Bean Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

A bean lover will surely love this black bean recipe that I am about to introduce. Black beans are inexpensive and very easy to find.  The are rich in many nutrients that will be beneficial to the body. Specifically, they are  high in protein and fiber. Another key benefit of black beans is that they are high in  molybdemun, which is helpful in detoxifying the body. Aside from its healthy benefits, its distinctively rich and smoky flavor coupled with its velvety texture makes this recipe a bean lover’s treat.

Before preparing this recipe, care must be observed in choosing the beans. For safety reasons, it is advised to purchase dry beans and cook it yourself rather than have the canned ones. This is because the latter can contain the toxic substance known as BPA or Bisphenol A. The toxicity of this substance comes from its pesticide ingredient.

The ingredients of this recipe are divided into two. These are the salad and the balsamic vinaigrette dressing. For the salad, the ingredients are as follows: one 15-ounce can of garbanzo beans, one 15-ounce can of black beans, 1 diced medium sized red onion, 6 pieces lettuce leaves and ½ cup finely chopped celery. On the other hand, the balsamic vinaigrette will require 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 1/3 cup chopped parsley, 4 finely chopped cloves of garlic, ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil and ground pepper to taste.

To prepare the salad, simply combine the ingredients except for the lettuce leaves in a deep salad bowl. For the balsamic vinaigrette, whisk all the ingredients except for olive oil in a separate bowl. When all the ingredients have been properly mixed, pour in the olive oil a little at a time. Mix it well. Gently toss the dressing over the bean and vegetable mixture to coat the vegetables evenly. Before serving, arrange one lettuce leaf in a plate and top it with the bean salad and balsamic vinaigrette mixture. Serve immediately while fresh or store in a covered container inside the fridge to maintain freshness.

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