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Mixed bean salad

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If you’re tired of plain old lettuce salads but still want to reap the health benefits of good ol’ veggies, give bean salads a try. They’re quick and easy to throw together (even more so if you’re using canned beans) and provide a variety of flavours and textures to keep things interesting.

I could go on and on about the health benefits of eating beans, but for your sake here’s the executive summary: beans are very good source of protein, active plant compounds, vitamins and minerals – ideal for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet, or simply looking to eat less meat.

Mixed bean salad | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Some of my favourite legumes include black beans, chickpeas, lentils, red and white kidney beans and Romano beans. I prefer to buy them canned rather than dried (always rinsed and drained before using), but that’s just for the convenience factor.

Making a good bean salad is ridiculously easy. You just need to do a bit of chopping and then throw everything into a bowl, top with dressing and serve. Easy peasy! Try this recipe or experiment with your own flavour combinations.

Mixed bean salad | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Mixed bean salad
Serves 4
A refreshing vegetarian salad made with mixed beans, chopped fresh vegetables and an olive oil vinaigrette - perfect for a summer picnic!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 19-oz (540-mL) cans mixed beans, rinsed and drained
  2. 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  3. 2 celery stalks, chopped
  4. 2 Persian cucumbers, chopped
  5. 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  6. 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  7. 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  8. Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl add the beans, pepper, celery, cucumber and parsley. Add the oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper; toss to combine.
Notes
  1. You can use any kind of canned legume for this recipe, though I like to use canned mixed beans for variety. The brand I buy includes chickpeas, red and white kidney beans, black-eyed peas, baby lima beans and Romano beans.
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