Today I have a recipe for a hearty yet fresh bean salad for your. I basically eat salad with every meal during the months of Summer and I love to combine my green salad with all different kinds of legumes, grains and rices…
This recipe here contains Yin Yang Beans which are a some special kind of beans from Usbekistan thatI love because of their nut kind of taste. Plus they are super pretty – arent they? Anyway, you can also use white beans for this recipe. Beans are like one of the healhiest foods on this planet. They have plenty calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium, plus vitamin B2, B6, C, E, betacarotin and folic acid. Beans are also extremely healthy because of the fibre they contain and because of their very high antioxidative capacity.
Anyway, now to the recipe 🙂
For two huge or three normal portions you need:
250g dried YinYang Beans (or white beans)
1/2-1 heads salad/lettuce
2 handful dried tomatoes
2 small red onion
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 TS rosemary
3 Tbs white wine vinegar
1 handful fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the beans first (let them soak overnight and cook in a pressure cooker if you have)
Chop the tomatoes, parsely, onions and garlic into small pieces and steam fry (fry with a little bit of water instead of oil – I use this technique to avoid oil) 2/3 of the tomatoes with the onions, the rosemary and the garlic. Mix 1/3 of te dried tomatoes with the parsely and the vinegar.
Now blend the beans together with the fried tomatoes and onions and the rest of the tomatoes with the vinegar. Add salt and pepper if you like. If you have time, let this sit for one or two hours before adding your chopped greens and mixing it all together to the final salad.
You can also add ovenbaked zuccini or eggplant to this salad – it tastes really good together too!
Do you eat a lof of beans? What are your favorite bean-recipes? I try to eat legumes every day, because of their unbelievable impact on good health. I do not eat beans every day though, I love lentils and chickpeas too. Usually in Summer I eat mostly chickpeas (I love homemade humus!) and in Winter I eat more beans (mostly as chili) but this salad makes it easy to eat beans in Summer too I think 🙂