Hello dear reader,
I have been trying to eat very healthily this month, including lots more vegetables, low fat proteins and healthy fats in my diet. One of the best sources of protein, which is low in fat and calories, is beans and I wanted to develop a bean salad that was packed full of flavour. I also wanted it to have a creamy dressing, so it tasted luxurious when I was eating it. This is achieved by making the dressing from creamy avocado which is rich in monounsaturated fat, known as the healthy fat as it is easily burned off naturally by your body.
Creamy Crunchy Bean and Avocado Salad – recipe
Serves 2, suitable for vegans
– 8 crisp lettuce leaves, shredded
– 4 cabbage leaves, shredded
– ½ bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped
– 2 spring onions, sliced
– 8 olives, chopped
– 400g mixed beans, cooked and rinsed
– ½ avocado
– zest and juice of ½ lime
I have kept the ingredients quite general, so you can adapt this to your favourites. For my salad I used Little Gem lettuce, Savoy cabbage, orange bell pepper, green olives, black-eyed beans and aduki beans.
In a large bowl, mix together the lettuce, cabbage, pepper, spring onion, olives and beans. In a small bowl, mash the avocado and mix in the lime zest and lime juice. Add the dressing into the salad and toss together to mix. Serve immediately.
There are lots of different tasty zings in this salad to delight your tastebuds and it is so crunchy and creamy you won’t feel deprived. The slow-release energy it provides will keep you going for many hours, without the need to snack.
P.S. I am entering my Creamy Crunchy Bean and Avocado Salad into a few blog challenges.
First up is the No Croutons Required blog challenge run by Jac at Tinned Tomatoes and Lisa from Lisa’s Kitchen, with Lisa hosting this month. This challenge is all about vegetarian soups and salads, so my salad is perfect for it, in fact this salad is suitable for vegans too.
Another challenge I like is the “One ingredient” blogger challenge run by Nazima at Franglais Kitchen and Laura at How to Cook Good Food. Nazima is hosting this month and instead of the usual one ingredient she has chosen the theme of one way of eating and, of course, after the festive indulgences it has to be Healthy Eating!
Finally a challenge that has been running for several years but which I have only just discovered. My Legume Love Affair was started in 2008 by Susan from The Well Seasoned Cook, is now run by Lisa from Lisa’s Kitchen and is guest hosted this month by Avika at A Day Through My Life.