INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp paprika
pinch of salt, to taste
15 oz can of white beans, drained
Heat a small pot on the stove, add the smashed garlic cloves and cook over very low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for a couple of minutes
Carefully remove the garlic cloves and either mince them or discard them, depending on how much garlic flavor you want in the finished beans.
In a large bowl, add the olive oil, garlic if using, and all other ingredients except the beans. Whisk them together until smooth.
Pour the rinsed beans into the bowl and toss to coat in oil. Taste and add more salt or other ingredients if desired. Store in a jar to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour but preferably for a few hours to let the flavors develop.
Serve over toast, on a salad, or with pasta.