Bean Salads

Avocado and Pinto Bean Salad

Avocado and pinto bean salad

Here’s an easy salad with a Southwestern flair. A tasty combo of avocado and pinto beans, this goes well with simple quesadillas and other tortilla specialties that don’t themselves contain beans. This also makes a great portable lunch along with stoneground tortilla chips and some seasonal fruit. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Summer Squash, Green Bean, and Chickpea Salad

Squash, chickpea, and green bean salad detail

This appealing mix of yellow summer squash, green beans and chickpeas is especially welcome when slender fresh green beans are abundant. It makes a great summer salad that can be a main dish, served with crusty bread and fresh corn, or as a side dish for vegan quesadillas or grain dishes.

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Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

Chickpea tomato olive salad recipe

This easy chickpea salad makes a good lunch on its own with some whole grain bread and fresh fruit. It’s a great companion to many Italian-style pasta dishes or simple grain dishes during the cooler months, especially if the meal needs a protein boost. It’s also good with pasta salads or potato salads as cool summer meal, served with a cold soup or fresh corn. This is especially good with ripe summer tomatoes, though off season you can use tomatoes on vine or hydroponic tomatoes. more→

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Tofu “Tuna” and White Bean Salad

Tofu and White Bean Salad

Baked tofu makes a great stand-in for the tuna in the classic Italian pairing with cannellini (large white) beans. This is a great companion with pasta dishes that are on the lighter side. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Navy Bean and Green Bean Salad with Fresh Herbs

Navy Bean and Green Bean Salad with fresh herbs

Featuring the companionable flavors of fresh green beans, navy beans, and cucumber, here’s a lively, refreshing salad, perfect for picnics, potlucks, and casual company buffets. Use the recommended amounts of fresh herbs as a guideline — the more, the better! Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Marinated Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas have been an important staple of Southern cookery since they came to southern shores as part of the slave trade from Africa. This appetizing salad hails from traditional Texas home cooking, hence its colloquial name “Texas Caviar.” Adapted from Great American Vegetarian. more→

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Mediterranean Bean Salad with Pickled Beets

This colorful salad of kidney beans, beets, cabbage, and peas, is a good companion to mild pasta or grain dishes. Adapted from Pasta East to West. more→

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Pinto Beans With Watercress

Watercress

This simple salad pairs pinto beans with super-nutritious watercress. It boosts the protein and Vitamin C content of meals, and is a great choice for the lunch box as well as outdoor meals and picnics. more→

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