Enjoy a healthy Tuscan Bean Salad that is perfect as a salad or an appetizer! It’s a diverse dish that can be served as a salad with a soup and slice of warm Italian bread! Also delicious as an appetizer with tortilla chips or pita bread! However you enjoy, this is a keeper!
We are in the middle of a small nor’easter on the East Coast and the weather has been insane! We are so lucky today to escape major water damage. I hope that others more seriously affected by this storm have relief soon. The weather got me thinking of some fun times the hubs and I had last summer on Fire Island. Fire Island is a local island and we are so fortunate to live so nearby and it is so much fun! Last summer, while visiting friends there, I had the most delicious, Healthy Tuscan Bean Salad that someone bought at Costco. We had it with chips on the beach and let me tell you, the best salad ever! This is my version of that very same Tuscan Bean Salad!
I know you’re thinking a nor’easter and a summer party bean salad? Well yes, although overall, my area’s weather has not been horrific, today’s weather was freezing and windy! So this is when I put myself in those happy places. Since I am a foodie, happy places generally involve food. Ah, ya see where I am going? Thus this yummy, Healthy Tuscan Bean Salad reminds me the freezing weather will eventually leave and I can be back on the beach!
Don’t get me wrong though, this is not just a summer salad! I made this today and had a tasty snack with some homemade tortilla chips. When my friends and I had the original salad from Costco, as always, I looked at the ingredients. I decided to make my own. As any of you who stop by here regularly know, I prefer most things home made! So its a no-brainer, I made this salad with my own spin and I think you all will love it!
This is an easy salad to put together in about 15 minutes. I prefer to make this either the evening before or in the am. Let the flavors combine and enjoy later in the day. A simple recipe beginning with cooked barley! That the hardest part, from there it’s easy and no less tasty! I use canned beans and my own Skinny Basil Pesto! Again, I control the ingredients and a homemade pesto is lower in calories than store-bought pesto. However, in a pinch, feel free to use store-bought pesto. The remaining ingredients are lemon juice, fresh diced green and red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and some spices.
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Healthy Tuscan Bean Salad
An easy to prepare salad that is perfect for a salad or side dish! We love this as an appetizer with homemade tortilla chips or pita chips. Low-fat and low-calories but super tasty!
- 15 ounce can, chick peas, drained and rinsed
- 15 ounce can, navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup barley, cooked according to package directions
- 1 whole green pepper, seeded and finely diced
- 1 whole red pepper, seeded and finely diced
- 1 whole tomato, seeded and finely diced
- 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
- 2 green onions, finely diced
Tuscan Bean Dressing
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 Tablespoons skinny basil pesto
- 3 Tablespoons canola oIl
- 5 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
- salt and ground black pepper, to taste
In a small mason jar, combine the Skinny Basil Pesto (or store made pesto), canola oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper, to taste. Place cover on mason jar and shake well, to combine all ingredients. Check the seasoning and adjust, if necessary. Set aside.
To Assemble the Salad
In a large bowl, combine the chick peas, navy beans, cooked barley, green peppers, red peppers,diced tomato, sun dried tomatoes, and green onions. I season with more ground black pepper.
Toss the bean salad with the Tuscan Dressing, recipe above. Taste for seasoning, adjust if necessary. I prefer to chill salad for a few hours to allow flavors to blend. Serve as a side dish or as an appetizer with tortilla or pita chips
- Skinny Basil Pesto
- the salad has no cook time, bear in mind the barley is cooked according to the packaging you choose, therefore I did not include in the recipe.
- I usually make this recipe either the evening before serving or in the morning and chill for at least 4 hours.