Food Friday: Chickpea, Canellini & Edamame Salad

So I have now been on the South Beach Diet for approximately two weeks.  It’s been rough, I admit, but I have found some great dishes that make it bearable. Most of the recipes I use as guidelines and end up improvising.  This is one of those times.  This recipe is originally from one of the official SBD books, but I made some changes to it (adding more types of beans) and I like it more this way, and so does my boyfriend.  This makes for a great side salad with dinner, or for a meal at lunch.

Chickpea, Canellini & Edamame Salad

Ingredients:

1 Can of Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
1 Can of Canellini Beans (White Kidney Beans)
1 Cup of Frozen Edamame (Unshelled)
3-4 Radishes (Thinly Chopped)
1/2 Small Red Onion (Thinly Chopped)
3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Lemon Zest (Optional)
4 Minced Garlic Cloves (0r 3 tbsp pre-minced garlic from a jar)
Season All for Taste

Preparation:

Drain and rinse the chickpeas and canellini beans.  Set aside.  Begin boiling a 2 quarts of water.  In a small bowl mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, lemon zest and minced garlic.  Chop red onion and radishes.  Mix chickpeas, canellini beans, onion, radishes and liquid mixture in a large bowl (I use a large Tupperware container for easier mixing since I can throw the lid on and shake it).  Mix until everything is evenly coated.  Set aside.  Now back to the boiling water.  Once the water has come to a boil add the frozen edamame.  Cook for 5-6 minutes.  Drain.  Rinse with cold water.  Pat dry with paper towels.  Add to the rest of the salad.  Mix until evenly coated.  Add Season All (or garlic salt) to taste.  Taste test!  If you think it needs more more of any of the ingredients (especially garlic) go ahead and add it!

Serve as a side salad with grilled chicken breasts for dinner, or store in the fridge to take to work throughout the week for a midday lunch or afternoon snack.  Filled with tasty goodness, and it is good for you. Filled with tons of fiber and protein.  And that garlic will certainly help your heart.  Just watch out for garlic and onion breath afterward.  Might want to bring a stick of sugarless gum with you.

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