The “Live-Longer” Salad

We’re totally crushing on this antioxidant rich salad from Holly! Try it tonight…you won’t be disappointed.

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ a cup of Organic Cherry Tomato Medley
  • 1 medium Organic Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 medium Organic Green Bell Pepper
  • ¼ of a Purple Cabbage
  • 1 whole corn on the cobb
  • 1 Cup of dried Black Beans or 1 15 ounce can of Organic black beans
  • Juice of ½ to 1 whole fresh lemon (depending on personal preference)
  • 5-6 Large Basil Leaves
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Feta Cheese (Optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. The night before, soak the black beans in a medium pot of water. The next day, rinse the beans, and cover with 3 cups of fresh water. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer covered for approximately 1 hour. Remove cover and simmer for another 30 minutes or until beans are thoroughly cooked. Strain beans from liquid and allow 10-20 minutes to cool down. Once they are cooled down, add to salad bowl. NOTE: If using canned Organic beans, rinse the beans a few times, strain, and place in salad bowl.
  3. Bring water to a boil (enough to cover the corn usually a few cups). Husk corn and place in boiling water. Cover pan. Allow water to come to a boil again. Remove corn from saucepan and allow it to cool down. Cut corn kernels with a large knife off the cobb. Add to the salad bowl with black beans.
  4. Dice bell peppers, cabbage, and tomatoes – Placing them in the same bowl as the black beans.
  5. Chop basil leaves, mix in with salad.
  6. Cut lemon in half; squeeze ½ to whole lemon juice into salad (depending on preference).
  7. Sprinkle on paprika, cayenne and the pink Himalayan salt to taste.
  8. OPTIONAL: crumble 1-2 serving of feta cheese and mix into salad.
  9. Toss salad and ENJOY!

FUN FACT: The beans provide a great source of added protein! Black beans have about a 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein but a fourth of the carbs are a source of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber not only aids in digestion and regularity of the digestive tract, but also increases satiety and reduces appetite, making you feel fuller longer and reducing your overall caloric intake for the day. Additionally, all of the veggies in the salad also provide another source of fiber!

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