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What is a healthy, easy bean salad recipe?

With the increasing availability of many different types and tastes, beans can play the leading role the next time you want a healthy salad.

Beans are high in protein and fiber, yet extremely low in fat. And there is great variety: garbanzo, kidney, black, navy, pinto, lima and fava are just a few of the types of beans available.

What can you do with all these beans? Here is a simple and tasty recipe:
  • Choose any five bean varieties -- mix and match for flavor and color.
  • Put 1/2 cup of each bean variety into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add 1/2 cup chopped red onion, 1 Tbs. chopped fresh garlic and 1 diced carrot.
  • Then add 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil and 1/2 cup chopped fresh oregano.
  • Finally add 1/2 cup olive oil and the juice from 1 lemon.
  • Toss everything together and serve with some fresh toasted bread.
As an alternative, toss a handful of beans in to a conventional dinner salad for added nutrition.

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