Baby spinach and bean salad

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So for today's recipe I chose my favorite side salad at the moment. It's actually quite filling because of the beans and avocado, so could totally work as a small meal itself. I often like to use this as the base of my lunchboxes, adding other roasted veggies, brown rice or other leftovers to it. It's super quick to whip up, and if you don't enjoy raw onions, just leave them out :-).

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Makes 1 serving:

For the salad:

  • 1 handful of baby spinach

  • 1/2 cup already cooked and cooled black beans (or from a can well rinsed)

  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped red onion

  • 1/2 avocado, roughly chopped

  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds (white or black or both)

For the dressing:

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp mustard

  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Start by placing the baby spinach leaves in a big bowl. Add the beans, chopped onion, and avocado on top.

  2. Whisk all dressing ingredients together and toss the salad with the dressing.

  3. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve right away.


Bonus note:

If you would like to use this for your lunchbox, you may want to pack the dressing on the side. Alternatively, pour the dressing in the bottom of your lunchbox, add avocado, onion, and beans. Top with leaves and sesame, so they don't touch much of the dressing. When you are ready to eat it, shake the box well to have the dressing coat everything.

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