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White Bean SaladAs I was preparing this salad, a mass of rain clouds was stalled just to our west threatening a deluge of rain, thunder and lightning.  By the time the salad was in the refrigerator, ready for dinner that evening, the temperature outside had dropped from the 70s into the 50s.  Not exactly salad weather.  I guess I’d been a bit premature with the warm weather foods – it had been toasty warm for days.  Kel even had the gumption to put away his winter coat.  Come to think of it, that’s probably what brought the colder weather.

Anyway, a plan is a plan so dinner that night was a nice, cool salad.  Served up with warm biscuits and a cup of steaming hot green tea, it felt mighty cozy inside as we watched the rain come down.

White Bean, Asparagus & Artichoke Heart Salad
Serves 4

1 15 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups asparagus, cut into 1″ pieces
1/3 cup thinly sliced radishes (I used watermelon radishes – pretty!)
4-5 scallions, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 tbsp. orange juice
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. French mustard
1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
splash soy sauce
salt & pepper to taste
fresh basil, for garnish

Lightly steam or microwave the asparagus.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the garlic, orange juice, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, mustard, nutritional yeast, soy sauce and salt and pepper.  (No, I did not forget the oil.)   Add the artichoke hearts, beans, asparagus, radishes and scallions, stirring to combine.

Serve over a bed of fresh greens, if desired and top with basil.

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  1. Wow! What a beautiful salad! I love the colors and I’ll bet it has a great crunch to it! I’m definitely ready for warm weather foods myself, especially salads! I’ve been craving them all week long and I just can’t get enough!

  2. I agree with Rachel, what a beautiful salad. How nice to be sitting indoors watching the rain come down munching on that with warm biscuits and sipping tea, it sounds to me like an excellent way to spend an evening.

  3. Jocelyn says:

    Maybe you didn’t forget the oil, but you forgot the beans!

  4. Shira says:

    Looks wonderful! I love cold asparagus – and the dressing sounds divine! :)

  5. Now that is a beautiful salad, I love asparagus. Yummy

  6. Yum! Such lovely textures and flavour combinations. :D

  7. Richgail Enriquez says:

    It sounds good with warm biscuits and green tea in any weather :)

  8. This sounds so good and simple. We had the same thing happen with our weather and we live in Arizona! It had been shorts and flip flop weather then came a down pour and snow in the mountains. It has warmed up a little now but I’m thinking a warm potato soup may be in order.
    This does look like a perfect warm weather salad. I don’t like to cook when it is hot so this will be wonderful!

  9. This looks so summery! Love the colours and the flavours you included! And wouldn’t you know it, I have all the ingredients…dinner tonight? I think so :)

  10. rubbishqueen says:

    A salad is good anytime, whether rain or shine:) This one looks lovely! I will try it myself, artichokes are my favourite!

  11. Looks so fresh and crisp! Beautiful!

  12. Now that is my kind of salad! Personally, I refuse to put the winter coats away until at least June. ;)

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