When I was a young child, my palette of what foods I would eat was very narrow. This beautiful bean salad would not have been a consideration, ever. I remember family gatherings where my Aunt Marge would bring a bean salad to share. To me, that dish was so strange. I knew I would never eat something like that in a million years. "I'll stick to my plain bologna sandwich on white bread please." Thankfully, we were not a family that had to take a bit of every dish to try.
Fast forward a million years, I am the aunt bringing bean salad to a family gathering. I'm quite certain the kids did not eat any, but the grown-ups did. And, they wanted the recipe too.
This bean salad is more of a process than a recipe, with a homemade parsley-shallot vinaigrette dressing. The dressing is the star of the dish to bring it all together. You could mix all of the ingredients together tossing it in a large bowl with the dressing. But I like the beauty of laying out each ingredient.