Warm Cabbage, Leek and Bean Salad

This recipe had its starting point in the lovely, more streamlined Warm Leek and White Bean Salad from River Cottage Every Day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. It's good at room temperature too, so can be packed for lunch.

Warm Cabbage, Leek and Bean Salad
Servings: 4 Prep 5 mins Cook 15 mins Start to Finish 20 mins


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (1 tablespoon if not using bacon)
  • 1 thick slice bacon, diced, optional
  • 1 large leek, cleaned and sliced
  • Large pinch salt
  • 1/2 small cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt to taste

Make It

1. In a heavy skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon in the oil until it begins to sizzle, 2 minutes (or simply warm the oil if omitting bacon). Add the leek and salt and cook, stirring, until softened, 6 minutes. Add the cabbage, raise the heat to medium-high, and saute until wilted, 6 minutes.

2. Add the beans and white wine to the pan and stir, scraping up the cooked-on bits from the bottom of the pan, until the beans are warmed.

3. Toss in the remaining ingredients and serve warm or at room temperature.


  • Find out more about this recipe on Mom Appetit's blog.