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Bean salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Medically reviewed on August 30, 2018

Serves 6

Dietitian Tip

Beans are an excellent source of soluble fiber, the type of fiber that can help control blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Ingredients

For the vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) low-sodium garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped

Directions

To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, parsley, garlic and pepper. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the beans and onion. Pour the vinaigrette over the mixture and toss gently to mix well and coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate until served.

To serve, put 1 lettuce leaf on each plate. Divide the salad among the individual plates and garnish with chopped celery. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving SizeAbout 1 cup
Calories206
Carbohydrate22 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Fiber8 g
Protein7 g
Sodium174 mg
Monounsaturated Fat7 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Total Fat10 g

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