Gub Gub ‘Navy Bean’ Salad with Feta Cheese (recipe)

Gub Gub 'Navy Bean' Salad with Feta Cheese

“A navy bean is bigger than it seems put it on and don’t ask what it means
Parade around” – Tracy Bonham

Am I the only one who remembers Tracy Bonham, that alt-singer/violinist from the late 1990’s? I loved her first CD and really think she should have gotten a lot further. The above quotation from her song ‘Navy Bean’ started my fascination with the idea of this simple bean. At the time I had no idea what it was, or if it even really existed, but the imagery in her lyrics caught my imagination. Fast forward several years and I am in a local grocery store and see a ‘navy bean’ tag stuck onto a supermarket shelf. “Oooh! Navy Beans! They’re real! They exist!”, in a happy tizzy I pulled the bag of dried beans off the shelf only to be simumltaneously amused, surprised and cresfallen. I had been eating navy beans all my life, I just knew them by another name.

Navy Beans / Gub Gub

You see, here in Trinidad navy beans are more commonly called ‘gub gub’. They are the main ingredient in one of my favorite dishes, a simple stew that my mother makes now and then. Stewed gub gub is the only way that I’ve eaten this bean so when I saw a recipe for a salad that used it I was more than willing to give it a try. After making several modifications I ended up with the following hearty, nutritious, flavourful result, perfect for this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging (hosted this week by its creator Kalyn). Substitute dried beans with tinned for even quicker preparation :)

From WHFoods.com:

The navy bean got its current popular name because it was a staple food of the United States Navy in the early 20th century. These small white beans are perfect for making baked beans. Dry navy beans are available year-round in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. Canned navy beans are also available year round at local markets.

Navy beans are small, pea-sized beans that are creamy white in color. They are mild-flavored beans that are dense and smooth. Like other common beans, navy beans are one of 13,000 species of the family of legumes, or plants that produce edible pods. Combined with whole grains such as rice, navy beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein.

Health Benefits

Navy beans are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, navy beans’ high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as brown rice, navy beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein. But this is far from all navy beans have to offer. Navy beans are a very good source of folate and manganese and a good source of protein and vitamin B1 as well as the minerals phosphorous, copper, magnesium and iron.


Gub Gub “Navy Bean” Salad with Feta Cheese
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Recipe By: TriniGourmet.com
Serving Size: 4

Ingredients:

Cumin Vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, about 1 medium lime
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons cumin seed, toasted and ground or 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Salad:
2/3 cup dried navy beans, soaked overnight or a 15 ounce can of beans
1 head lettuce (your favorite kind), torn into 1/2″ strips
2 ripe tomatoes, cored and sliced
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1 cup feta cheese, diced

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk together well.

2. Drain the dried beans, and place them in a small saucepan with enough cold salted water to cover by about 3 inches.

3. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to a low simmer until the beans are tender but not mushy, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

4. Drain, rise with cold water, and allow to cool to room temperature. (If using canned beans, drain and rinse well).

Navy Beans / Gub Gub

5. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, beans, tomatoes, and basil.

6. Stir the dressing well, add just enough to moisten the ingredients (you will have some dressing left over), and toss to coat.

7. Place the feta cheese over the top and serve.

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  • http://culinarytypes.blogspot.com T.W. Barritt

    A salute to the Navy Bean! I like the different spices you use!

  • http://culinarytypes.blogspot.com T.W. Barritt

    A salute to the Navy Bean! I like the different spices you use!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    T.W. – ai ai captain :D *salutes* :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    T.W. – ai ai captain :D *salutes* :D

  • http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com Kalyn

    I know people always say this, and then they never do cook the recipe, but honestly, I’d love to make this! I love everything here and the combination of ingredients in the cumin vinaigrette sound fabulous to me..

  • http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com Kalyn

    I know people always say this, and then they never do cook the recipe, but honestly, I’d love to make this! I love everything here and the combination of ingredients in the cumin vinaigrette sound fabulous to me..

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Kalyn – lol! :lol: My bookmark file of foodblogger recipes is now in the hundreds so I definitely know what you mean! hehehe … it really was delicious though, and rather substantial what with the cheese and beans :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Kalyn – lol! :lol: My bookmark file of foodblogger recipes is now in the hundreds so I definitely know what you mean! hehehe … it really was delicious though, and rather substantial what with the cheese and beans :)

  • http://dahgurl.com/Blog Dahgurl

    OOOO! So glad I found your blog. Love to try new foods, love to eat, love to be healthy. Excited about what you have going on. Can’t wait to hear about a restaurant or catering endeavor. I always think business. Good work.

  • http://dahgurl.com/Blog Dahgurl

    OOOO! So glad I found your blog. Love to try new foods, love to eat, love to be healthy. Excited about what you have going on. Can’t wait to hear about a restaurant or catering endeavor. I always think business. Good work.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Dahgurl – thanks :) Your blog looks quite interesting as well :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Dahgurl – thanks :) Your blog looks quite interesting as well :)

  • http://neuesausderkueche.blogspot.com/ Helene

    Well I´m with Kalyn. I´ll put it on my list to try it, next autumn perhaps. :)

  • http://neuesausderkueche.blogspot.com/ Helene

    Well I´m with Kalyn. I´ll put it on my list to try it, next autumn perhaps. :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Helene – Let me know how it turns out :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Helene – Let me know how it turns out :D

  • MaryV

    I apreciate the recipes that you shared.
    I shared them with family members and friends.
    They also appreciate the recipes as well.
    Thank you for sharing and please keep them coming.
    I have shared with everyone here, www.mealigg.com

  • MaryV

    I apreciate the recipes that you shared.
    I shared them with family members and friends.
    They also appreciate the recipes as well.
    Thank you for sharing and please keep them coming.
    I have shared with everyone here, www.mealigg.com

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i’ve never heard of this gub gub

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i’ve never heard of this gub gub

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – 4 real :shock: ?

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – 4 real :shock: ?

  • Naidelyn

    hi, i was wondering if i can make soup with gub gub.

  • Naidelyn

    hi, i was wondering if i can make soup with gub gub.

  • Naidelyn

    hi, i was wondering if i can make soup with gub gub.

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