Beautiful bean salad with lemon dressing and fresh herbs

Bean salad with lemon dressing

I personally think that beans unfairly have gotten a bad rumour, with people accusing them of being dull and dry. Well I think it very much depends on how you cook, prepare and serve them, and in fact beans are very versatile. Who would have thought that the main ingredient in the best chocolate cake ever is black beans, or that you can make a creamy béchamel out of white beans! Foods in general just need to be taken proper care of in order for them to blossom and show their full potential.
To celebrate the beautiful beans I have made a salad out of various beans and dressed them with a simple lemon dressing, some onion and creamy avocado. It is beans when they are at their best. You won’t mistake them for anything else, and they taste great without any tricks… just as they are.

Bean salad ingredientsBeans salad w. fried egg

I have actually had a bit of a bean-flip ever since I made this salad. First of all, I did cook a LOT of beans. I almost always buys 1 kg dried beans and cook all of them at once in a big pot. Then you can freeze them i portions and add them in several dished, without you needing to go through the trouble of soaking and boiling every time you want beans (that are not from a can!!)
So as you can imagine I have a lot of beans on hand right now, both black and black eyed, which has been a great excuse for making chocolate cake, bean salads in all kinds of variations, creamy bean humus and sweet snack bites.. It has been a blast!
Last night when I had the girls over I made a really cool bean salad for them as well, It was with apples, goats cheese, parsley, avocado and roasted hazelnuts which we concluded were pretty cool flavour components as well :)

Beans

A new favourite bean of mine (and Jonas) is the edamame bean which we have gotten to know through various visits in sushi restaurants. Here it is often served as a side dish with freshly squeezed lemon and salt. It is a lovely bean that originates from Japan and is now slowly becoming more popular around the world. It is immature green soy beans that are picked and prepared, and they have much of the same health benefits as regular soy beans. You normally prepare them by boiling or steaming them and then removing the beans from the pod. You can also buy frozen beans that have already gone through this process, which makes it very easy to use…and they are cheap as well.
Edamame beans are rich in protein (12 g pr 100g) and fibres (6 g pr 100 g) and they are high in vitamin K, folate and magnese.. They have a sweet taste and a creamy texture, which makes them a perfect match to the more nutty and dry black and black eyed beans.. So please give them a shot, and preferable do it in this salad :)

Bean salad w. lemon dressing

Bean salad

  1. JacquiJacqui01-31-2013

    I’m a big time bean lover as well. And love edamame! Love this combination you’ve created too!

  2. Hej Josephine
    Wow. Lækker hjemmside. Og bønnner er skønne :-)
    Jeg har selv været med til at udgive to økologiske bøger (layout og foto) på eget forlag med lækker vegetarisk mad. Opskrifter og tekst af Lise Faurschou Hastrup.
    Fotos kan ses på min hjemmeside http://www.nilshenrik.dk og bøgerne kan ses på http://www.tritla.com
    Mange hilsner fra Nils Henrik

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene02-02-2013

      Hej Henrik. Tusind tak. Det lyder spændende med dine bøger, dem må jeg helt klart lige få tjekket ud :) Økologisk mad og vegetar retter er virkelig skønt og nogle af mine ynglings.
      Mange hilsner fra Josephine

  3. BonnieBonnie01-31-2013

    This looks really good, and I agree, beans should get more credit. I’m definitely going to try this one.

  4. I grew up eating black-eyed peas with my grandmother. The avocados on tops look great!

  5. MiaMia02-03-2013

    Hey :)

    I love your idea of freezing the beans in portion. How exactly do you prepare the frozen beans when you want them in the salad? Just defrost them?

    Thanks :)

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene02-03-2013

      Hi Mia. Yup, the beans I boil myself is just defrosted. But when I use eg. edamame beans bought frozen, I sometimes add some lukewarm warm to speed up the process :)

  6. HeleneHelene03-01-2013

    Hi Josephine. I really want make this dish, but I can’t seem to find edamame beans anywhere. Can you recommend a substitute for them? :)

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene03-03-2013

      Hi Helene. That’s a shame, they seem to be everywhere I look :) But you could substitute them with peas or simply leave them out. Have you tried asian grocery stores?
      Josephine

      • HeleneHelene03-03-2013

        Ok, thank you. I haved looked in every asian grocery store and special health store in my city. Maybe we just have a worse assortment of beans in Norway :)

  7. SofiaSofia06-20-2013

    Fantastiska bönor alltså! I bet you like this salad as well. http://appetiteappetite.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/semi-warm-salad-with-apple-cabbage-and-lentils/

    /S

  8. Jo El SnyderJo El Snyder01-02-2014

    Oh my GOSH! I can’t wait to make this for lunch next week!!! Anyone else besides me also want the recipe for, “Last night when I had the girls over I made a really cool bean salad for them as well, It was with apples, goats cheese, parsley, avocado and roasted hazelnuts which we concluded were pretty cool flavour components as well :)”

    Please email me!!!! I LOVE Beans and Goat cheese!!!

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