Salads are the perfect summer food. Fresh, healthy and full of bright flavors, salads are great snacks, sides and meals all of themselves. Bean salad recipes are even better because they are a much healthier way to enjoy fresh summer salads and still get plenty of protein.
If you want to eat healthy this summer, beans salads are the best way to do it! Here’s a collection of a few of our favorites, and a few of our very own!
Quick and healthy, this salad from The Fed Up Foodie is packed with amazingly fresh fruits and veggies like tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers. Then, using just a little bit of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and herbs, a super zesty and bright dressing ties it all together, balanced perfectly with creamy white beans and sharp feta cheese. We are a big, big fan of weekly meal prep, and this recipe is perfect for make-ahead meals.
What says summer like a Caprese salad? The combination of tomatoes, basil and mozzarella are so iconic, bright and delicious. How could it possibly be improved? With beans, of course! The combination of green beans, kidney beans and great northern beans adds a wonderful variety of flavors, textures. Green beans give the dish a wonderful crunch while kidney and great northern beans are hearty and creamy – the perfect balance to the acidity of the tomatoes and pesto.
Need a break from the traditional lettuce, spinach or kale salad? Try this bean salad from Luci’s Morsels using quinoa as a key element. Quinoa, the high protein and gluten-free grain, is a healthy alternative for rice and a great base to build any salad around, particularly bean salads! This salad is wonderful because it is full of avocado, white beans and black eyed peas that give it a creamy texture without any fattening dressing. The quinoa, meanwhile, helps balance it out by providing extra texture.
What is healthy is often healthy is far from convenient and what is convenient is often far from healthy. Quite the quandary, especially when you are trying to plan lunches for a busy work week. Simply pack all the ingredients for a fresh, crisp and nutritious salad into one of our 24-oz Randall Beans jars to create a jar salad. They are simple to make and allow you to plan out several meals throughout the week because they stay fresh in the fridge for several days.
This bean salad is a great example of mixing western and Mediterranean flavors. There are three beans playing a prominent role in this summer salad: Garbanzo, Kidney, and green beans. Randall’s fresh Garbanzo and Kidney beans taste great alongside fresh green beans from your local farmer’s market. In fact, we suggest grabbing as many of the ingredients as you can from your weekend farmer’s market, like the balsamic vinegar, natural honey, small red onions, and parsley.
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