So this is just a rough game plan for a bean salad Isgouhi threw together one night for us, and it had delicious flavor. Just a can of cannellini beans, some fessh chopped parsley, some chopped green onion (or a bit of onion if not available), pressed garlic, Aleppo red pepper, black pepper, salt, cumin, lemon juice, and EVOO olive oil. Any bean will do of course, and you can use your imagination if you want to vary this a bit. The Aleppo red pepper is basically sweet red pepper powder with a hint of cayenne, so you can substitute this with paprika and a touch (careful!) of cayenne red pepper. The Aleppo red pepper is a frequently used spice in the Sark kitchen, Isgouhi grew up in Aleppo which was a culinary captial in the Middle East, in part because of its large Armenian population driven there by the genocide. Too bad it becaue a victim of global politics in 2012 and subsequent years, wrecking a jewel of the region.
Of course mixed beans would be great, or kidney beans, even chick peas, all healthy legumes. Fava beans are less familiar to the American public but popular in the Mediterranean.