Marinated Cranberry Beans

by jerseygirl on October 11, 2009 · 24 comments

The lazy blogger has returned! I did not mean to go this long without a post but I guess it just happened. But in the meantime I have been attending to another blog for the new job that I have. Take a peek here if you’re into fashion. I also want to thank all my wonderful blog readers for ranking my cheese platter. I received third place and won an Ile de France cheese basket. What foodie doesn’t want cheese?

Last week, we went to the Collingswood Farmers Market and I found these beautiful looking beans. Pretty! These creamy, slightly nutty beans are great many ways but I decided to make them in a salad. They can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. Once they are cooked, they look similar to a pinto bean. These beans were a great farmers market find. Have you ever had them?
Marinated Cranberry Beans
1 bag of cranberry beans, shelled
1 cloved minced garlic
2 TBS fresh chopped basil
3 TBS chopped pimentos
1 few TBS olive oil
1 to 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the shelled beans in a inch or two of salted water. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until beans are tender. Mix together drained beans, garlic, basil and pimentos. Add olive oil, vinegar, salt and pper to personal taste. Refrigerate overnight and serve at room temperature.
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Katrina October 11, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Love salads like this! I've never seen these kinds of beans and I always shop our farmer's market.

At a cooking demo class I went to this past summer the chef used pink eyed peas, which I'd also never heard of, but they were very similar to black eyed peas and were in pods just like this, but the pod was purple. The salad was de-lish. I love trying new stuff like this. Oh, I just remembered it was a pink eyed pea and corn succotash.

Congrats on the 3rd place cheese tray! I voted. Feel like I should get a sticker that says "I voted." just kidding.


Heather D. October 11, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I never new a cranberry bean existed – love the colors! Speaking of cranberries..cran festival is next weekend!


Cate O'Malley October 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I had never heard of cranberry beans until a few weeks ago when I saw them at a grocery store. Marinating them sounds perfect!


Heather October 11, 2009 at 11:35 pm

how lovely! i've never seen cranberry beans before, but they're so pretty and photogenic 🙂


Donna-FFW October 12, 2009 at 7:20 am

This salad sounds divine. I have never had those beans before. But Ive been to that flea market and I so enjoy it.

Congrats on your win.. your platter looked beautiful!


Amanda October 12, 2009 at 7:24 am

I have never heard of these, but you are right, they are beautiful! Almost a shame to cook them LOL! Welcome back!


Chef Jeena October 12, 2009 at 9:00 am

This looks great I would love this as I am a big fan of beans yummy!


kat October 12, 2009 at 9:32 am

We've bought cranberry beans from Rancho Gordo & they are delicious!


Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 12, 2009 at 10:34 am

Wow that looks great! I have never seen cranberry beans — love those farmer's markets.


Mary October 12, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I was looking for something different and these will fill the bill nicely. Your photo is gorgeous and it's a great recipe.


Pam October 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I've never had cranberry beans before – this recipe sounds delicious.


Lea Ann October 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm

I'm going to save this recipe. Sounds really good. And good for you. Thanks for the post.


the ungourmet October 13, 2009 at 1:09 am

These beans are so pretty! Nice recipe!

The dresses over at your other blog are beautiful! 😀


teresa October 13, 2009 at 8:41 am

oh yummy! i've never seen anything like those before, cool!


That Girl October 13, 2009 at 11:47 am

welcome back lazy blogger!


Lea Ann October 13, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Looks Delicious. I'm saving this recipe. Thanks for the post.


Aggie October 13, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I've missed you!! Glad you are back 😉

I've actually had cranberry beans before…but only in the last couple of years. I only find them at the farmer's market…I am going to be on the lookout b/c I want to try this recipe!


Juliana October 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Oh! Never seen this beans…very interesting. The salad looks awesome…yummie!


The Japanese Redneck October 14, 2009 at 9:10 am

Those are pretty beans. Don't believe I've seen them around here.

Picture and recipe sure look good.



Melissa October 14, 2009 at 10:44 am

I've always been interested in cranberry beans being that they are not a staple down here in TX. Thanks for sharing.


Clumbsy Cookie October 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I have never heared of cranberry beans, I thought you had gonne out of your mind and mix beans with cranberries, lol! But they do look great!


Debbie October 15, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Looks delicious Lisa!


gonnawantseconds October 15, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I hope I can find cranberry beans around where I live. This recipe looks delish. I love your blog!


Paula October 15, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Congrats on your cheese basket award! That's terrific! Your cranberry beans look great. I've seen the actual been before, but didn't know the name. I love dishes like this! YUM!


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