Simple and Satisfying Bean Salad

Bean Salad

Oftentimes,  side dishes with “salad” in the name are full of mayonnaise and other fattening ingredients. This bean salad offers flavor, a little bit of kick  thanks to vinegar and red pepper flakes, and zero heaviness. Beans are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Eating beans regularly may decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease and colorectal cancer. Plus, beans are budget-conscious, and this salad is no-fuss and filling!


Makes about 4 cups

1 15 oz can red beans (or any other kind you may like)

1 small onion, diced

2 tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup chopped basil leaves

2 cloves garlic sliced

2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Red pepper flakes to taste

Salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes so the flavors can mesh! Serve and enjoy.