I posted this to Ask Metafilter yesterday and got some great ideas, but a few were a bit too vague (lists of ingredients, but no measurements or proportions). I wish to pick the gourmet Monkey brains and extract the delicious beany creations within. I want to make some bean salads that will keep a few days in the fridge, and that I can take to work for lunch during the week. The simpler the better - short prep time, few ingredients. The following evil "foods" should not appear in the bean salad; recipes that include them are fine as long as the offending ingredient can be skipped: canned green beans (frozen or fresh is ok; any other canned bean except lima is ok) lima beans onions (garlic is A-OK) peppers of any kind (bell, jalapeno, etc.) cumin mushrooms arsenic salmonella despair A black-or-red bean and couscous-or-rice salad would be ideal, but I'm having a hard time finding simple recipes for those. I prefer using canned beans to dry beans (quicker prep, less chance of undercooked beans). Suggestions for good cookbooks are also encouraged. Many thanks! Previous "recipe-filter" threads have served up a heaping helping of snark for some reason; monkey chefs will kindly leave out this ingredient as well. It spoils the palate.
epicurious george: bean salad I want your recipes for simple bean salads.