Crunchy Cannellini Bean Salad

Ever get in a lunch rut?

Need new ideas for packing your kids’ or your own lunch? Are packable noontime options dwindling?

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My everyday lunch for the last month forever has consisted of the following…

One Avocado

Ziplock Bag of Carrots

Ziplock Bag of Snap Peas

and (possibly) an Apple

I know…B.O.R.I.N.G. (actually, I never get tired of the avocado). I do this because I am lazy and it requires absolutely no planning. It takes me exactly two minutes in the morning to throw it in my bag. Well this month The Recipe Redux challenged me to get out of the rut, so I got a little more creative and mixed things up. I came up with this delicious Crunchy Cannelloni Bean Salad.

Ever get in a lunch rut? Cannellini beans and an egg add a good source of protein to this crunchy salad.

 

Here’s the nutrition breakdown:

Calories        441
Carbs             40
Fat                 22
Protein           20
Sodium        729
Sugar              4

Ever get in a lunch rut? Cannellini beans and an egg add a good source of protein to this crunchy salad.

Now I’m ready to go to work with a healthy salad to keep me fueled for the day! Oh and isn’t my lunch box cool? I’ve been using this laptop lunches lunch box for a few years now. It’s great because it’s slim and can easily fit into a backpack or messenger bag (very helpful when bike riding to work!).

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Laptop Lunches lunch box fits easily into a messenger bag. Read the review here.
I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! And if you’ve never checked out The Recipe Redux before, take a look if you can. They have lots of healthy recipes. If it weren’t for them, I’d still be eating a random assortment of veggies for lunch.

Cannellini Bean Salad

Crunchy Cannellini Bean Salad
 
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Get out of that lunch box rut! Cannellini beans and an egg add a good source of protein to this crunchy salad.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 2
Ingredients
For the Dressing!
  • juice of 2 lemons (save zest)
  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • ½ shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
For the Salad!
  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • 1 can cannellini beans (check the back and make sure no extra stuff...aka sugar...is added)
  • 1 stalk celery, cut small
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 10 olives
  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Dump cannellini beans into a separate bowl, and mash about half of them until they stick together. Add celery, capers, lemon zest, about half of the dressing, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
  3. Place 1 cup spinach in a bowl. Top with ½ the cannellini bean mixture. Add 5 or so olives, ½ diced tomato, and 1 hardboiled egg. Top with more dressing. Enjoy!

 

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