Black Bean Summer Salad

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Hi ladies, I am SO excited for summer not only because it means that I can walk around the city every day and enjoy the sunshine and energy of the people around me, but also because I get to go crazy with salads! 

I am such a salad fanatic that it’s a little nuts. I could eat salads for breakfast lunch and dinner if I had the chance (sometimes I do). Just knowing that every bite I’m taking is packed with some sort of healthy nutrient – if you make your salads right, of course – just makes me so joyous. 

Today’s recipe, a black bean summer salad, is extremely quick to make and blends some of my favorite flavors and textures. Savory, crisp, and tart. Let’s look at the nutritional profile:

  • Protein: black beans
  • Calcium: feta cheese
  • Beta Carotene: carrots
  • Vitamin A & K: red leaf lettuce
  • Fiber: black beans, lettuce, carrots, broccoli slaw

This black bean summer slaw salad can be made in a huge bowl to eat by itself, or can be the first dish of your meal. I love making it for picnics or for Millenium Park concerts because you can pack it in a to-go container and bring packets of olive oil and vinegar for the dressing. It literally only takes about 10 minutes to make and is so satisfying to eat.

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Black Bean Summer Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of broccoli slaw 
  • 1 can of organic black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1  bunch of red leaf lettuce
  • 2 oz of feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar to taste

Directions

  • Rinse the black beans and drain them
  • Dice your feta cheese into cubes
  • Mix all ingredients together and toss the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in
  • Serve and enjoy!

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