Pinto Beans With 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.

Serves: 6

  • One 15- to 16-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 bunch watercress leaves, with some chopped stem
  • 2 medium firm ripe tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 large celery stalk, finely diced


  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the first four ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour over the salad and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pack in a tightly lidded plastic container to transport.


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