Mixed bean and orange salad

Mixed bean and orange salad


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About this recipe: Crisp green beans and kidney beans are tossed with slices of red onion, fresh orange segments and a tangy salad dressing to create this vibrant mixed bean salad. Serve as is with bread or spoon into lettuce cups and enjoy!

Norma MacMillan

Serves: 4 

  • 50g (1¾ oz) thin green beans, trimmed and halved crossways
  • 3 talebspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 can red kidney beans, about 420 g, drained and rinsed
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 30g (1 oz) watercress sprigs, tough stalks discarded
  • 4 large radicchio leaves
  • salt and pepper

Prep:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

  1. Add the green beans to a small saucepan of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again, then set aside.
  2. Mix together the oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic and seasoning to taste in a large bowl. Cut the peel and pith off the oranges. Holding the fruit over the bowl of dressing to catch any juice, cut the segments from between the membranes that separate them. Add the segments to the bowl. Squeeze the remaining juice from the membranes into the dressing before discarding.
  3. Add the green beans, red kidney beans and onion to the dressing and toss together. Add the watercress with the bresaola or salami and toss lightly.
  4. Place a radicchio leaf on each serving plate and fill with the bean mixture. Serve at once.

Some more ideas

Canned mixed beans or lentils can be used instead of red kidney beans, or 100 g (3½ oz) dried Puy lentils. If using dried lentils, simmer in boiling water for 15–20 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until just tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. * For a main course, line a large dish with radicchio leaves and fill with the salad. Garnish with slices of orange. * If making the salad for children, omit the mustard from the dressing and add 2 tsp tomato purée or ketchup instead. Use sliced lean cooked ham, and top with 55 g (2 oz) diced Cheddar cheese. * Any variety of lettuce or a mixture of salad leaves can be used instead of the radicchio.

Plus points

Green beans are a good source of fibre and they also provide valuable amounts of folate, a nutrient that is important before conception and in early pregnancy to ensure proper neural development of the baby. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C.

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