Friday, April 13, 2012

Vegan Bean Salad Recipe

A week or two ago, R and I made the decision to eat a diet of mostly plant-based, whole foods. We're trying to cut out most processed sugars, meat and dairy. That means our diet is made up of a lot of beans and legumes, vegetables and fruits. So far, we love it and never feel deprived. We still eat a lot and eat well, last night we had vegan style pizza, it was delicious! Instead of cheese & crackers for an appetizer, we have hummus & veggies.. simple and still delicious. I will post more on all that later..

 I made this Bean Salad to take with us to our Easter celebration (who needs ham anyway? ☺) and
plan to make again soon! I threw it together using any beans or extra veggies we had in the fridge. You could easily take things out or add other ingredients to your liking.

Vegan Bean Salad

1 cup chickpeas
1 cup black beans
1 cup corn
1/2 cup of lentils
1/4 cup of chopped cucumber
1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers
(I found them jarred and preserved in water and keep them on hand for salads like this or to add in hummus!)
3/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice or lime juice (add more to taste)
A few shakes of the following for flavor and spice: salt, pepper, cayenne pepper (be careful with this one!) and a little bit of red curry powder. 

Mix, Chill & Serve with pita chips or on top of mixed greens.

My favorite way to eat a bean salad is on top of a bed of spinach and topped with pumpkin seeds:

I also like to have some crackers on the side for a nice crunch. Have you heard of these "Mary's Gone Crackers"? They are the best! Even before we were consciously trying to eat healthier we ordered these by the case off of Amazon because they're that good.

When it's just me eating the bean salad, I mix a little bit of this special chili sauce called Sambal Oelek. I really mean just a little because it's really spicy. I got this from World Market when I was looking for the Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce.. it was only $1.99 so I thought I'd give it a try. It's great but again, really spicy.

Happy Friday!

By the way... I finally sat down and wrote a legit about me page for this blog! Also, Jessica from The Midwest Muse had me as guest poster yesterday. I talked about something I've done quite a bit of - blog changes & revamps. Check it out here.


  1. that salad looks delicious!

  2. This looks amazing!
    And thanks again for the awesome post -- while I know it didn't get tons of comments, it has over 500 page views?! Someone is reading! So thank you!

  3. LOVE those crackers - just recently discovered them! And that bean dip looks amazing :)

    The Other Side of Gray


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