'Rootin Tootin' 5 Bean Salad
Don't let our name scare you! This delectable blend of five beans, marinated in a scrumptious vinaigrette dressing is a real crowd pleaser.
You will love how easy this is to throw together, and especially how nutritious it is. I ended up making it for my best friend’s summer barbecue, it kept overnight in the fridge very well, and transported easily. It’s a keeper.
Prep time: 15 minutes (after simmering beans).
Can a salad so delicious be so good for you? You're darn tootin'!
According to the Mayo Clinic, beans are a great way to get your daily dose of iron, phosphorous, magnesium (which the body needs to keep the nerves and muscles functioning) and potassium. And as an added bonus, they're low in fat and high in other good things, like dietary fiber and protein, meaning they'll keep you fuller longer.
Blueberries may be the poster children for antioxidant abundance, but a new study suggests the humble bean may be a more deserving candidate!
Researchers found that small red beans contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than both wild and cultivated blueberries, which have been heralded in recent years for their high antioxidant content. In fact, three of the top five antioxidant-rich foods studied were beans. Read more about how beans are rich in antioxidants here