You’ll enjoy this lighter side salad recipe: Lemon Basil Three Bean Salad.
I’ve just returned from some time in Italy, where I ate loads of well-deserved pizza and pasta. But my body is done with all of that, and it’s begging me to eat a little cleaner for a couple weeks. This salad is good for that. Tossed with a light dressing, it’s one that will fill you up for sure.
This salad is reminiscent of the three bean salad of yesteryear… which happens to be my favorite bean salad ever. No sugar in this salad though. It doesn’t need it.
I enjoyed having this as a side to a grilled chicken breast for lunch. It’s definitely not pizza or pasta… but my body is thanking me for it nonetheless. And, if you happen to be following the Weight Watchers WW plan, you will find a link to the WW Points on the recipe card below.
Here are a few more bean salad recipes you might enjoy:
Lemon Basil Three Bean Salad
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- freshly ground black pepper, as much as desired
- One 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- One 15 ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained
- ⅔ cup cooked shelled edamame
- ⅓ cup finely chopped sweet white onion
- ⅓ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
- 5 large basil leaves, thinly sliced
- Whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
- Add the beans, edamame, onion, bell peppers and basil, tossing to coat.
- Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
- If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, just be sure to use brands of beans that are known to be GF.
Some of my favorite flavors! Can’t wait to give this salad a try!
Lori! This looks amazing! I didn’t get in on any three-bean salad while we were in Italy…though now I wish I had. I’m definitely going to make this — I don’t even have to veganize it! xxoo Hannah
there was 3bean salad in Italy? I must have missed that! Thanks for visiting me here!