Asian-Inspired Three Bean Salad from GreenLiteBites
September 22, 2014 9 Comments
Roni from GreenLiteBites is an inspiration.
She began blogging in 2005 (whoa!) to catalogue and support her weight loss efforts. She lost 70 pounds, has kept it off, and has been featured in a ton of places – most recently she had a page in Ladies Home Journal.
If you aren't reading her blog, you click over there and start following her.
Why do I love Roni? She lost the weight by eating healthy and changing her habits. Her recipes are accessible and delicious – and she includes Weight Watchers Points Plus for WW members.
She uses a ton of fruits and vegetables and I asked her to share this salad because it is one you can create from food that is stored in your pantry – no fancy ingredients – and it is SO tasty.
This is going to sound funny because I’m sharing an idea that uses three canned food items, but the more fresh foods I keep on hand the more inspired I am to whip up dishes. With the addition of my herb garden (which is really flourishing), I’m making an effort to keep things like fresh garlic, lemons and limes on hand. I don’t want to admit it, but juice from a fresh lime is WAY different than the bottled stuff. Same with garlic! So I guess this idea is how I used a few fresh ingredients to really liven up some pretty basic pantry items.
This is what I was inspired to pull out last week…
Those things combined made up the tastiest salad ever! I ate it all weekend, finally finishing it off Saturday night and I’m making another batch today to bring to a party (we’re getting together to watch the USA soccer game tonight!).
I LOVE the twist in flavors from what is traditionally an Italian-flavored dish, at least in my family. My mom would always make a variation of this simply using a bottled Italian dressing and I loved it growing up. Here’s my twist on this classic…
Asian-Inspired 3-Bean Salad
reprinted with permission from GreenLiteBites
1 packed tbsp minced fresh basil (10 large leaves)
1 packed tbsp minced fresh cilantro
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime (I got just about an ounce out of it)
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp dark sesame oil
1 tsp hot sauce (add to taste)
1 15oz can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15oz can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
1 15oz can of green beans, drained
Put everything but the beans in a large bowl and whisk to make the dressing.
Put everything but the beans in a large bowl and whisk to make the dressing. Add the beans to the bowl. Toss! Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for later.
For one cup = 150 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 26.0 g carbohydrates, 7.0 g sugar, 5.0 g protein, 6.0 g fiber, 3 Points+
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes