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From: greenbean ( -64.60.150.178)
Subject: Favorite Vegan Salad
Date: December 1, 2009 at 2:53 pm PST

What kind of vegan salads do you guys like? We have a cool recipe on our site for Asparagus and Beet Salad that looks amazing if anyone is interested in trying it out!

Asparagus and Beet Salad
Salads like this one mix vegetables and legumes for balanced nutrition. However, chances are you will be so attracted to this fresh dish's bright colors, contrasting textures, and play of flavors, you will never notice that it is smart eating too. For variety, and if you have time, replace canned beets with 2 cups cooked and sliced fresh yellow beets. Up to 1 day ahead, cover chilled cooked asparagus and cooked fresh beets and refrigerate.

* 1/2 pound asparagus
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 3 tablespoons lemon juice
* 1 can (15 oz.) sliced beets
* 1 can (15 oz.) O Organics™ Garbanzos
* 1 cup thinly sliced red onion, rinsed and drained
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
* 3 tablespoons roasted, salted pistachios
* salt

1.
Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Cut spears diagonally into 1-inch lengths.

2.
In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan, bring about 1 inch water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook just until tender-crisp when pierced, about 3 minutes. Transfer asparagus with a slotted spoon to a large bowl of ice water. Lift out when cold.

3.
Dry the frying pan and add cumin. Stir over low heat just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour cumin into a wide bowl and add lemon juice.

4.
Drain beets and garbanzos, rinse with cool water, and drain again. Add to bowl along with asparagus, onion, cilantro, and pistachios. Mix and add salt to taste.

Per serving: 106 cal., 28% (30 cal.) from fat; 5.2 g protein; 3.3 g fat (0.3 g sat.); 16 g carbo (3.5 g fiber); 210 mg sodium; 0 mg chol.

For more salad recipes you guys can also check out www.safeway.com.



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