Friday, September 19, 2008

kidney bean salad.

I think I forgot to mention that Summer's going to be out of town for the next week and a half- so you're all stuck with me, ha! The downside of this of course, is that I don't really bake, so if you're here looking for sweet treats, you might have to hold out for a few more days.

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So, last night I scrambled around the kitchen trying to get dinner ready in time for us to eat and rush out the door to see the swifts. We ended up finishing too late to get out there in time, but they keep up the show 'til the end of the month, so I hope to see them soon. Dinner ended up being a simple meal of spaghetti and steamed broccoli. Tasty, but where's the darn protein? All my chicken was frozen. I stuck my arm in the cupboard, and it came out holding a can of kidney beans. Kidney beans? Why do we even have kidney beans? We never eat them with anything! Usually it's either black beans, pinto beans, or garbanzo beans. What can I say, we're not a very beany family. Then, inspiration suddenly struck. When I was done throwing it all together, I ended up with this spur of the moment, TOTALLY tasty cold bean salad, and I felt satisfied knowing that we weren't just chowing on empty carbs & tomato sauce for dinner.

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Kidney Bean Salad:

1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed.
1 medium-sized, ripe tomato, diced.
A handful of scallions, chopped.
1 small clove of garlic, crushed
Heaping teaspoon of stone ground mustard
A drizzle of olive oil
A splash of balsamic vinegar

Stir to combine rinsed beans, diced tomato, chopped scallions, and crushed garlic in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together mustard, olive oil, and balsamic. Drizzle over bean mixture and stir to coat.

The raw garlic and mustard give it an awesome bite. Usually when I whip things together at the last minute, it turns into a disaster, but this was really tasty and I'm filing it away for another meal. This would also make a rad pot luck side, or travel well for a picnic!

3 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Haha, no worries!! I love that you're posting :0)

GORGEOUS salad.

Angela said...

I need to tell you both how much I LOVE your blog. I've started to get more creative with food since I got married about a year ago. This creativeness has started to come in handy as my sister was fairly recently diagnosed with an intestinal condition which requires a pretty (well, very) strict diet. And since she doesn't like eating just applesauce and pasta, I've been trying to develop some good recipes. I love to see other people's brainstorms and start to draw from that! Also, people make fun of me for taking pictures of food...so glad to see I'm not the only one. Although yours are much more attractive. Thanks for the interesting and inspirational blog!

Alex Rushmer said...

Hi Alicia - looks like a great salad, and so healthy too! Thanks for stopping by Just Cook It and leaving a comment. I'd love to try stumptown sometime. I'll have a looksee on their website now. Thanks for the tip