Tip:To rinse the beans, pour them into a colander and rinse with cold water until the foam dissipates.
Heat 2 Tbs. of the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, season with salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until it begins to soften, about 3 min. Add the red pepper and cook until it softens slightly, about 3 min. Add the beans and toss to coat with the vegetables. Remove from the heat.
In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, vinegar, and thyme; whisk in the remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil. Add this to the bean mixture. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the parsley or basil. Toss well and serve with a drizzle of the olive oil.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on six servings;
Photo: Scott Phillips