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→
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.
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.” Serve in small quantities to add protein to the plate, almost like a relish. Double the recipe to make more of a potluck-sized serving. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
This easy chickpea salad, filled with flavorful tomatoes and aromatic basil, makes a good lunch on its own with 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 part of a summer meal, served with a cold soup or fresh corn. It’s especially good with ripe summer tomatoes, though off season you can use tomatoes on vine or hydroponic tomatoes. more→
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. more→
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→
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→