Citrus three-Bean Salad
It’s odd to me, to call this recipe a ‘salad’ as it has no salad leaves! But the lemon juice in this Citrus Bean Salad gives it a refreshing tang which is what’s called for on a hot summer’s day.
And it makes a great side to most barbeque and buffet-type meals. As it’s full of fibre, it’s also good for filling you up and keeping hunger at bay.
You’ll see later, this Citrus Three-Bean Salad delivers a whole range of nutrients to help keep you healthy.
Salads aren’t just for summer so, like the Spicy Potato Salad, this recipe would hold it’s own in the winter months also.
Another bonus is that it’s so easy to throw together, and I think it tastes better the next day when all the flavours have had a chance to merge. Watch the video on my FaceBook Page @lucysnutrionalbites to see just how easy it is to make.
The Citrus Bean Salad is adapted from in an old Slimming World cookbook called, Food Glorious Food which I happened across when I was looking for the Spicy Potato Salad recipe.
I ran the recipe through my nutrition software to figure out the calories for you as the cookbook only referred to ‘Sins’. A portion comes in around 165 calories.
I used grated carrot, but you could use chopped peppers. Yellow peppers will make the salad look lovely and colourful.
The original recipe uses chopped parsley, but coriander (cilantro) would make a great alternative. And if you like things spicy you could chop up a chilli and throw it into the mix.
I’ve put the exact measures for the beans in the recipe but found it easier to tip in a whole drained tin of each type of bean (that will alter the calories per portion). Another option is to buy tins of mixed beans, I’m all for making life easier.
This recipe is packed full of nutrients. I’ve mentioned some below just case you’re still not convinced it’s worth making.
The sunshine fruit contains Phosphorous which helps release energy. Potassium (essential for muscles, nerve cells, heart and kidneys). And lemons also have Vitamin C and A, calcium and magnesium.
Beans have fibre in which can help keep hunger at bay. They also contain protein to help build strong muscles, repair tissues and maintain an efficient immune system.
Like the lemons beans contain calcium and magnesium for healthy bones and teeth.
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