As much as we love the excuse to stay bundled up inside enjoying chili, bean soups, and bean stews in the winter, we are thrilled that spring is finally here! The warmer weather and shining sun is really getting us ready to enjoy another spring and summer of fun and good food – and also getting us in the mood to enjoy some fresh, delicious salads!
Beans are the perfect addition to any salad! You can toss them on as a healthy source of protein or extra flavor, with every different bean bringing something a little different. Our favorite kinds of bean salads use them at center stage along with other fresh ingredients and inspiring spring flavors.
Here is a roundup of some of our favorite spring bean salads we can’t wait to enjoy this year, some from our very own collection and from our favorite food bloggers that got us really thinking spring.
The rich nuttiness you get from garbanzo beans makes them the perfect protein for a salad. But, believe it or not, when you toast them, they are even better! The crunch they develop from just being kissed by heat from the oven gives the salad great texture and almost serves as a two-in-one protein and crouton combo! Combine them with some feta cheese, cucumber, olives, and a simple fresh dressing and this is the perfect Mediterranean-inspired you will enjoy all spring.
Arugula has such a peppery bite it is absolutely perfect when you pair it with creamy and rich white beans. So, do yourself a favor and grab a jar of Randall Beans great northern beans and give this simple and delicious recipe from Dinner at the Zoo a try! Arugula, tomatoes, white beans, red onion, parmesan, and light dressing makes this salad full of spring flavors. But, there’s a little surprise addition from pine nuts! Instead of croutons, this is where the salad gets its nice crunch and a little extra sweetness as the cherry on top.
The best thing about the weather changing? Being able to take your meals outside! There’s just something magical about being able to enjoy a delicious meal outside on a beautiful day with friends and family. When the occasion calls for an outdoor celebration, this salad is a must to include in the meal. This salad is loaded with fresh veggies like corn, peppers, and delicious arugula along with our new Ultimate 4 Bean Mix. Top it all of with a creamy and zesty homemade dressing and this salad can even serve as a meal all of its own.
Prosciutto is a salty, light, and extremely flavorful cured ham that goes perfectly on a salad. That is why this salad from Inspired Taste absolutely needs to be on your recipe list for spring. Six incredibly fresh ingredients are all it takes to put this salad together including hearty and creamy white beans. Our favorite part of this recipe is the punchy lemon dressing she shows us how to make. It is super simple to make, and honestly, we plan on putting it on more salads than just this one!
How about something a little heartier from the grill? Steak salad is the perfect way to combine grilling beautiful thinly cut ribeye with healthy and delicious greens. Want to take it to the next level? This recipe includes roasted red onions and potatoes. Your family and friends will swear you’ve ordered out from the local steakhouse with this salad that is a meal of its own.
Want some more fresh recipes to enjoy this spring and summer? Be sure to download a copy of our FREE Farmer’s Market Favorites cookbook. This collection is full of bean recipes you can create using ingredients you’ll find at your farmer’s market.