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Beans never cease to astound me with their versatility. As the weather heats up and our hunger for comforting stews gives way to a desire for lighter fare, beans can still be the backbone of a meal, but I’m more inclined to make them the focus of a main dish salad than a simmering ragout. I love the way they soak up tart salad dressings and the way their velvety textures play against the crunch of other salad ingredients, like fresh green beans, celery or fennel. [..]
Beans are an important source of plant-based protein. In her interesting new book, “Eating on the Wild Side,” Jo Robinson, a health and nutrition writer, cites a 2004 federal Agriculture Department survey of the phytonutrient content of 100 of our most common fruits and vegetables. Three of the four top-ranked foods were legumes (only blueberries were higher). Lentils were second, followed by black beans and red beans. The study found that a cup of cooked pinto beans had six times the amount of antioxidant activity as a cup of cauliflower and 12 times as much as a cup of carrots.
A great dish that can be made with or without tomatoes.
This antioxidant-rich dish gets a kick from a tart cumin-scented dressing.
Red Bean, Herb and Walnut Salad
This Georgian-inspired dish can be made a day ahead.
Whether you use dried or canned red beans, copious herbs and bright green beans add a fresh note.
Thick asparagus spears are best for this flavorful, intensely green salad.