Bean combo is a nice foundation for cold salad

Food art.

I believe this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship…

Beans are a wonderful fruit! So many types too. I like to take green beans and one or another dry bean and make a cold salad. Nothing new, you can dress this up any way you want, and serve it on top of your green salad.

We were late planting green beans in our garden this year, so I had to buy some. Oh well, these are one of the better deals at the grocery store, just try to sort out the duds. After I’ve snapped off the ends and washed them good, I boil them hard for about three minutes, then drain and rinse them in cold  water. 

I usually use canned garbanzo beans just because they’re quick, but it really isn’t that big a deal to soak a cup of dry beans overnight and then rinse and boil them for about 20 or 30 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when you can squish one between your fingers. 

I don’t know about your family, but we called these “butt beans” when we were kids. They are full of goodness, with a rich and creamy texture.

I made a pretty simple version – added diced red onion and green bell pepper, along with a piece of bacon all crumbled up. I dressed this with mixture of bacon grease and oil, apple cider vinegar, crushed garlic, and white sugar.

Again we have created a complete meal that is waiting in the fridge for you on those hot days.

Look,  a complete meal that is waiting in the fridge for you on those hot days. 

But I couldn’t stop there, my husband had fried a pan of bacon for this salad, and I’d just made a loaf of bread that morning. We’d also bought a tomato (!) at Safeway, and there was a colander of lettuce in the fridge – we had all the initials required for a BLT!

This meal was inspired by a friend who told me older people need more protein in their diet - thanks, good advice!

This meal was inspired by a fellow blogger who reminded me older people need more protein in their diet – thanks, good advice!

The nice thing was, our salad was there in the fridge at noon when we came in from chores. It is getting hot fast in the morning. We keep getting up earlier every day, and by 9:30, I’ll say, it’s kind of uncomfortable toting a hedge trimmer or a wheelbarrow full of yard waste out there. Sometimes the morning gets away, and we find ourselves staggering in at noon, about half-baked, looking for something solid to eat. Just having to think about what to eat is a strain, it’s nice to be able to open that door and reach for a bowl of cold comfort. 

 

 

 

 

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