Today’s blog post comes from Parla Food’s obligatory biggest fan, Mamma Parla. She is an incredible cook, with tons of restaurant and catering experience behind her. Now she cooks mostly for friends and family–and does cooking demonstrations for the Slow Food Central NJ farmers’ market. Here is one of her simple, healthy summer recipes…and perfect Labor Day BBQ side dish.


2 cups cooked cannellini beans

1 cup grape tomatoes – halved

1 large carrot – grated

1/2 small red onion – diced

juice of 1/2 large lemon

1/2 cup fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley and/or mint

extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Directions: In large bowl, stir together cannellini beans and lemon juice. Add tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add remaining ingredients, toss and refrigerate for a few hours. Adjust seasoning and drizzle with additional olive oil before serving. Best served at room temperature.
Buon Appetito!

Photo by Mamma Parla