Mediterranean White Bean and Arugula Salad is a fabulous combination of creamy white beans, slightly bitter arugula and a medley of Mediterranean goodies. It’s truly a nutritional powerhouse, and a great choice for a Meatless Monday meal.
First, let’s talk about that spicy, bitter green that people either hate or love. It’s kind of like liver or brussel sprouts, you’re either in the club, or very much “out”. I happen to be a devotee. My container garden always includes a half-barrel planter of the dark green “green”.
It also happens to pack a high nutritional content being rich in anthocyanins and other antioxidants. My Mediterranean White Bean and Arugula Salad is a great way to use it up.
This is the exact reason I decided to add this wonderful salad to the menu of the Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree . I threw the party to celebrate the last days of summer with our friends.
My arugula “patch” was still going strong with no signs of going to seed!
Next lets get down to the nitty-gritty, and that’s fiber. Yes indeed, beans are such an easy and tasty source of fiber, I try to include some in my menu plan every week.
And let’s not forget they’re also a source of protein. I love the earthy flavor and wonderful creaminess that cannellini beans provide. When paired with a strong green like arugula and a zesty vinaigrette, the flavor of the beans really shine through.
This salad combines into a nutritional powerhouse that makes a wonderful “meatless Monday” dinner salad for any time of year.
Now that we’ve got our Mediteranean White Bean and Arugula salad’s base taken care of, lets add some “goodies” to the mix. What ingredients would bring the flavors of the Mediterranean to our dinner table?
HERE’S A LIST OF FABULOUS INGREDIENTS YOU CAN ADD:
Any zesty vinaigrette would work on this salad, and if I’m feeling lazy, I’ll grab my “go-to” purchased vinaigrette. I always keep a bottle in my pantry for a fast shortcut.
On the other hand, I think that making your own salad dressing is a snap, and so easy to customize to whatever’s on hand, or what you’re in the mood for that particular day.
I covered the subject quite extensively in my post on homemade salad dressings.
I’ve included some of my favorite recipes in the post too!
CLICK HERE TO READ THE POST: MASTER LESSON – LEARN TO MAKE VINAIGRETTE FROM SCRATCH
If you have any arugula left over like I do, you’ll want to check out my recipe for Arugula and Almond Pesto.
That’s how I keep my prolific supply of homegrown arugula in check! I certainly wouldn’t want you to have perfectly good greens go to waste, would I?
Now you’ve got a wonderful recipe for Mediterranean White Bean and Arugula Salad and another recipe for your leftover arugula! How great is that?
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Calorie and fat counts will vary with portion sizes.