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A Healthy Spinach Salad

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1 A Healthy Spinach Salad on 25th October 2009, 9:45 pm

A Healthy Spinach Salad
Spinach is rich in beta-carotene, folate, and vitamins C, E, and K, making it a great choice for a salad. This spinach salad features a flavorful olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing for a tangy finish.

White Bean and Spinach Salad (Phase 1)

Remarkably easy to prepare, this bean and spinach salad is also stunning and very tasty. Slice the red onion as thinly as possible; when you soak it in warm olive oil and lemon juice, the bite will mellow, leaving you with a sweet and flavorful red onion vinaigrette.

Serves 10

Prep time: 35 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes

1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach (2 ounces)
Freshly ground black pepper

Combine onion, garlic, lemon juice, and salt in a large serving bowl; stir well.

Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat until just warm, about 2 minutes. Slowly and carefully pour warm oil over onion mixture (it will sizzle a bit). Stir well to combine and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add beans and spinach to the vinaigrette, and toss well to coat. Season with pepper to taste and serve.

Nutritional information:
Per serving:
130 calories
6 g fat (1 g sat)
15 g carbohydrate
4 g protein
4 g dietary fiber
320 mg sodium

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2 Re: A Healthy Spinach Salad on 26th October 2009, 4:25 pm

Yum! Thanks for sharing! I have been trying to come up with more ways to use beans since I'm trying to eat less meat (well, I'm trying to eat less of everything ever since I arrived here Very Happy ).

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3 Re: A Healthy Spinach Salad on 26th October 2009, 5:13 pm

I will see if i can find some more bean recipes for you Very Happy

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4 Re: A Healthy Spinach Salad on 30th October 2009, 2:36 pm

Thanks! I'd love to learn how to cook some of the beans I see around here, but I don't even know what kind they are. Some of them are really large and white/yellow. I mean, really large, like giant beans. Very Happy

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