Believe it or not even a chef struggles with what to make for an easy and portable lunch. Since I spend most of my days on the go- a simple protein packed lunch is a must. One of my go to salads is inspired by The Hopkins Eatery's Black Bean and Chicken Salad. Love that combination of creamy feta, kidney beans and balsamic vinegar- YUM. This salad holds up well in the fridg for a few days which makes it even better.
Marinated Bean Salad
1 can or 1 1/2 cups kidney beans (or black beans, navy beans, pinto, etc.) rinse and drain
10 oz or 1 1/4 cup edamame, defrosted
1 cup green beans (fresh or frozen), defrost if frozen
1/4 cup good quality feta cheese or your favorite stinky cheese
1/4 cup marinated red onions
1/4 cup tomatoes - chopped (optional)
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove minced
1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, combine mustard, vinegar then slowly whisk in olive oil, add seasonings/garlic and whisk to combine. Toss in beans through tomatoes and combine thoroughly. Refrigerate one hour before serving.