Pile this salad into a bowl for a full meal. It’s filling and satisfyingly tasty. Adding beans to a salad, increases the protein, carbohydrate and fiber content. White beans, oranges and arugula complement each other in flavor and texture, making a tasty bite with each forkful. Give this bean, orange and arugula salad a try!
This salad has a citrus dressing – a combination of hop pepper and lime which adds a nice acidic tang to the sweetness of the orange and spiciness of the arugula. The creaminess of the beans help to mellow some of the spice, but feel free to leave it out if you are sensitive to cayenne.
When considering the sprouts for this salad, use leafy sprouts rather than the crunchy legume sprouts. And depending on your desire for spice, radish sprouts add a kick, while pea shoots, broccoli, kale and sunflower sprouts are all mild. I decide based on whats available and freshest at the store if I haven’t sprouted any myself.
For another recipe post using leafy green sprouts and crunchy sprouts as the focus, go HERE.
Oranges add sweetness and tang along with a juiciness that lends itself nicely to compliment the dressing. Blood oranges are available only certain times of the year. If you can find them, give them a try. But don’t shy away from the recipe if you can’t find them, navel oranges are very nice, just a little sweeter. If you are not comfortable cutting the orange as indicated, you can add segments of the peeled orange without removing the membranes.
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White Bean, Orange and Arugula Salad
- large serving bowl
- 1 small hot red chili thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 T fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- Sea salt ground black pepper
- 3 cups cooked white beans navy, cannellini, great northern (or 2 cans)
- 3 navel or blood oranges sliced or supremed
- 2 stalks celery very thinly sliced on a diagonal
- 1 cup sprouts pea, radish, or broccoli, divided
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves divided
- 4 cups arugula
- Combine the chili, oil, lime juice, vinegar, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl.
- Add the beans and let them marinate in the dressing while preparing the vegetables.
- Use a knife to peel the oranges by cutting the peel off each end of the orange, set the orange on the cut end to stabilize and cut the peel from the flesh from top to bottom all around the orange. Once the peel and outer membrane is removed, slice thinly crosswise.
- Add the oranges, celery, half the sprouts, cilantro and arugula to the beans and dressing, toss to coat and serve.
- Garnish with more spouts.