Pinto Bean Salad With Watercress or Arugula

Pinto Beans with Watercress or Arugula salad

This simple salad pairs pinto beans with super-nutritious watercress or baby arugula. It’s an easy way to boost the protein content of meals, and is a great choice for the lunch box as well as outdoor meals and picnics. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Serves: 4


  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


  • 15- to 16-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 bunch watercress leaves, with some chopped stem, or 3 to 4 big handfuls baby arugula
  • 2 medium firm ripe tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 large celery stalk, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped green olives
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, or 1/2 teaspoon dried

In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together.

Combine the salad ingredients in a serving bowl and toss together.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until mixed, or pass the dressing around on the side. Serve at once.

Nutrition information
Per serving: Calories: 113;  Total fat: 3g;  Protein: 4g;  Carbs: 17g; Sodium: 102 mg

Pinto Beans with watercress or arugula

Pinto Bean Salad with watercress or arugula


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