White Bean Salad dressed with Olive Oil and Chili Squid

Cooking Fresh is all about respecting the individual flavours of each singular element, while creating an overall sense of cohesion. Just like government right? Respect the opinions but act for the greater good? A concept lost on most unfortunately.

Today it’s all about that. So many things have happened in the last few weeks: Corona (for our foreign friends, the former Chief Justice of the Philippines) gets impeached after months of trial; Pacquiao loses to Bradley; a week filled with sports action (Heat vs Celtics, Nadal vs Djokovic, Canadian F1, etc…); the electoral races in the US, helicopter and plane crashes, continuing problems in Syria and this is not even the tip of the iceberg. In all these instances, everyone suddenly becomes an expert and has an either very naive opinion or a tediously well-formed one.

Sometimes in the kitchen people tend to do the same thing, giving each ingredient its own voice/opinion, but the whole point is less is more, and having all of them work together. One way I like attaining that is by using great tasting Olive Oil. I’m somewhat biased when it comes to olive oil and my favourite brand is Filippo Berio. Its available basically everywhere and is flown in from Italy. Great taste, flavours and not to obtrusively powerful like some. This recipe calls for both their Olive Oil and their Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Give it a try. Olive Oil is to cooking what Hand Holding is to humans :)

White Bean Salad dressed with Olive Oil and Chili Squid

First clean the squid completely (remove bones, cartilage, ink pouch…), then score the inside lightly without going through the flesh and marinate quickly in Filippo Berio Olive Oil, juice of half a lemon and some sliced red chilli. Fry a garlic clove with olive oil and cook the squid 1 1/2 mins each side at high heat.

The use 1 can of white beans and rinse very well in cold water then keep in the fridge. When ready, add 3/4 cup of cleaned fresh snap peas, 3 sliced small tomatoes, 1/2 very thinly sliced red onion (if you have shallots, use them instead), add in some lemon zest, juice of half a lemon, chopped spring onions, a drizzle of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil and salt and pepper.

Toss and top with the Squid.






    1. Arra Medina June 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

      I Love SALADS and this is a must TRY! <3

      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 2:52 am

        its a really comforting one :)

    1. Paul de Vera June 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

      I’m waiting for payday, this is first in line! Got excited by looking at your posts, will start eating healthy + cooking yummy soon! Keep it up!

      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 2:57 am

        awesome! thank you!

    1. Julia June 15, 2012 at 1:09 am

      Looks so yum I’ll make it this weekend!

    1. Odyssey June 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      What can I say?
      Honestly I was running out of recipe to have for a meal, so I decided to open my laptop and search for a recipe in your blog. I’m not really a fan of seafoods but I can live with salads.. and salads alone.. so when I opened my fridge and found the ingredients for this recipe, I didn’t have 2nd thoughts to try. I have tried some of your recipes and found them amazingly healthy and delicious.
      Guess what?
      I’ve finished the veggies.
      The squid? Not exactly. Hahah.
      Thanks for the recipe though.

    1. Nico June 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Can I use just all vegetables except squid?i have allergies on squid so as for shrimp and shells. If now what other alternatives do you have to keep that taste same?

      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

        Go for it. If you change t of course it won’t taste the same, but you can use any protein you like

    1. Jayclops June 17, 2012 at 3:10 am

      no need to blanch the peas or something?

      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

        Nope :)

    1. Katrisse Ruz June 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Hi Erwan it’s a great recipe for salad!:) But if you don’t mind in this dish you don’t know how to handle the food properly. Just to avoid cross contamination, you must wash the chopping board and knife before you slice the veggies because you use it first in squid. Just a tip you can buy colored chopping boards. Blue for seafoods, yellow for poultry, green for veggies, red for raw meats and white for cooked foods or pastries. :)

      1. Erwan June 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

        hi Katrisse, thanks for the concern, I’ve actually managed more than a couple of restaurants and have been a lead auditor for haccp practices, so I know all of that :) but for home cooks, cross contamination is barely an issue, especially if everything is properly cleaned, cooked at the right temperatures and used immediately. It makes no sense for home cooks to have multiple boards. In any case just because you don’t see it on the video doesn’t mean that I don’t clean as I go :) its all edited remember. Thanks for reading!

        1. Katrisse June 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

          Thanks also for the info :) I’m just really concern!:)

          1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 5:30 am

            Haha it’s sounded more like you were trying to school me

    1. Kat June 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Hi! BIG THANKS to your posts and videos for making it seem so fun and healthy to cook! You have encouraged me to finally try cooking my own food. Been wanting to try it for a long time now but it never happens. haha. So, can I ask you just one more thing so I can finally start this little adventure of mine? Just, where do you buy all these ingredients? I seriously have no clue. I am completely alienated with some of the stuff you use, it’s the first time I heard of some of it. haha pls forgive. So can you tell me which supermarket has all of these healthy ingredients? Again, BIG BIG THANKS! More awesomeness to you :)

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:39 am

        usually rustans, snr, sm

    1. Anna Lesyl June 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Hey there Erwan!! Ive tried this and oh my, I just love it.. my friends liked it too.. thanks to you cos I get to cook simple healthy food.. (:

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:46 am

        thank you Anna!




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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