White Bean Summer Salad

White Bean Summer Salad

White Bean Summer Salad

Before you run to the store to snag your last minute Independence Day foods, scan this recipe!

I promise it won't disappoint and will add some delish veggies to your regular holiday BBQ! Your fam will thank you - or maybe they won't, but at least you'll feel nourished :) 

This summer salad is nutrient rich and with foods like cucumber in abundance, it's naturally cooling and hydrating to the body - crucial this time of year!

PRE- S: if you want to know more about "this time of year" be sure to download my latest FREE Elemental Guide!

 

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At the last Elemental Living Community Retreat, we gathered around a table to prepare and share this meal. Even the skeptics were pleased with the burst of flavor and how it satiated our starving bellies!

What's even better?

NO COOKING!

Nope - just about 10-15 minutes to slice, dice & rice. 

 

WHITE BEAN SUMMER SALAD

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large can white beans, drained & rinsed
    • (Cannelloni, Great White, Northern or even Butter Beans!)
  • 3-4 small cucumbers, diced 
  • 1 bunch radishes, sliced 
  • 1-2 broccoli florets, riced
  • 1 big handful fresh basil, finely chopped 
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut anyway!
  • 1/2 purple onion, diced
  • Pine Nuts (or any other "topper" you desire)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare veggies as indicated above.
  2. Drizzle EVOO + Red Wine Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar(1-2TBL of each) over the bowl of veggies, mix well then let marinate for 15+ minutes.
  3. Add the white beans, mix well & chill (you & the meal!).

TO SERVE
Top with pine nuts + Vegan Arugula Pesto when serving. 
Note: you can absolutely add quinoa for a heartier salad or top with tuna, avocado or whatever your heart desires - get creative & tell me about it!

VEGAN ARUGULA PESTO

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 cup basil
  • 1 cup soaked walnuts
  • 1/4 cups pine nuts
  • 4-5 gloves garlic
  • 1 whole lemon, juiced 
  • EVOO

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add ingredients to a food processor & blend on low.

  2. Add water as needed. You want the pesto to be in between a salad dressing & a thick sauce texture.

     

EmL + Hepzibah Farm

Hey hey! I'm really excited to tell you about my new Veggie Box CSA from Hepzibah Farms. A few years ago, I subscribed to a weekly veggie box from Freshfully, a local grocery. It was a total game changer. I attribute the majority of my health and dietary changes to green smoothies and veggie boxes. Finding a farm I trust and purchasing a CSA membership has been on my to-do list for over a year now, so I am thrilled to partner with Hepzibah Farms and check this off my list!

Eating seasonal, local produce is important to me and having a weekly box overflowing with fresh, local fruits and veggies makes it fun and easy to do. Most boxes range from $20-$25; so financially, I found they save me money and trips to the grocery. Centering meal planning around what produce is available that week ensures that I'm working with healthy, plant based recipes on a daily basis. I love being introduced to produce I've never tried and learning about the different cooking methods. So far, I think persimmons were my favorite veggie box surprise! 

I understand there is a certain level of uncertainty involved in making full, nourishing meals from a box of veggies. It definitely gets easier with practice - PROMISE! Below is a snapshot of a dinner I made from Week 2:

  • Grilled Eggplant - dusted with olive oil, salt & pepper
  • Spiralized squash lightly sautéed in butter with onion*, tomatoes, and garlic (*I already had butter & onion on hand)
  • Ground Beef - this was left over from the hamburgers made over the weekend, so it was super easy to add into the mix!
The Hepzibah Flower CSA + my poorly photographed veggie box meal.

The Hepzibah Flower CSA + my poorly photographed veggie box meal.

Each week, I will share photos, recipes, nutrition, or general information about the produce from my CSA to help you guys see how easy it is to make a veggie box work for your household! Please share comments and questions! I'd love to chat with you!