Saturday, December 21, 2013

Recipe ReDux Post # 18 Super Easy Three Bean Salad With Black Eyed Peas and Tomatoes






The holidays are in full swing and December is flying by!! Recipe ReDux for this month is even looking further ahead toward January with a theme of “Good Luck Foods”.  We were asked to share a festive and healthy dish that can be served on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. I typically serve black eyed peas on New Years as they are historically thought to bring great fortune! (Check the interesting background info on this HERE. One of my favorite dishes that I have created with black eyed peas is a Jambalaya, but this time I wanted to use them in a salad.  My family likes to have ham on New Years day with a few simple side dishes and I thought a three bean salad incorporating black eyed peas would be delish….and it was! Adding the black eyed peas to the traditional three bean salad worked nicely, as did the tomato garnish.  This dish is super easy to whip up. It can be made ahead of time as well, making it a great choice to make at the end of the holiday season when you may be pretty tired of involved and intense cooking.  Plus it has got plenty of fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein too!  So make a batch to enjoy this New Years (or anytime) and check out all the other “good luck recipes” created by the talented Recipe ReDux bloggers!!

Ingredients:

1 can kidney beans
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can black eyed peas
2 cups cut green beans, fresh or frozen thawed
1.5 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup reduced fat Italian or balsamic vinaigrette dressing (*use a gluten-free brand such as Marzetti® if you are on a gluten-free diet, I used Trader Joes Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup halved grape tomatoes (optional)

Directions:

Rinse the canned kidney and garbanzo beans and black eyed peas well and place in a large bowl. Wash and chop the green beans into 1 inch long pieces and cook by either boiling them in a pot of water or steaming in a pyrex dish in an half inch of water until tender still slightly firm (about 3-4 minutes) Run the green beans under cold water in a strainer to cool, drain and put in the bowl with the rest of the beans. In a small bowl whisk the dressing, oregano and olive oil together and pour over the beans.  Mix well until evenly coated. Add salt and pepper to taste and place in the fridge to chill and marinate at least 30-60 minutes before serving.  Garnish with the chopped tomatoes

Variations:

If you’re watching sodium use low sodium canned beans.

Makes 6 cups, 12 servings

Serving size: 1/2 cup Calories 130 Protein 5 g Carb 22 g Fiber 6 g Sugars 5 g Fat 2.5 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium  290 mg
* nutritional analysis will vary depending on type of dressing used and if salt is added


1 comments:

Serena Ball December 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM  

Great idea to use Black eyed peas in the Three Bean Salad. And like you said it can be made ahead of time for New Years...or now when schedules are hectic!

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