Be ruthless about trimming the baby artichokes. Remove the dark-green outer leaves and continue until you get to the tender yellowish ones near the center. The parcooking is essential for a tender result, but it’s worth it.
Tender white beans and artichoke hearts get a refreshing lift from sweet bell peppers, crisp red onions, olives, parsley, mint and basil. A simple dressing of olive oil and wine vinegar bring the flavors to life.