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5-bean salad

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Welcome to summer! The season of vibrant, fresh flavors is upon us, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a delicious, colorful, and nutritious 5-bean salad. Perfect for picnics, barbecues, or a simple weekday lunch, this salad is a testament to how healthy eating can be both satisfying and easy.

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The Magic of Beans: Beans are the unsung heroes of the culinary world. They are packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, making them a powerhouse of health benefits. This salad brings together five different types of beans, each adding its unique texture and flavor to the dish.

  • Black Beans: Rich in antioxidants and fiber, black beans add a deep, earthy flavor.
  • Kidney Beans: These beans provide a hearty texture and a slightly sweet taste.
  • Cannellini Beans: Also known as white kidney beans, they have a creamy texture and mild flavor.
  • Chickpeas: With their nutty taste and firm texture, chickpeas are a staple in many salads.
  • Green Beans: Adding a crisp, fresh bite, green beans balance the softer beans beautifully.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) green beans, drained and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can (15 oz) wax beans, drained and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell red pepper, diced
  • 1 bell green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

For the Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or honey for a healthier option)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Beans: In a large mixing bowl, combine the black beans, kidney beans, cannellini beans, chickpeas, and green beans.
  2. Add Vegetables: Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and parsley to the bowl with the beans.
  3. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sugar, honey, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. Mix Together: Pour the dressing over the bean and vegetable mixture. Toss everything together until the beans and vegetables are evenly coated with the dressing.
  5. Chill and Serve: Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld. Serve chilled.
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Serving Suggestions: This 5-bean salad is incredibly versatile. Serve it as a side dish at your next barbecue, pack it for a picnic, or enjoy it as a light main course. Pair it with grilled chicken or fish for a complete meal.

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This summer, make the 5-bean salad your go-to dish for any occasion. It’s healthy, delicious, and easy to make, proving that eating well doesn’t have to be complicated. Enjoy the vibrant flavors and the goodness of beans in every bite!

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