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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Taco Salad

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Salad is a lot more fun when it becomes a taco salad. Incorporating all the lively flavors of tacos, this tasty salad is quick and easy to prepare, and is a great choice when you’d like a hearty main-dish salad. If you’re short on time, use some of the shortcut suggested. Have it on its own for lunch; complete the meal with baked sweet potatoes, vegan quesadillas, and/or corn-on-the-cob for dinner.
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Sharon’s Chickpea Salad or Sandwich Spread

Sharon's chickpea salad or sandwich spread

This chickpea salad recipe is super easy and completely delicious; it takes only about 15 minutes to make, and there are so many ways to serve it — as a sandwich, appetizer, or dolloped into a lettuce leaf. The hint of sweet pickle relish really gives this preparation a great flavor! See suggestions following the recipe. Recipe contributed by Sharon Nazarian, from Big City Vegan.

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Papaya or Mango and Black Bean Salad

black bean and papaya salad Sharon Nazarian from Big City VeganThis is a delicious and refreshing salad, great anytime, and light enough for warmer weather days. I had a few ingredients around that seemed like they’d go good together so I threw this salad together and turned out really nice. I’m not really big on measurements so feel free to make adjustments based on your preferences. I brought this to a party and all my omnivore friends went crazy for it. It couldn’t be any easier to prepare and so healthy for you, nutrient dense with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Who’d have thought, a delicious salad with no salt and no oil! Recipe and photo contributed by Sharon Nazarian from Big City Vegan. more→

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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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Chickpea and Carrot Salad with Parsley and Olives

Chickpea salad with olives and parsley

This adaptation of a traditional Middle Eastern salad has a great combination of flavors and textures. I especially like it with Middle Eastern- or Spanish-themed meals; though it can be a nice foil for any mild-flavored dish, as well — try it with Pasta with Vegan Alfredo Sauce. more→

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Chickpea and Kale Sandwich Spread or Salad

Chickpea and kale sandwich spread recipe

Chickpeas and kale are a tasty team, and this combination makes a great spread for bread, or a filling for pita bread or a wrap with some tender lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Or, simply place a scoop of it on a bed of leafy greens or in a Bibb lettuce leaf, and garnish with tomatoes and/or black olives. more→

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Spinach, Artichoke, and Chickpea Salad

Spinach, chickpea, and artichoke salad

A feast of color and texture, this salad of baby spinach, embellished with other colorful veggies, is quick to prepare and a pleasure to serve. Serve it in larger portions as a main-dish salad, or in smaller portions as a substantial side salad. Delicious served with a pureed vegetable soup and some fresh bread. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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