This recipe is for everyone who a) loves buckwheat and/or beans; b) has bought buckwheat and doesn’t know that to do with It; c) wants to try buckwheat for the first time; or d) is simply in the mood for a salad, because hello – it’s around 8 billion degrees right now. It’s your multiple choice, but the important thing here is – make this buckwheat and beans salad, because life is short and this is too delicious to not try it.
Made with buckwheat and beans this salad will not leave you hungry or in a sucky mood. Besides being super colorful and fun to look at, this recipe is delicious, satisfying, gluten-free and a perfect lunch or dinner.
To be very honest with you I’m not sure what kind of beans I used. The label just said big beans and the lyrics “I like big beans and I cannot lie” popped into my head, so I bought them…They were really good, but you can use any kind of beans you have available to you – kidney beans, white beans… they’ll all do a good service here.
As for buckwheat it’s my second time making something with buckwheat and I’m telling you, even the guys at McDonalds would be lovin’ it. The last time I made something with buckwheat it was vegetable fried “buckwheat”, very much like vegetable fried rice, but somehow it wasn’t really my thing, that’s why you won’t be seeing that recipe here.
For this recipe you will have to cook the buckwheat ahead of time, because you need to let it cool off before putting it into the salad – one hour should be enough. The easiest thing is to make it the night before and let it cool in the fridge.
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Now let’s get back to this awesome salad and find out why it’s good for health and beauty.
HEALTH AND BEAUTY BENEFITS
I can’t begin to explain how healthy this salad is. It’s high-fiber, rich in minerals (iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium), vitamins (C,E,A) and phytochemicals (curcumin, lycopene, quercetin).
So what? All food has some fiber, minerals and vitamins.
Well the difference is that this salad has a variety of these nutrients and in high amounts. And that’s why it’s:
My favorite kind of salad – all these properties also make sure your skin feels and looks perfect. The nutrients are shown to fight free radicals and skin aging and this salad is also good if you suffer from acne. It’s dairy- and gluten-free and also anti-inflammatory, which help your skin clear out.
Healthy buckwheat salad with beans
- ½ cup buckwheat – cook ahead and let cool off
- 1 tomato
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp majoram
- 10 basil leaves
- 1 cup arugula
- 1 red onion
- 1 cup beans
- some green olives
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp water
- ½ lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove (smashed)
- Cook buckwheat according to the label instructions and let it cool off.
- Rinse and drain beans.
- Chop tomato, basil leaves, arugula, onion.
- In a large salad bowl place buckwheat (cooled off), beans, tomatoes, basil leaves, arugula, onion, a few olives, a little turmeric, black pepper and majoram.
- For the dressing mix in a very tiny cup/jar/bowl tahini with lemon. It will get really thick and will not look like a dressing at first. Then start adding little by little water (about 1 tbsp) – until it looks creamy and white. If you want – add the garlic – it surely brings more flavor and lots of health benefits.
- Pour the dressing over the salad, mix everything well and enjoy!
vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free
antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy