Ayocote Bean & Mushroom Salad

Ayocote Bean & Mushroom Salad Recipe


Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo writes one of my favorite newsletters. For those of you who don't know Steve, you've likely encountered his beautiful heirloom beans, they're celebrated by some of the country's best chefs, and fanatically embraced by just about every great cook I know. If not, you're in for a treat. Cooking my way through Steve's beans over the years has been a grand culinary adventure - one I hope to continue for many more years - and I like to look to the Rancho Gordo newsletter for ideas. I always find myself wishing other businesses would take inspiration from newsletters like this one. Here's why. It comes from Steve, Steve started the business. He's knowledgable, passionate, enthusiastic, and continually evolving and learning as an individual. All of this comes through in the first-person letters he sends. The mix of content is also part of the magic - a cocktail of good stories, humor, cooking insights, and detailed information about whatever product he is highlighting. You might get a glimpse of some travel, and always a selection of bang-on recipes. Because he interacts regularly with chefs and great cooks who share their insights and ideas, Steve passes on the gems to the reader. Most important, I always get the feeling that I received the email because he had something worth sharing, not because he felt like he had to send out a newsletter.

In addition to the Rancho Gordo newsletter, I'll also mention the Aesop newsletter, which I enjoy for entirely different reasons, here's a link to the archives (although I think I'm now signed up for all their marketing emails which I don't love). And I love the notes from Marta & Robert at cookbook in Echo Park, Los Angeles where each email opens with a piece of poetry, and a glimpse of what they're cooking for the store. With my in-box constantly at capacity, these are always welcome additions. And there is always room for a few others, so let me know if there is a newsletter you love. I'm game.

Back to the heirloom beans - I made this wintery bean salad with gorgeous Rancho Gordo ayocote negro beans, and pan-fried hedgehog mushrooms. You get some crunch from toasted almonds, and sweetness from dried figs which works nicely to offset the acid in the shallot vinaigrette. There's also some shredded kale involved. It's a good lunch salad, and you can make a good portion of it in advance.

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Ayocote Bean & Mushroom Salad

I use Rancho Gordo Ayocote Negro beans here, but you can substitute another black bean if you like. If you use canned beans, make sure they're well rinsed. Also, I use dried figs here, but other dried fruit such as apricots, pluots, or persimmons will work equally well.

shallot vinaigrette
1/3 cup minced shallots
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
4 cups cooked black beans
3 celery stalks, chopped
1/3 cup sliced dried figs
1/3 cup chopped toasted almonds

1 big handful of shredded radicchio and/or kale
micro greens or chopped chives to finish

Combine the shallots with the red wine vinegar in a small bowl. Allow to sit for ten minutes or so. Whisk in the salt, and olive oil. Taste and adjust if needed. If your vinaigrette is too harsh, add a small amount of honey or a sprinkling of sugar to take the edge off.

In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, and salt, and cook, stirring a few times along the way, until the mushrooms take on color and release their water. About 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and gently fold the beans, celery, figs, and almonds into the skillet with the mushrooms. Pour the shallot vinaigrette over everything, add the shredded radicchio/kale, and toss before serving.

Serves 4-6.

Prep time: 10 min

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Comments


This looks absolutely amazing and so full of flavour, as well as being gorgeous!

January 12, 2015
 

I'm definitely signing up for that newsletter. I'm a huge fan of Rancho Gordo's products, especially their chiles.
Now I have to try these Ayocote beans, they sound amazing!

January 13, 2015
 

Shari

Hi Heidi,

This salad looks lovely, and thanks for all of the newsletter recommendations. I quite enjoy the Anson Mills newsletter. xo

January 13, 2015
 

What a beautiful, inventive salad. I love that the beans themselves look just like little kalamata olives, dary and shiny and purpley. I've always wanted to try Rancho Gordo beans, but I remain unsure of whether they deliver to Canada, and if so, if the price would be prohibitive... So I continue to dream, and ogle other people's Rancho Gordo creations!

January 13, 2015
 

What a treasure! Every bite seems both precious and filled with flavor. This is my first time being introduced to Steve and his newsletter. Thanks!

January 13, 2015
 

I love any recipe that makes for a good lunch the next day. And nothing beats a good salad with toasted almonds for that crunch factor! Never heard of avocote beans before.

January 13, 2015
 

A delicious salad packed with protein! Lovely!

January 13, 2015
 

Hm too bad there's no retailers selling Rancho in the valley of LA I live in. I'll have to keep an eye out. Is there a comparable bean out there?

Where did you end up getting those mushrooms from? Was it from the grocer in Echo Park?

My friends live in Santa Rosa, wine country, close to Rancho. Every time I visit that area, I make plans to retire there. :)

January 13, 2015
 

Praxedis Cifuentes

Muy buenas ensaladas, aparte de saludables se ven sabrosas. Gracias.

January 13, 2015
 

Holy COW is that gorgeous!

January 13, 2015
 

Thank you for the newsletter info, I subscribed to all three. This salad is stunning, and filled with my favorite things. Yes! Rinse canned beans please! I know people who don't do that and yuck, just yuck!

January 13, 2015
 

No newsletter recommendations here I'm afraid, but have you come across unroll.me? It makes my inbox approximately 1000x less terrifying by bunching up all the automated-type mails into one big one. Sorry if this is news only to me! (that does happen quite a lot)

January 13, 2015
 

C.B.

Oh wow this looks soooo good. Unfortunatly I can no longer eat legumes of any kind since my near death experience on top of a Japanese mountain after eating Azuki beans.....for some reason my body decided that was it and the now, any legumes would kill me if I ingested them.....I now have to have an epi-pen on me at all time. And then I see this in my feed.....*sad face*

January 13, 2015
 

The Anson Mills newsletter is also beautifully written and full of gems; and Table on Ten's is always inspiring!

January 13, 2015
 

I'm always happy to meet a new bean! And what a beauty she is. Thanks for the introduction!

January 13, 2015
 

Douglas Klein

Wow, what a beautiful salad and delicious photography. Thank you, Heidi!

January 13, 2015
 

No, Elissa, this time, it's holy HEDGEHOGS! The freshest take on mushrooms and beans yet. Thank heavens.

January 13, 2015
 

Oh my, I love the look of this salad! And those mushrooms, with the lovely dark-yellow colour, mmmm ^ ^

January 13, 2015
 

Gorgeous and absolutely scrumptious ! Beans never looked so good !

January 13, 2015
 

Angela DeCenzo

The salad looks delicious, and the surface you photographed it on is striking. Love the color palatte!

January 13, 2015
 

I love Rancho Gordo beans! Their packaging makes me smile every time I use them :)

January 13, 2015
 

Mary Rigdon

This is now on our menu for the week -- it looks amazing. And thank you for mentioning Rancho Gordo -- what a find. Can't wait to get our order and make this meal. Thanks, Heidi!

January 13, 2015
 

This looks like such a clean, delicious meal! I love Rancho Gordo beans!!!

January 13, 2015
 

Kristin

Beautiful! I am a big fan of Krista Tippet and her radio program On Being, which explores, through fascinating interviews, every facet of what it means to be a human being. I receive a terrific weekly newsletter from them put together by managing editor Trent Gillis. Highly recommended.

January 13, 2015
 

Sara Liz

looks fantastic. Will give it a try soon.

January 13, 2015
 

I love, love, love Rancho Gordo, their beans, and the good work this company does in preserving agricultural traditions. I have only tried their cassoulet and scarlet runner beans so far, but the cassoulets were by far the creamiest, sweetest beans I have ever had. I cannot wait to try more. And now I will also sign up for their newsletter :D

January 13, 2015
 

I so wish I had the chance to buy and try some Rancho Gordo beans when I was over!! Such an amazing selection. This salad looks perfect xx

January 14, 2015
 

What a wonderful combination! never had mushrooms with beans (in a salad) before. It's worth a try!

January 14, 2015
 

You don't cease to keep inspiring, Heidi. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing what you're reading.

January 14, 2015
 

Wow, this is beautiful and the flavors sound so unique and also so delicious. I love the pairing of beans and mushrooms!

January 14, 2015
 

Adriana

I just finished making this recipe....sooo gooood!!! Thanks for sharing, loved the addition of kale in here, as cold as it is, other kinds of salads are not so inspiring these days.
Blessings

January 15, 2015
 

The newsletter sounds too good to miss, as does this beautiful salad. Simply lovely.

January 15, 2015
 

Adriana

I just finished making this recipe....sooo gooood!!! Thanks for sharing, loved the addition of kale in here, as cold as it is, other kinds of salads are not so inspiring these days.
Blessings

January 15, 2015
 

What a beautiful looking salad. I love the combination of beans, mushrooms, figs, and almonds - such a great combination of flavours and textures. If only we could get Rancho Gordo beans, or even much variety of beans at all really, in my part of the world.

January 15, 2015
 

This is a lovely, hearty looking salad that would be perfect for a trip to a warm, cozy cabin. I am not familiar with Rancho Gordon's newsletter, but it sounds great.

January 16, 2015
 

Tamara

This is my new favorite thing - and with some fresh almonds the next day, even better as it's marinated and mellowed. (BTW, to be more economical I used shiitake instead)

January 17, 2015
 

Donna Kristaponis

We are lucky members of the Rancho Gordo Bean Club...lucky because there's quite a waiting list. Anyway, just happened to have all the ingredients and made this last night. It was excellent and, like most bean recipes, is even better today! Thank you (again) for your interesting, great tasting recipes.

January 18, 2015
 

Amy

Did you get a new camera? The style of your photography looks so different! Is it just me? :)

HS: No, I just shot it on a dark background this time - although I have had my eye on a new camera ;)

January 18, 2015
 

Thanks for the newsletter tips. This looks great, I'm always after lunch salads and this looks perfect.

January 19, 2015
 

Beautiful salad for this season.
I've never tried Rancho Gordo beans but love their packaging...so cute.
This is surely a must-try.

January 19, 2015
 

Janie

I prepared this recipe just after it appeared on this website following it exactly. It was wonderful. It is fantastic as a vegetarian salad/dinner. It is equally fantastic with a slice of grilled salmon served on top. I also sprinkled it with some roasted diced butternut squash which gave even better color. Loving leftovers too. Thanks.

January 20, 2015
 

Such a great post! Thank you for being such an inspiration. This looks great, as always.

January 22, 2015
 

robin lewis

made this the other night for a potluck. it was it was beautiful and delicious. i'd hoped the small bit of leftovers would hold up the next day but the radicchio didn't, which i should have known. if i make it for myself next time i'll leave the greens out and garnish each time i'm going to eat it.

February 2, 2015