Cannellini Bean & Escarole Salad
with Crispy Potatoes
No deep-frying is necessary to create the irresistible crispy potatoes in this salad. Once they’re peeled and cut, the potatoes cook in boiling water just to loosen the starches on their outsides. Those starches caramelize in the hot oven while the potatoes finish cooking with only a small amount of oil, creating a crunchy outer layer and a soft, fluffy interior.
- 1 15-Ounce Can Cannellini Beans
- 2 Russet Potatoes
- 1 Bunch Parsley
- 1 Clove Garlic
- 1 Red Onion
- 1 Tablespoon Capers
- 1/2 Head Escarole
- 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
- 1 Lemon
Prepare your ingredients:
Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Preheat the oven to 500°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Drain and rinse the cannellini beans. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch-thick rounds. Pick off the parsley leaves. Peel and mince the garlic until it resembles paste. Peel and very thinly slice the red onion until you get about ½ cup of onion. (Save any extra onion for another use.) Roughly chop the capers and escarole.
Cook the potatoes:
When the water boils, add the potatoes. Cook about 10 minutes, or until their outsides are soft and the insides are still a little firm. Drain thoroughly.
Finish cooking the potatoes in the oven:
Transfer the drained potatoes to a baking sheet. Drizzle them with some olive oil, and season with plenty of salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Roast the potatoes in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on the outsides, turning over once.
Make the dressing:
While the potatoes roast, make the dressing. In small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, the juice of half the lemon, the garlic, and the capers. Whisk in about add 2 tablespoons olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Make the salad:
In a large bowl, combine the escarole, beans, sliced red onion, parsley, and a little bit of dressing. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Plate your dish:
Divide the crispy potatoes between 2 plates. Top each with half the salad. Drizzle a little more dressing over the top. Serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy!