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crunchy bean salad four ways

February 15, 2012

vegan!
ready in less than five minutes!
healthy!

the base:
cooked beans (canned or not, doesn’t matter)
(for a party, i’ll use 1 can red beans, 1 can black beans, 1 can white beans, and 1 can garbanzo beans. a crazy amount of food for under $5!)

one trick?
you want a lot more dressing with a bean salad than a green salad, since beans are sort of bland on their own. don’t skimp on the sour if your stomach doesn’t handle vinegar very well! any sort of lacto-ferment brine, citrus juices, or homemade fruit vinegars work awesomely.

one more trick?
say you gave it the sour and salt it requires, but it’s still missing that extra something and doesn’t taste like your grandmother’s? a spoonful of sweetener, same as pasta sauce.

recipe 1 – crunchy sherry beans

rice wine vinegar
soy sauce
cooking sherry (if drinking sherry, add salt)
crushed-up peanuts
raw bean sprouts
raw sugar snaps or other fresh small pea still in the pod, snapped in half
minced fresh onions
(opt.) sprinkle of cabbage or kraut
(opt.) powdered or fresh ginger
(opt.) ground anise, clove, or chinese 5-spice powder
(opt.) powdered or raw garlic
(opt.) hoisin
(opt.) brine from a lacto-ferment, homemade fruit vinegars, or any sort of citrus juice

recipe 2 – crunchy dilled bean salad

balsamic
dill (rosemary’s good too, or really any herb)
crushed-up almonds
a splash of burgundy cooking wine
olive oil
garlic
snap peas in pod, raw, snapped in half
(opt.) brine from a lacto-ferment, homemade fruit vinegars, or any sort of citrus juice

recipe 3 – crunchy cilantro bean salad (normally black or pinto beans)

apple cider vinegar
lime juice
cilantro, with stems chopped coarsely
cumin
garlic
raw onion
raw corn
(opt.) raw avocado
(opt.) lime pickle
(opt.) brine from a lacto-ferment, homemade fruit vinegars, or any sort of citrus juice

recipe 4 – crunchy lacto-fermented bean salad

any lacto-ferments you have lying around (i personally like coarsely chopped green bean or snap pea pickles, minced garlic pickles, and lime pickles in some combination)
any herbs

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