also a super speedy bean salad.

Rosemary, pecorino romano, and cannellini beans pay tribute to Italy, but the shelled edamame and garlic add a pop of color and Asian flair. Make this different bean salad in five minutes when you keep reading.

Pecorino and Bean Salad

Pecorino and Bean Salad


  1. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  4. 2 cups (9 ounces) shelled edamame beans
  5. 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  6. 5 ounces pecorino, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  7. 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  8. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper


  1. In a small, nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, but not brown, about 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rosemary. Set aside.
  2. Combine the edamame beans, cannellini beans, pecorino cheese, parsley, and salt and pepper in a serving bowl. Add the garlic mixture and toss well until all the ingredients are coated.

Serves 4 to 6.

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I made this and loved it and put it on top of some greens so I could make it a little healthier. I didn't find it too salty at all but I love how salty pecorino is.
I was really excited to try this recipe this weekend. My husband and I love edamame beans and thought this would be a great easy recipe to add to our arsenal . Sadly, neither of us liked it at all. The cannelloni beans gave the salad an unpleasant saltiness, the 2 teaspoons of rosemary was overpowering, and though pecorino is an amazing cheese, it was lost in the overall saltiness of the dish. A bit without enough cannelloni was bland, but bearable, but a bite with the cannelloni was too strong. We thought maybe we did something wrong, but after rereading the recipe, we had indeed followed the instructions to a T. I guess this one just isn't for us.
That sounds so interesting! I'm intrigued.
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