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.