Happy Monday! (Right??) 🙂
I’m already looking forward to my first Summer Friday this week – woohoo! Whomever invented these was a genius.
Anyway, back to Monday and my recent obsession with cold bean salads. They’re just so perfect for this unrelenting heat we’ve been having, yes?
I came across a recipe that looked too good to pass up in the strangest of places – a monthly e-newsletter from The Running Company (East Side). It was for a honey balsamic bean salad…
While I was putting this together, I realized a bit too late that I’m not the biggest fan of thyme. Ah, well.
It turned out ok – the dressing was especially delicious. I substituted agave nectar for honey, and just used white beans and garbanzos. I have a lot left over, and I’ll probably add more veggies when I have it again. Here’s the recipe:
Honey Balsamic Bean Salad
- 1 8 oz can EACH cooked chickpeas, pinto beans, black beans
- 1 small head of romaine lettuce, washed, dried, shredded
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons runny honey
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4+ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 10 sprigs fresh thyme
Combine the beans, lettuce, and most of the almonds in a large salad bowl. Set aside. Make the dressing by whisking the olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and sea salt in a small container. Taste, and adjust to your tastes. Mix together and add thyme.
Since I still had some cilantro, corn and white beans lying around, I whipped up another bean salad similar to the black bean one I made last weekend. I looooovvve cilantro, and I didn’t want it to go to waste!
This was delicious, and went kind of like this:
- 1 15 oz can white beans
- 1 15 oz can corn
- 1/2 plum tomato
- 1/4 avocado (it wasn’t ripe enough or else I would have used more…)
- lots of cilantro
- juice from 1 lime
Mixed allll together and voila!
It’s looking like another steamy week here in NYC (thinking this is probably going to be a theme this summer…), so that means more hot, humid runs. Oh well, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, eh?
I cross trained this morning at the gym with the spin bike (40 mins) and elliptical (20 mins), and did some light lifting and core stuff. My IT bands are feelin’ a little cranky after my ~12.75 miler on Saturday and 5 recovery miles yesterday, so I’m playing it safe (for once) 🙂 Back to the trails/roads tomorrow!
Good days to all!
Question: Do you like thyme? Cilantro? Favorite herb?