Beans, mackerel and onion salad - a cheap and quick Italian classic... almost
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Beans mackerel onion salad - a cheap and quick Italian classic super quick, super easy, super cheap, full of many good things for your body and health!
Serves: 4
  • 400 g canned red beans or pinto beans
  • 1 small red or white onion
  • 250 g canned mackerel
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh parsley finely chopped
  1. Get the onion ready by slicing it very thin, and maybe you want try this to get rid of onios strong pungency.
  2. Beans: I have used canned beans, that if they are of good quality and cooked properly are an excellent choice. I have used the steamed kind. Remember anytime you use some canned vegetable to rinse it thoroughly under cold water. Just put the beans in a colander and rinse them. Let them drip a few minutes before using them.
  3. For the mackerel: drain it from the oil and tap it a little dry. Alternatively you could use the one preseved in water but it tends to be of a little drier consistency.
  4. In a glass bowl put the first the beans with the onions (patted dry) and season it with salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil and some finely chopped parsley.
  5. Add the mackerel last. If you mix it too much it will tend to disintegrate into a mush.
  6. If you are using canned tuna, follow exactly the same steps.
  7. It lasts a few days in the fridge, and if done ahead of time it gets more flavour.
  8. You can serve it as main dish or a starter, really it depends on how much you put on the plate.
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