Orange sesame 3-bean salad, a flavorful blend of sweet oranges, citrus-soy dressing, and nutty sesame seeds, is a healthy twist on an old favorite.

Orange Sesame 3-Bean Salad [Vegan]

Serves

6

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 15 ounce can cannellini beans (or other white beans), drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounce can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 medium oranges
  • 1 lemon, juiced (or 3 tablespoons lemon juice)
  • 3-4 scallions (green onions), thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or Tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Preparation

  1. To toast the sesame seeds, place a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 a cup of sesame seeds. Stir the seeds for 1-2 minutes until they start to brown and get fragrant. Then, remove them from the heat until you are ready to use them.
  2. In a medium salad bowl, combine the beans and scallions. Set aside.
  3. Next, segment the oranges. Start by cutting off the top and bottom from 3 of the oranges. Set them upright on the cutting board, and cut off the rest of the peeling.
  4. Hold an orange in one and carefully separate the segment from the membrane using a small knife. Cut the segments into bite-sized pieces. Add to the salad bowl.
  5. Cut and juice the remaining orange, juice the lemon, and add the juices to a small bowl or jar. Add 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Mix well and add to the salad.
  6. Add the toasted sesame seeds and mix everything.
  7. Serve it up!
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