3 Bean Salad
This is a really great dish for anyone really- packed with protein, iron, vitamins, carbohydrates, fibre... and well the list goes on. Theres so much variation with how you can make this. There are a countless number of delicious salad possibilities with the fundamental formula: bean/grain + fresh vegetables + fresh herb/s + seasoning. Your seasoning/dressing can be any comination of the following: oil/lemon juice/vinegar/salt & pepper/fresh minced garlic/dried herbs etc. Have fun with it!
1 large garlic clove (pressed/minced)
1/8 cup olive oil
~1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
2 TSP cane sugar
salt & pepper to taste
few leaves of chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 red onion
~2-3 stalks celery
1 cup and a bit of each bean (I used white kidney, green & garbanzo)
I have probably already mentioned this- but I cannot stress enough the power and importance of fresh herbs. Cilantro adds a fresh cool element while packing so much flavour to anything it's added to. Play around with different fresh herbs in different dishes, you will be surprised by how much of a difference they make.
Start by rinsing the beans. If they are canned, wash them well. If they are dried, cook them (rinsing before and after cooking). I did ~a cup of dried kidney & garbanzo beans so it made a lot of salad. Again, the ratios are totally up to you.
Wash the celery well, removing the very top and the very bottom. Chop the tomato, celery, cucumber and onion and combine with the beans.
Add the dressing ingredients and mix well- that's it! You will want to leave the salad for a few hours to let the flavours mix and intensify. I wouldn't store for more than 1 or two nights so if you are making this much make sure you find people to share it with :)