Simple Christmas Bean Salad

This is my new favorite bean salad recipe.  I know it's got the word Christmas in it's name, but that's not going to stop me from making it anytime I feel like it.  It's the balsamic vinegar that makes this low fat recipe work so well.  And the next time I make it, I'm going to throw the green and red bell peppers on the grill first to get them good and smoky.

I've eaten this as a cold side to fajitas, all by itself at room temperature, and tossed with cooked brown rice. Christmas Bean Salad rocks all the way round!

HERE'S ALL IT TAKES

For 6 hungry folks

  • 3 cups cooked Great Northern Beans  or navy
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped with green tops
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped or 1 tablespoon dried

In a large salad bowl, toss together beans, peppers, and onions.  Whisk the orange juice, vinegar and basil together and pour over salad.  Toss well for a good coating.

Let stand for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to marry up.  Good made a day ahead.

 

CLICK HERE to WATCH ME MAKE THIS SALAD.