Mark Hix recipe: Mixed bean salad

Serves 4-6

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This is a great salad to serve on its own, as a meat or fish garnish or as part of a buffet or even picnic. You can pick and choose which beans or pulses you want to use – it's a good dish to use up odds and ends in your larder before you re-stock.

A selection of dried beans, soaked and cooked separately (chick peas, flageolet beans, black eye beans, green peas, lentils, etc)
4-5 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
1 medium red chilli, trimmed and finely chopped
2-3tbsp chopped parsley
4-5tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1tbsp cider or white wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mix all of the beans, preferably while they are still warm, with the rest of the ingredients and season to taste.

The salad will be at its best after leaving it at room temperature for a couple of hours, giving it the occasional stir.