I don’t know anyone who enjoys standing over the stove in the summer…. especially the Australian summer (hello, 43 degrees C.. Personally I think it’s just wrong when the temperature outside our body is warmer than inside but that’s another whole discussion).
So today I thought I’d share one of our family’s favourite summer recipes. I got the Four Bean Mix Salad recipe off my sister years ago. I’ve changed the way I make it recently (because of changing food sensitivities eg. I’ve started getting irritated skin from lemons which I’m not too happy about because I love lemons… so instead of making lemonade I’m making… salad;-).
Anyway, I love this recipe because it is super quick to make. Yes. I realised I didn’t have a photo, so I just whipped it up and it took less than 5 minutes (including taking the picture). It’s also pretty yummy. You really can’t go past simple healthy whole food. The added bonus is that its suitable for a range of dietary needs too!
So I think this recipe will be a winner with anyone who is busy and doesn’t have hours to spend in the kitchen.
This is what you need…
Simple Summer Four Bean Mix Salad
- 1 can of organic 4 bean mix
- 10 cherry tomatoes (quartered or dice 1-2 large red tomatoes)
- 1/4 red onion finely chopped (or more if you like it)
- Your favourite dried herbs, eg. I’m using an “Italian Herb Mix” (I’ve got a commercial blend at the moment which has oregano, basil, parsley and marjoram which is really nice).
- Optional: olive oil, vinegar (eg. apple cider) or lemon or lime juice if it suits your diet. Though lately I’ve just been making it “plain” no oil or vinegar (or juice). I’m just adding more tomato and it’s lovely and refreshing.
I’ve been making up a double batch and using the left overs for my lunch (I work at home and often forget lunch when I’m working so having something made up helps to save time during the day too). Also it’s great to have ready-to-go in the fridge for the nights when we come home late from sports and the kids are hungry and we don’t have time to cook something labor intensive.
You can just eat it plain, or alternatively, I like to serve it with roasted veggies, steamed greens and or fried rice.