White Bean And Spinach Salad
White Bean and Spinach Dinner Salad is a hearty vegetarian salad. The beans provide protein, antioxidants, and dietary fiber. Spinach provides Vitamin A, C, D, B6 and B12 as well as magnesium, iron and calcium.
This is a dinner I prepare for my family occasionally. We aren’t vegetarians, but there are times when we want something healthy and refreshing. This dish does that just fine.
I like to serve it with crusty bread, and believe me when you finish, you don’t have that “still wanting something more,” feeling.
I came across a recipe similar to this some years ago in a magazine. But it used black beans and other seasonings I didn’t care for, so I worked it a bit, and found the cilantro, soy sauce and rice vinegar was a perfect flavor. Here’s my recipe for White Bean and Spinach Dinner Salad.
Serves: 2 for dinner
- 16-oz can or 2 cups white beans, rinsed and drained, or cooked
- ½ cup apricots, dried, snipped,
- ½ cup red and/or yellow sweet pepper, chopped
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- 1 Tablespoon Cilantro, snipped fresh
- 1 clove Garlic, minced
- ¼ cup Apricot Nectar
- 2 Tablespoons salad oil or olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon ginger, fresh grated
- 4 cups spinach leaves, shredded fresh
- In a medium mixing bowl combine beans, apricots, sweet pepper, green onion, cilantro and garlic.
- In a screw top jar container, combine apricot nectar, oil, vinegar, soy sauce and ginger. Cover and shake well.
- Pour over bean mixture and toss gently to coat beans.
- Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.
- To serve, toss bean mixture with fresh spinach.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
A Bit About Beans Nutritional Value
Beans should be exceedingly popular for their nutrition, as well as for the fact that they’re tasty. Beans are a legume, and they’re filled with complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, protein, and vitamins and minerals. They’re also low in fat. They can easily and deliciously take the place of meat in any meal. Black and Pinto beans differ in nutrition from white beans, but all of them are good for you.
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