Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Favorites: Ten Favorite Salads with Beans for Indian Summer Picnics (or lunches at work)

When it's Indian Summer weather, pack some White Bean and Tuna Salad and go on a picnic!

I'm crazy enough over bean salads that I had a hard time narrowing down my list to just ten favorites to spotlight here.  Seriously I can eat bean salads all year long, but I think they're especially good for the summer-into-fall type of days when it's a bit too hot to cook, but just cool enough that you'd like something a little substantial for lunch.  For the last few weeks Utah has been having that kind of gorgeous Indian Summer weather that makes everyone want to be outside, and any of these favorite bean salads would be great to pack up for a picnic or to take with you on a hike.  And if the weather is not cooperating where you are, all these salads would make a great option for a brown lunch for work as well.

First up in the big photo above is my beloved White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley.  I've convinced a few tuna skeptics with this salad, which uses tuna packed in olive oil for extra flavor.

If you like Mexican flavors, you can't go wrong with this Black Bean Salad with Jicama, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Lime.

I think it's just a little early for persimmons, but as soon as you see them in the stores I recommend making this Black Bean Salad with Fuyu Persimmon, Avocado, and Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette.

This Chickpea and Edamame Salad with Lemon and Mint is a combination that really worked for me.

More of that fabulous tuna packed in olive oil goes in this Spicy Pinto Bean and Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley.

If you don't have tomatoes, this Spicy Cannellini Bean Salad with Tuna, Peperoncini, and Parsley is a slightly different version.

I only posted it recently, but I can tell that this Butter Bean Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Feta, and Basil Vinaigrette is a salad that's going to be on the menu often at my house.

When someone brought these Cannellini Beans in Mint Marinade to a neighborhood pot-luck in 2008, I asked for the recipe as soon as I tasted them!

And finally, please make this Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic, Lemon, Mint, and Parsley while the garden herbs are still plentiful.  I promise you won't regret it!

The weekend is finally here so I'm hoping all my readers have good weather so they can enjoy some time outside.  And if you have a favorite salad for summer-into-fall picnics, please let us know about it in the comments!
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  1. My stars, I could unhinge my jaw on every single bowl.

  2. What a nice selection of bean salads. So nice to have an Indian Summer before the cold weather sets in. I would like a spoonful of each please.

  3. Thanks Bev and Jeanette! So glad you like them.

  4. As you know, I adore beans, especially in salads. I am loving your round-up!

    This has been my go-to potluck bean dish this summer, to rave reviews:

  5. OMG! Too many good recipes for me to try. I'm going to die of happiness. I'm not complaining, mind you! ;-) Thanks for this delicious line-up of recipes.

  6. I'm pretty sure I need to cook my way through this list. Everything looks amazing! I love a good bean salad for lunch.

  7. Janet, that sounds good! Anything with capers would be ok with me!

    Paz, thanks. Glad you like the salads!

    Joanne, one of my favorite things to take for lunch when I taught school!

  8. Jeez Louise, woman. I'm sitting here in awe of this selection imagining a party where each one is on a table and I can trawl through them one by one. Thinking the last is on my list first. Today. The hubster is headed to a football game with his brother and I'm home alone which means salad! Wonderful selection, Kalyn!

  9. Thanks Kelly. Let's have a retreat at my house and I'll make salad for everyone!

  10. One of the wonderful things about having the great blogging and recipe history like you have, Kalyn, is that you can do one of these roundups and we all find something new to us or see a recipe that we still haven't made. Your Southwestern Black Bean Salad falls into the latter category for me. Serendipitously (because sometimes one fails to plan appropriately), I believe I have all the ingredients on hand--woohoo! :-)

    No Indian summer here unfortunately. As much as I love fall, I was hoping to have enough of an Indian summer for good camping weather (warm days, cold nights) before it got too cold. But rain in the forecast added to the cold has kept us home this weekend. Hoping for a little better weather tomorrow for our support group picnic.

    Salads? I'm pretty partial to the Pulled Chicken Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing that I just made. (Chickpeas or Beans can be used in place of chicken.) And I crave this Chickpea Salad from Mary (Gluten-Free Spinner.

    Thanks, Kalyn! I hope you have a long Indian summer to keep your garden going as long as possible. :-)


  11. Shirley, glad you found something that looks good. Sorry you aren't getting the Indian Summer; it's really glorious this year. Thanks for sharing some good salads too.

  12. Made that Lebenese lentil salad for a potluck and ringed the outside with some feta. (I didn't want to share....) Everyone loved it. Thank you Kalyn!

  13. CJ, what a great idea to put a ring of Feta on the lentil salad. Glad you liked it.

  14. What a beautiful collection of salads. I love black beans and white beans, and lentils, of course. Still can't quick adore chickpeas, unless they're ground in hummus or soup, but I'm working on it. I like to make big batches of beans in the slow cooker, and freeze them in salad-size portions to be at the ready when the urge for a salad strikes.

  15. I love bean salads, this is perfect!

  16. Lydia, we will get you to like chickpeas yet. Or just use other types of beans in the salads that call for chickpeas; I'm sure that will work.

    Pam, thanks. Glad you like it.

  17. This is so coincidental! I was independently searching your blog for bean salads as I'm going back to phase one for a few weeks and am so bored of plain vegetable salads for work. Obviously, fate agrees with my decision, hehe. Thanks for consolidating them!

    Also, on a side note, I've lost 20kgs since last september on South beach, in part due to the dozens of your recipes I've cooked from your blog, so give yourself a pat on the back too please :)

  18. Ali, so glad my timing was good to you. And thanks for the nice thoughts, but really the credit for losing weight goes to you. Way to go; I'm glad my blog was helpful!

  19. Kalyn
    These all look great - although you're missing one of yours that is a favorite of mine that I make regularly to bring with me to work...the carrot, parlsey and garbanzo bean salad. Love it! But I'll have to branch out and try some of these!!

    My favorite...

  20. Karen, thanks for the nomination for that one. I do like it a lot too; just too many good salads!

  21. oooohhh! a perfect selection for the next BBQ! wonderful, thanks!

  22. Thanks Johanna, glad you liked the salads.

  23. Hi Kalyn,

    I made your White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley when you posted it on July 7...and have made it every week since!!! Now when I think of tuna salad, I don't automatically reach for the jar of homemade mayonnaise...and my waistline thanks you ^_^

    Will have to give your Spicy Pinto Bean and Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes, and Parsley a whirl this week!

  24. Dawson, I love hearing that! So glad you've been enjoying it.

  25. Brenda the BarefootcookingirlSeptember 19, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Wow, these salads all look amazing! I know what I'm making for dinner tonight. I always drain and reserve the oil from my tuna packed in olive oil and use it as part of the dressing ingredients. It really does give any canned tuna salad recipe more flavor! week 2 into SB p1 and this will really help making up those brown bag lunches! Thanks for the recipes!

  26. Brenda, good idea, and I hope you enjoy the salads!


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