This heart healthy three bean salad made with black beans, kidney beans and chick peas is packed with refreshingly light flavors of lemon and basil.
I've recently been experiencing some health issues with my cholesterol and have been trying to incorporate more beans into my weekly diet. Eating salads like this Lemon-Basil Three Bean Salad certainly makes it easier.
Though beans are comparable to meat in calories, they have more fiber and water content; which makes you feel fuller more quickly. It is also recommended that we increase our intake of legumes from 1 to 3 cups per week.
Beans are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. By eating beans regularly, it also may reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, and helps with weight management.
How do you make Lemon Basil Three Bean Salad?
For this recipe you'll need black beans, kidney beans, chick peas, red onion, fresh basil, lemon zest and juice, white balsamic vinegar, EVOO, salt and pepper. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. That's it, super easy right?
This Lemon-Basil Three Bean Salad is wonderfully light and flavorful with simple ingredients and can be ready in about 15 minutes.
It makes for a satisfying lunch or as an accompaniment to any meal; especially when paired with grilled foods like chicken, fish or pork. ~Enjoy!
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Lemon-Basil Three Bean Salad
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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*Originally shared May 2014/Updated February 2020.