White Bean Arugula Salad

Recipe by: Regina Zona

“Beans were on sale so we had to find a recipe for them!”


  • 4 slices pancetta, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups torn fresh arugula or baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese


  • In a small skillet, cook pancetta over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  • In same pan, heat oil and drippings over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until tender. Add tomatoes, rosemary, salt and pepper; cook 2-3 minutes longer or until tomatoes are softened. Cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, combine beans, tomato mixture, pancetta, vinegar and basil. Add arugula and cheese; toss to coat.