White Bean, Carrot, Celery Salad; we looked at a car today

Now that the lettuce is done we turn our attention to other salads.

It’s always nice to have a salad on hand in the fridge to have for an easy lunch or quick addition to dinner.

I love pasta and rice salads, but I’m referring to vegetable salads – Cole Slaw, Cucumber Salad, Three (or Five) Bean Salad, Tomato Salad  just to name a few.

This one is slightly different in that it has lightly sautéed carrots and onions. I love cooked onions but am not a fan of raw onions. Thus my compromise.

Serve freshly made and slightly warm of refrigerate for later. It will keep several days.

White Bean, Carrot, Celery Salad

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cups (15oz, 450gr) white beans (cannellini), drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery, 1 – 2 ribs
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbs freshly snipped chives
  • 2 tbs freshly snipped basil
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbs lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 3 tbs salad olive oil

White Bean, Carrot and Celery Salad


  • Heat oil in medium skillet.  Add carrots, onions, garlic and sauté just until tender, 5 – 8 minutes.
  • Remove and put into a bowl.
  • Add beans, celery and herbs to bowl, stir to combine
  • Make Vinaigrette:
  • Put vinegar, lemon juice and mustard in a small bowl.  Whisk well.
  • Add oil very slowly, whisking constantly.  It should incorporate as you add it. 
  • Add vinaigrette to salad and stir to combine. Serve as is (slightly warm) or refrigerate for later.

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We went for another bike ride today, along the canal again, but in a different place and in a different direction.

I was wondering, as I was racing along in low gear (I love to pedal hard and go fast!) on this gorgeous, flat, paved trail…..

I was wondering how many of the kids I used to race around our small town with when I was a kid are still riding their bikes.

We see all ages riding when we are out on the trails but we don’t, personally, know any other adult here that rides a bicycle….. Especially not for pleasure and / or exercise.

During Tour de France season we see lots and lots of young men, in full gear, racing madly around the countryside, but I’m not counting them.

Actually, now that I think about it, other than the neighbor that I walk with I don’t know more than 1 or 2 people that exercise at all.

Oh, never mind…..

On to the car.

I love it when we see something unexpected in an out-of-the-way place.

This car, an Eldorado according to the sign, was tucked into a little clearing along the trail.


Someone, clearly, has too much time on their hands,,,,,


It actually has a gear shift although it’s kind of hard to pick out in the photo…. all the wood kind of blending together.

And a bench seat.


Headlights, grill front and fender were all in place.


As were the taillights.

Mon mari says it’s a ’59

Last update on July 27, 2016

4 thoughts on “White Bean, Carrot, Celery Salad; we looked at a car today”

  1. My father in law had one of those! Of course, I imagine his ran a little better…

    Did you use fresh or canned beans? Fresh, I’m guessing. I’d have to use canned so, two cans? By the time I get home from work, cooking beans is out of the question because I never remember to soak them the night before and they still take time. But I like this one so will definitely try it. 🙂

  2. Made this today omitting the garlic and lemon juice and adding 2 tablespoons of honey instead and a couple sprinkles of garlic powder and regular yellow mustard instead. It was delicious. My husband and I finished it off in no time. Oh another change. I didn’t use the lettuce nor did I cook the carrots, onions or garlic. I just cut them up finer.

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