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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!

You'll Need

THE DRESSING

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 

THE REST

1 tomtato

1/4 red onion

1/3 cucumber

~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. 

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Wash the celery well, removing the very top and the very bottom. Chop the tomato, celery, cucumber and onion and combine with the beans. 

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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 :)

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