Protein is one of the most important parts of any diet. It’s what gives us energy and pep in our step; it’s what helps us build lean muscles and repair injuries. But if all you think of when you think of protein is a big hunk of meat, we’ve got a whole new world of options to share with you.

Beans are naturally high in protein while being low in fat, unlike other major sources of protein like meat. When you combine that with another healthy protein source like tuna, you’re onto a quick, affordable meal that will fill you up–protein gives you that “stick to your ribs” feeling–and keep you moving. This tuna and mixed bean salad is perfect for before or after the gym, or for a speedy lunch on the go.

Mixed Bean Tailgate Salad with Tuna

1 24 oz. jar Randall Mixed Beans, drained
4 cans tuna in oil, drained
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
3 scallions, finely sliced
1 small Vidalia onion, sliced into 1 inch slivers
2 tbsp. capers

Dressing

3 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

Directions:

Salad: Combine beans and remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Dressing: In a small bowl wish together the olive and the remaining ingredients. Add the dressing to the bean salad, toss and serve.

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