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Italian White Bean Salad
This hearty salad delivers an impressive array of Italian favors beginning with the white cannellini beans that are common in Tuscan cuisine. The salad also features a medley of colorful fruits and vegetables including sweet bell pepper, ripe tomatoes, fresh oranges and lots of fresh herbs. Balsamic vinegar from Modena in the Emilia Romagna region gives great depth and character to the dressing. Serve this salad lightly chilled or at room temperature as an accompaniment to grilled seafood, chicken or pork.
For the Dressing: Whisk together the vinegar, garlic and sugar in a small mixing bowl; slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly and vigorously to emulsify. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary with salt, pepper and sugar; set aside until needed.
For the Salad: Combine the beans, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, oranges, parsley, chives and rosemary in a medium mixing bowl. A dd the dressing and toss to coat thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve lightly chilled or at room temperature.