Have you ever been to Zaytinya?  It’s one of my favorite restaurants in DC.  My mom came to visit me recently, so I took her there.  We went a little crazy ordering all the things we thought sounded good (it’s a small plates restaurant, so we felt totally justified in ordering a ton).  Some things sounded unusual enough to try (butternut squash hummus), and some things I had had before and knew were great (roasted and stuffed eggplants).

And then there was this dish that was almost an afterthought.  We realized that we should order one more thing, and so we chose a dish called Piyaz.  It was described as “giant warm beans, kale, oven roasted tomatoes, garlic.”  Sure, why not?

It ended up being the best thing we ate there.  This dish was so amazing, we even asked our waiter if we could get the recipe (supposedly we’ll get it via email, though I doubt it).  It was so simple, so bright, so delicious, we both instantly wanted to remake it.

So, armed with a pictureI found online, the description from the menu, and a vague memory of how good it was, I created the following dish.  I couldn’t find giant beans (or at least I couldn’t find giant white beans that cooked well), so I substituted canned cannellini beans.  Other than the fact that the giant beans simply looked better, I thought it was a fine substitute.

This recipe is simple, full of good for you foods, and it tastes pretty darn good.  It’s a great recipe for anyone recovering from food overload after the holidays.  I hope you like it!


Serves 8

2-3 teaspoons olive oil
½ red onion, sliced thinly
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bunch kale, thick stems removed and chopped into smaller pieces
1 pound (or 3 cans) white beans, cooked and drained
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup vegetable stock
Juice of 1-2 lemons, to taste
¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
1 teaspoon agave, to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350F

1. Take the cherry tomato halves and toss them with a teaspoon of olive oil until all of them are lightly, and evenly, coated.  Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.  Set them aside until you need them.

2. Pour the remaining olive oil into a saucepan and warm it up over medium heat.  Add the onion and the garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes.

3. Add the vegetable stock and the lemon juice to the pan and bring to a simmer.  When it’s simmering, add in the chopped kale leaves.  Toss the whole mixture until the kale darkens and shrivels.

4. Once the kale has reduced, add in the beans, tomatoes, and dill.  Toss until everything is evenly mixed.  Adjust the salt and pepper, and add as much agave as you prefer (I only added about a teaspoon).  Serve warm or room temperature.


12 Responses to Piyaz

  1. Maura says:

    I just had this dish Saturday night at Zaytinya. It was amazing! Bought some dried Lima beans to try it out but I think Lisa had the right idea with fava beans. We’ll see.

  2. Lisa Janairo says:

    I just ate at Zaytinya while in DC last week and loved this dish so much I bought some fava beans when I came home. I googled “Piyaz” just now to find a recipe, and your post came up. Will try it tonight. Thanks!

  3. I agree, that Piyaz salad is probably one of the best things they serve at Zaytinya, will try your recipe at home 🙂

  4. Looks so decadent! I love the colors, can’t wait to try this one!

  5. Grubarazzi says:

    Stunning! I will definitely try this.

  6. Love the colors ! Thanks for the sharing, I am heading down to DC in April to visit my Sister and think Zantinya is on the must DO list:-)

  7. @AlishaMichelle – It IS hard to eat healthy! My trick is to not bring any junk or snack food into my apartment. If it never gets into my kitchen, I don’t eat it!

    @Ann – Thanks so much! It’s not quite the dish I had at Zaytinya, but it’s still pretty tasty!

    @Mary – Hi and welcome to the blog! I’m so happy you like it! Hope to see you around!

  8. Mary says:

    What a beautiful dish. It truly sounds delicious. This is my first visit to your site, so I’ve taken some extra time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  9. Ann says:

    I’ve never been, but the dish looks amazing! How clever to get the picture your memories and recreate it!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have been to Zaytinya and it is such a neat place! I really enjoyed the hummus sampler. I didn’t have the opportunity to try this there but I will make this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hello from a fellow blogger. This looks amazingly yummy. I’m thinking it might make a great lunch tomorrow. I’ve been trying to eat healthier but it’s hard at first!


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