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Dump Everything in a Bowl: A Lunch Story

Sam Kass Salad Recipe

Hunting for a homemade lunch that won’t break the bank? Today, we’re happy to kick off a month of summer salads with an easy recipe from Sam Kass’s new cookbook, Eat a Little Better. Sam was the former White House chef and food policy advisor during the Obama administration. (!) Here, he shares how to whip up a quick bean, artichoke and feta salad…

Canned Salad With Beans and Artichokes
From Sam Kass’s Eat a Little Better

When friends come over at the last minute, I pop open a few cans and jars to make this back-pocket salad. What might seem like a cop-out to dried bean devotees, members of Artichoke-Turners Anonymous and captains of the health patrol is actually a damn good dish that comes together in minutes and requires zero time at the stove. It’s also an important reminder that while fresh vegetables are best, eating vegetables of any kind is important. Plus, these preserved products pass my pantry purge test with flying colors. The key to reviving them is not holding back on lemon, so squeeze on even more than you think you’ll need.

Recipe: Canned Salad With Beans and Artichokes
Serves 4 to 6

You’ll need:

1 14-to-15-oz can low-sodium white beans or black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 14 oz jar artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1 14 oz can hearts of palm, drained and cut into about 1/2-inch slices
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
3 to 4 celery stalks, peeled, cut into about 1/2-inch pieces, plus some coarsely chopped celery leaves
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
1 or 2 lemons, halved
Kosher salt
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

Combine the beans, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, feta cheese, celery and leaves, oil and lemon zest in a large serving bowl. Squeeze on lots of lemon juice to make the salad taste really bright, then sprinkle on about 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss really well and season with more salt to taste. Sprinkle on the pine nuts.

Sam Kass Michelle Obama

Thank you so much, Sam! We are obsessed with your new cookbook.

P.S. 8 common salad mistakes, and the best avocado salad you’ll ever have.

(Reprinted from Eat A Little Better. Copyright c 2018 by Sam Kass. Photographs copyright c 2017 by Aubrie Pick. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC. Photo of Sam and Michelle by Reuters via Independent. Thanks to Franny Eremin for helping with this series.)

  1. Stef says...

    THIS WAS GREAT. In fact, I’m eating the rest of it right now. I didn’t do the hearts of palms or celery but I did add olives. Delicious.

  2. Chrissy says...

    A version of this is one of my go to meals, especially for lunch. I call it Bowl ‘O Everything!

  3. Kate says...

    I made this last night, but could not find black eyed peas so I used great northern white beans, which was pretty good, but the presentation could have used the contrast of the black eyed peas!! I loved how easy and delicious this was!! Looks forward to this series as summer approaches.

    • Amy says...

      I did the same thing, and thought the same thing! Tasted delicious but a little too close to monochromatic without the black eyed peas.

  4. Lauren says...

    Where is that striped napkin from? I’ve been looking for a table cloth that’s very much like that!

  5. Sam Kass’ book, Eat a Little Better, is awesome! Highly recommend.

    Glad you posted this.

  6. Breanna says...

    Just copy and paste into a word doc and print from there!

  7. Breanna says...

    You still have to toast the pine nuts . . .

  8. amanda says...

    all i can look at is the chef!!! dude is HOT!

    • Maia says...

      Phew, glad I am not the only one who thinking that. Is he HOT or what!

    • Maia says...

      Phew, I thought I was the only one. So HOT!

  9. Elizabeth says...

    My mouth was watering as I read this! I’ll be eating this salad every day next week for sure.

  10. Hannah says...

    I’ve never seen such beautiful celery in my whole life…!

  11. simone says...

    A question: Does Sam have a favorite brand of canned black-eyed peas? I never buy them and some canned beans are so mushy–I’d love a recommendation if he has one.

    • Sarah says...

      I had the same question, but about artichoke hearts!

  12. Just wanted to say thanks. I’ve been a reader of this blog since Toby was born and in the past year or two it started to feel very heavy. I would put off visiting the blog for weeks at a time then skim through quickly, whereas before I was checking it multiple times a day. I get that it can’t always be fun and light-hearted, but I appreciate the slight change :)

  13. I saw this beautiful cookbook in a bookstore and originally read the title as “Eat a Little Butter” — which is probably very telling of who I am as a person. Maybe that can be the title of his sequel. :)

    • Escondista says...

      haha thanks for making me laugh today!

    • Carly says...

      I did the same thing!

  14. Nancey says...

    on a side note I owned that sweater (Gap) that Michelle is wearing and I’m sad I donated it. Only cause now I miss her so much I want that sweater back. :(

  15. Meg says...

    Pine nuts? Do i look like a Rockefeller? (sorry. a quote from my mother. but pine nuts always turn me away. i’d probably sub pecans or walnuts)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha i love pine nuts! you can get them in a big bag from trader joe’s.

    • Jen says...

      Ha! I don’t usually have them on hand, either, Meg. I think sunflower seeds would be good here.

  16. Amanda says...

    Looove this idea / any quick lunch idea. I read this post while eating the TJ’s salad I read about in your blog comments – Trader Joe’s steamed lentils, Trader Joe’s bruschetta, and Trader Joe’s feta cheese all mixed together and served with a few cups of arugula and fresh lemon, occasionally with their balsamic chicken breast added (one container of each mixed together lasts me five lunches). I eat it almost every week because it’s healthy, filling, and most importantly, easy!

    • Kat says...

      I found this recipe in CoJ comments too! I take it to parties as an appetizer now with TJ’s pita chips and it’s always a hit – takes under 5 minutes to throw together!

  17. Colleen says...

    I miss this leadership in the White House :)

    • Nancey says...

      ME TOO!

    • Kim G says...

      Me three!

    • Bobby says...

      Right, I was interested in the salad , but then I saw the picture of Michelle, and I thought “I miss Mom and Dad.”

  18. Nisha says...

    The best kind of recipe!
    (Also, can we all agree that Sam Kass is a total BABE?! I confess I’ve been sort of a fan/groupie since 2009)

    • I once saw him on an episode of Chopped and I turned to my husband and said “Michelle hired herself a little treat.” I’m ashamed of the tone of that in hindsight, but he really is a babe.

    • Lisa says...

      Oh yes! I thought it was just me because I have a thing for bald guys (it all started with someone who I only know as “the captain” … ah to be young again).

      The salad is also a good

    • Abbie says...

      YES. I went to college with Sam’s sister and our oggling dates back to the very early 2000s. Lil, sorry if you’re reading this, but you know it’s true. :)

    • Kim G says...

      Yes! (Although I’m decidedly partial to chefs…I married one.)

    • Claire says...

      Yes! My husband teases me about Sam Kass all the time, ever since we saw him on Chopped.

  19. Sheila says...

    I love when you post recipes, and I have asked before…is there ever going to be a print option available so that it is formatted properly?

    Thanks!

    • Meganleiann says...

      Yes! I second the print option!

    • ellie says...

      Yes, please!!!! I end up not using so many lovely recipes because they can’t be printed properly.

    • A print option would be awesome :-) But in the meantime, I took a screen grab of the recipe portion of the post on my phone, and printed the image. Imperfect, but good enough!

    • Rachel says...

      I highly recommend the recipe shortcode that comes with Jetpack for posting nicely formatted recipes with a print button:

      https://jetpack.com/support/shortcode-embeds/

      Jo, feel free to contact me if you have questions about adding that to the site!

  20. Claire says...

    I am looking forward to this salad series – wonderful idea for summer. I like the sound of this one a lot and will give it a try ( Artichoke-Turners Anonymous …LOL!).

  21. Anne says...

    Pulled this up while eating my work-from-home lunch favorite: Leftover Salad. I always make a little extra when I roast or grill veggies for dinner so I can dump them on some arugula or kale and call it a meal the next day. Today’s combo: massaged tuscan kale, leftover roasted brussels sprouts, some feta I bought for another dinner, and tahini whipped up with some Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning. Super quick and satisfying!

    • Trish O says...

      that sounds yummy. I will be right over to join you for lunch. ;0

    • Kerry says...

      Tahini watered down with EBTB seasoning and nutritional yeast is my favourite dressing for salads.