Pan-cooked feta with beetroot salsa & bean mash

Pan-cooked feta with beetroot salsa & bean mash

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 7 mins


Serves 2

Whip up this budget vegetarian dinner in minutes - pile slices of light feta onto cannellini bean mash and top with tangy beetroot salsa

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal296
  • fat8g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre5g
  • protein19g
  • salt1.9g
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  • about 100g vegetarian, light feta, thickly sliced



    A creamy soft white cheese with an ancient history - nomadic tribes who needed to preserve the…

  • a little flour, for dusting



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 65g pack rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

For the salsa & beans

  • 250g cooked beetroot, diced



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • grated zest and juice ½ lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 tbsp chopped dill, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp olive oil, plus a little extra for cooking
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 400g can cannellini beans
    Cannellini bean

    Cannellini bean

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    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…


  1. Mix the beetroot and the onion in a bowl with the lime zest, a good squeeze of juice, seasoning and dill.

  2. Heat the tsp oil in a non-stick pan and gently cook the garlic until softened then tip in the beans, and some of the juice from the can with seasoning. Mash the beans, keeping them quite chunky, then keep warm.

  3. Toss the slices of feta in a little flour. Heat a non-stick frying pan, wipe with a little oil then cook the feta for a few minutes on each side until golden and warmed through, flipping over to make sure they're cooked evenly. Spoon the bean mash onto plates, top with the feta and half the salsa then scatter with extra dill. Serve with the rocket on the side and the rest of the salsa in a bowl.

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25th May, 2019
Such a lovely meal, very quick and easy but like nothing I make regularly. I added half a can of chickpeas to the cannellini beans and thought the portion sizes were good. The feta browns well if you've got a hot pan and fry it quickly - I was pleased it didn't melt.
19th Feb, 2019
Really enjoyed this, tasty. Too much salsa though, a quarter of the quantity would be enough. Also added another 200g tin of beans.
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14th Jan, 2019
Should read tried....sorry
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14th Jan, 2019
This sounds delicious! Think I'll try it with halloumi if Geephillips 18 says feta went a bit mushy. Will post when trid.
9th Nov, 2017
Loved it but wasn't full afterwards, will so extra beans next time
11th Apr, 2017
Really deliciously tasty dish! Added paprika and extra garlic to the beans and seasoned the flour mix too! Found that the feta melted and went all gooey but it still went together nicely!
Maaike Maakt
9th Nov, 2016
Great! Added chili flakes to the flour and smoked paprika to mashed beans. Delicious!
16th Aug, 2016
Was pleasantly surprised. I hadn't tried mashed beans before. Very tasty. I did add a little cayenne to the beans. Also seasoned the flour to coat the feta, I used cornflour. I also added mint instead of dill. Will make again!
14th May, 2016
I added some chilli and fennel seeds to the bean mash - I too used halloumi rather than fetta after reading the comments - the result was delicious and I will definitely be making this again
11th Mar, 2016
I substituted halloumi for feta to save embarrassment. Thanks to odd gaps at the supermarket I also had to substitute coriander for dill, cocktail beetroot (with no lime) for ordinary, and flageolet beans for cannellini! but what I ended up with was just delicious, and we'll certainly have it again.


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