23 January 2013

Healthy Italian Mixed Beans Salad

I found this mixed bean salad recipe in the latest Coles free magazine. It's the first time I try one of their recipes. When I looked through the magazine, I was appealed by how tasty and colourful this salad looked! 

The mixed bean salad is easy to prepare and makes a nice side dish for grilled pork, fish or chickenBeans are among the oldest cultivated plants. Compared to grains, legumes supply about the same number of calories but usually two to four times as much proteins.

Ingredients
  • 250 g French green beans, tops trimmed 
  • 400 g can Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained 
  • 400 g can cannellini Beans, rinsed and drained 
  • 150 g Roasted red capsicum, cut into strips 
  • 1/3 cup pitted Greek kalamata olives, chopped 
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves 
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • 1½ tbsp Balsamic Vinegar 
Method
  1. Bring a medium-large saucepan of water to the boil. Add green beans, return to the boil, and cook for 1 min. Drain, then plunge into a bowl of iced water and stand for 1 min. Drain again and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Layer green beans, canned beans, capsicum and olives on a serving plate and scatter with basil leaves. Mix oil and vinegar and drizzle over salad.
 


Do you have a favourite summer salad?

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