Kale Avocado Salad (with Lemon Dijon Dressing!)

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Dish up this easy kale avocado salad for dinner tonight. This fresh salad is loaded with fresh kale, white beans, sunflower seeds, avocado, drizzled with a lemon dijon dressing. This salad is a vegan and vegeta…

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Dish up this easy kale avocado salad for dinner tonight. This fresh salad is loaded with fresh kale, white beans, sunflower seeds, avocado, drizzled with a lemon dijon dressing. This salad is a vegan and vegetarian dish that the whole family will enjoy.  Crunchy, savory, and a nice kick of citrus flavor in each bite....

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Hearty White Bean Caesar Salad Bowls

Nourish bowls are the best. Grab yourself a grain, a protein, some veggies, and sauce — and you’re set with a flavorful, filling, and balanced meal! This Caesar Salad Nourish Bowl is no exception. 
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It’s fresh, vibrant, satisfying, meal-prep friendly, and super versatile (use up whatever root veggies you have on hand). Just 10 ingredients required for this delicious plant-based and gluten-free meal packed with protein, fiber, and minerals.

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Easy White Bean Salad

This quick white bean salad is bursting with Mediterranean flavor! It’s great for a fast lunch or an easy side…

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This quick white bean salad is bursting with Mediterranean flavor! It’s great for a fast lunch or an easy side dish.

White Bean Salad

We’re always on the hunt for quick and easy lunch ideas over here. Here’s our newest invention you can mix up in minutes: White Bean Salad! It’s bursting with Mediterranean flavor from simple ingredients: bell pepper brings a crunch, parsley an herbaceous bite, and red wine vinegar brings a zing of acidity. Top with a sprinkle of feta, and it’s irresistibly tasty with minimal effort. We often lean on bean recipes for healthy lunches, and this simple mix hits it out of the park for us. It also does double duty as an easy side dish!

Ingredients in white bean salad

This white bean salad is perfect for lunches: we created the recipe as something you could whip up on the fly right before eating. Or, it’s great as a party salad: especially for summer picnics or potlucks! The ingredients are optimized for it to stay well in the refrigerator, but it’s great for eating right away. Here’s what you’ll need for this white bean salad:

  • Navy beans or cannellini beans (see below)
  • Red pepper
  • Red onion or shallot
  • Parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • Feta cheese
White Bean Salad

Navy beans vs cannellini

This white bean salad leans on a bean that’s worth seeking out: navy beans! They’re small and have a velvety texture and nutty flavor. Cannellini beans are easiest to find at the grocery, but they can sometimes taste a little mushy. Navy beans have a nice pop when you bite into them, which makes them our top choice for this salad.

Navy beans are worth seeking out, though sometimes we have a harder time finding them at our local grocery (yes, we’ve made some extra grocery trips!). Of course, you can substitute cannellini beans if desired and this salad still tastes great.

Olive oil & vinegar quantities

One note on the oil and vinegar quantities in this white bean salad! We’ve provided two options depending on how you’re serving it.

  • Use less oil and vinegar if eating right away. Make it to eat for lunch right away, and you can get away with ½ tablespoon oil and vinegar. It tastes great right when you mix it up.
  • Use more if storing it refrigerated or making for a party. Use 1 tablespoon each oil and vinegar and it makes more of a marinated bean salad texture. This is best here because it can dry out in the fridge or as it sits.
White Bean Salad

Make a double batch for a party

Want to make this white bean salad for a party? The quantity in the recipe below makes enough for 2 large lunch servings or 4 small servings as a side dish. We kept it this size because we eat it primarily as a lunch salad: and it’s easy to double.

Making it for a party or entertaining? Make a double batch! You’ll want to use the larger quantity of oil and vinegar for the party size, which will be 2 tablespoons each oil and vinegar. Click the 2x button in the recipe below.

Ways to serve this white bean salad

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  • For lunches, stored in a covered jar
  • With shrimp like baked shrimp or sautéed shrimp as a fast and easy meal
  • With salmon like baked salmon or pan seared salmon
  • At a picnic or potluck (double recipe)
  • With chopped ripe tomatoes when in season
  • With other fresh herbs like basil, oregano, chives or thyme when in season

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This white bean salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the feta cheese.

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White Bean Salad

Easy White Bean Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large or 4 side dish servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This quick white bean salad is bursting with Mediterranean flavor! It’s great for a fast lunch or an easy side dish.


Ingredients

  • 1 can navy beans* (or cannellini beans)
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper (or substitute sliced ripe cherry tomatoes, when in season)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion or shallot
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley (or green onion top or other herbs)
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese (omit for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the beans.
  2. Dice the bell pepper. Mince the red onion, and chop the parsley.
  3. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients (if you’re eating right away, use the ½ tablespoon oil and vinegar; if making to refrigerate or for a party where it will sit out, use 1 tablespoon). Taste and add additional salt if desired. Saves up to 3 days refrigerated; taste and add additional salt, olive oil and vinegar after storage.

Notes

*If making for a party, make a double recipe (use the 2x button).

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Salad

Keywords: White bean salad

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Easy Kale Soup

This Italian kale soup recipe with white beans is full of bold, Mediterranean flavor! Healthy and satisfying, it’s ready in…

A Couple Cooks – Recipes worth repeating.

This Italian kale soup recipe with white beans is full of bold, Mediterranean flavor! Healthy and satisfying, it’s ready in just 30 minutes.

Kale soup

Need a healthy soup recipe that pleases everyone? Try this Kale Soup with White Beans! Hearty Tuscan kale, white beans and kale float in a tangy broth flavored with oregano and fennel. It’s like a combination of all our favorite soup recipes in one bowl: comforting and full of bold Mediterranean-style flavors. It comes together in just 30 minutes and makes a huge pot that’s great for leftover lunches. Really, it ticks all of our boxes! Healthy, easy, and irresistibly tasty.

Ingredients in this kale soup recipe

This kale soup delivers flavor well beyond its quick prep time! Sip a spoonful and you’ll be surprised by the pop of tangy flavor.

  • Kale: you can use either Tuscan or curly, but we prefer Tuscan (see below)
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Olive oil
  • Canned fire roasted tomatoes
  • Vegetable broth
  • Canned or cooked white beans: cannellini, Great Northern, navy, butter, or other
  • Seasonings: fennel seed, oregano, smoked paprika
Kale soup

Use Tuscan kale, but curly works

There are a few main types of kale you can find at the grocery store. We like Tuscan kale in this kale soup, because it has the mildest flavor and is Italian in origin, which matches the Mediterranean-style flavor of this soup. Here are the different types of kale you’ll see:

  • Tuscan kale has dark green, flat leaves and a mellow flavor. It’s also sometimes called Lacinato or dinosaur kale. It’s common in Italian dishes like Tuscan Kale Salad or Tuscan Vegetable Stew (Ribollita).
  • Curly kale is brighter green and very curly. The flavor is bitter and spicy., which is why we usually prefer Tuscan kale.
  • Baby kale is kale that’s harvested before it’s mature and sold in boxes in grocery stores and farmer’s markets. Baby kale has a very mild flavor and is more tender than standard kale, so you don’t have to cook it as long.
Tuscan kale

Why to look for fire roasted tomatoes

Another flavor secret to this kale soup? Fire roasted tomatoes. If you’ve been reading for a few years, you’ll know that we often use this type of tomato in our recipes because it brings massive sweet flavor, especially to soups and sauces. Here’s the downlow on fire roasted tomatoes:

  • Fire roasted tomatoes are a type of canned tomato that’s roasted over a flame before canning. They’re sold by several different brands, and you can find them in the canned tomato section in your local grocery.
  • Fire roasted tomatoes taste sweet right out of the can, instead of bitter like other canned tomatoes. This means you can cook them for less time, which is always a pro in our book!
  • Can’t find them? Just use the highest quality canned tomatoes you can find. You could also add a pinch of smoked paprika and a pinch of sugar to round out the flavors.
Kale Soup

What to serve with kale soup

Want to make it into a meal? This kale soup is an easy 30 minute meal that’s ideal as an easy dinner idea or healthy lunch. Here are a few ways to accessorize it to make a quick meal:

Storage info

This kale soup saves very well! After you make it, you can refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. The flavor just gets better with time!

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Kale soup

Easy Kale Soup


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This Italian kale soup recipe with white beans is full of bold, Mediterranean flavor! Healthy and satisfying, it’s ready in just 30 minutes.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 28-ounce cans diced fire roasted tomatoes*
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 15-ounce cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried fennel seed, crushed with fingers, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 bunches Tuscan kale (or 1 large bunch curly kale), chopped
  • Shredded Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese for serving, optional

Instructions

  1. Prepare the onion and carrot as noted above.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and butter (or all olive oil) over medium high heat. Add the onion and carrots and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes until tender.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth and beans. Bring to a steady simmer, then add 1 teaspoon of the fennel seed, along with the dried oregano, smoked paprika and kosher salt. Simmer 12 minutes. (Meanwhile, chop the kale.)
  4. Add the kale and simmer additional 2 to 3 minutes until the kale is tender. Add the additional ½ teaspoon crushed fennel seed. Taste a cooled spoonful and add up to ½ teaspoon additional kosher salt (depending on the salt level of your broth and beans), until the flavor pops.
  5. Serve immediately with grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese. Store refrigerated for 3 days or frozen up to 3 months.

Notes

*If you can’t find fire roasted tomatoes, use the best canned tomatoes you can find. Add another ½ teaspoon smoked paprika and 1 teaspoon sugar, honey or maple syrup to round out the flavors.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Soup

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