A simple and easy bean salad, dressed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Try substituting crisp fried bacon or smoked salmon in place of ham. Improvise using different Mediterranean ingredients such as black olives, feta cheese and anchovies.
We were served this crisp, tangy salad with our meals at most of the rustic beach side shacks in Goa, India. It accompanies spicy Goan curries astonishingly well, in particular the fiery red meat curries like pork vindaloo.