If you’re like me, I like a dish that results in leftovers. During the work week, my time is limited and when I do have spare time, I like to spend it with my daughter (not slaving over the stove!) So, this cold 3 bean salad is a winner across the board for many reasons…easy, healthy and makes great leftovers!
For those of you who have never downloaded The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Healthy Grocery Shopping List, you’ll note that beans are an important source of nutrients that we talk about. Not only are beans filled with protein, but also fiber and will keep you full longer. So many times, people think of beans as a warm dish—baked or refried beans for example—but forget that! Beans can be equally as delicious served chilled. I frequently try to incorporate black beans for example on my salads at lunchtime. But this recipe here is a cold bean salad (it is SO easy and only gets better the next day after all of the ingredients have blended together.)
Quick & Easy 3 Bean Edamame Salad
1 Bag of steamed shelled edamame (I find mine in our frozen vegetable section)
1 can of Garbonzo beans
1 can of Dark Red Kidney beans
½ cup frozen corn
¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup diced fresh cilantro
1/3 cup diced onion (I prefer sweet onions but have also made with red onions)
Salt/Pepper to taste
Seriously it is one of the easiest side dishes I make….mix all of the ingredients together the night before you want to eat it (it truly does need the time to absorb all the flavors). Mix the salad a few times (about an hour after you make it and say before you go to bed again) to make sure the flavors continue to get mixed thoroughly. And then serve up as a side dish!
This week I served this salad for dinner one night with citrus grilled chicken breasts for my husband and myself. THEN the best part, grill an extra chicken breast and the next day we both had lunch. I diced up the extra chicken breast and threw it into the leftover edamame salad! Then the next day you have, the perfect, most filling and healthy lunch for us both!
When I take this salad to parties’ people will constantly say they didn’t know you could buy shelled edamame (we’re all so used to seeing it served warm and with sea salt at our favorite sushi restaurant) but you can use edamame in so many recipes as an added source of protein too!
So, as you’re looking at your grocery list for this weekend or a summer pool party you may be going to, try this great and easy salad. You won’t be disappointed!