Salads are nutritious and should be part of everyone’s diet and when made with imagination can be a delight not only to the palate but also to the eye. Included in today’s fare are 3 interesting beans salads that are high in protein. Adding beans to salad makes it wholesome and nutritious.
1. Chickpea Salad
Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes
In a large bowl toss together chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, olives, parsley and feta. Season with salt and pepper.
In a jar fitted with a lid, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and red chili flakes. Shake until emulsified, then season with salt and pepper.
Dress salad with vinaigrette and serve.
2. White Bean Salad
1cup white beans cooked and drained [canned beans may be used too]
After you chop up the onion, squeeze a little lemon juice over it and let it sit while prepping the other ingredients. This will take the edge off the onion.
Combine all ingredients into a serving dish. You can serve right away if you want, but if you chill for a few hours, the flavors will combine better.
PS. You may like to add chopped tomatoes too.
3. Three Bean Salad
Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 3 minutes
Soak the chopped onions in water for 5 minutes to remove the sharp taste.
Combine well all ingredients in a bowl. Cool and serve.