Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Green Bean, Pea and Haricot Bean Salad GF SCD

Beans and peas are an excellent source of plant based protein and we always try to incorporate some into our diet every day. Green peas are one of my favourite vegetables and I can't resist eating them straight from the pod when they're in season, they're the sweet, highlight of the Summer months. Not only are they protein rich, containing about 5 grams of protein per 100 grams, they're also a great source of Folic Acid,Vitamins C and K And best of all, green peas are nutritiously delicious whether they're cooked or eaten raw.

Haricot beans (or Navy Beans) provide about 8 grams of protein per 100 grams. These small, oval beans are the ones used in baked beans, one of our Nations' great favourites. Fine green beans only provide another couple of grams of protein per 100 grams but they are so tasty, who can resist them!

I make a lot of bean salads, not only do they add another texture to the plate and fibre to the diet, they're also cheap and easy to make.

Green Bean, Pea and Haricot Bean Salad GF SCD

200g fresh or frozen peas (I used frozen today)
250g cooked haricot beans 
200g fine green beans
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
Parsley to garnish 

Dressing :
4 tblsps extra virgin olive oil
½ freshly squeezed lemon
1-2 tblspns chopped parsley
1 clove garlic
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

Chop the ends of the beans and slice into three equal pieces.

Tip into a steamer with the frozen peas.

Steam for 5 to 7 minutes and drain. Meanwhile, make the dressing.

Roughly chop the parsley and slice the garlic. Add some salt and freshly ground black pepper, pour in the oil and lemon juice. Blend until combined. If you prefer, you can mince the garlic and chop the parsley finely and just tip all the ingredients into the jar and shake.

Tip the cooked haricot beans, peas and green beans into a bowl and pour over the dressing. Stir well, chill and serve.

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  1. nice opinion.. thanks for posting.

  2. Hello sweet Vicky, This looks and sounds so yummy! I look forward to trying it. The dressing would be good on so many things too! Thank you for sharing the lovely photos and recipe! I hope your Friday and weekend will be wonderful! Love, Paula xo

  3. That looks simple and delicious. I know what you mean about having little food in the house. I can buy more, but then they just eat it quicker! ;)

  4. that looks fabulous! perfect for memorial day! thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks Joann! Haha yes! I have to be strong and use what's left for the rest of the week, where does it all go????

    GFHappyTummy (I wish I knew your name) Thank you for visiting - I found your blog now, awesome!

  6. Hi Vicky,

    Hooray for you - finally warm weather!. Maybe you'll get to have some strawberries soon!!

    This salad looks so refreshing. And so healthy. Love it. We are huge green bean fans in this house.

    I personally find it a fun challenge to create a dish from the bare cupboards. Really forces you to be creative.

    Have a great weekend Vicky.


  7. This looks like a wonderful side dish for tonight's dinner ☺ I invite you to drop by my site and share your recipe in my recipe carnival. It is a weekly event that starts each Sunday at 7pm and end at midnight each Wed.

  8. So fresh! Perfect spring dish. :) Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a fresh and delicious looking salad! I love the dressing that you used. Yum!

  10. Vicky, thank you for participating this week. We hope to see you again ☺

  11. Your salad looks amazing! The dressing sounds especially delicious - perfect for summer picnics.

  12. Your salad looks so fresh and delicious - perfect for all the hot weather the UK has been having! It's lovely and wholesome too, and your dressing sounds so good!

  13. Hi Vicky,
    Our Green Beans in the garden are almost ready to harvest, this will be a perfect recipe to try. It looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. This looks like such a fresh salad. so pretty as well.

  15. What a great looking fresh salad with a nice light dressing. Thanks for sharing it with us at Whole Food Wednesdays.