When you’re cooking for a family or a crowd, it can be hard to please everyone. Salads are incredibly versatile, allowing you to customize your meal with your favorite vegetables, proteins, and dressings. When you create salads with organic, wholesome ingredients, they can serve as a nutrient-rich meal solution during the dog days of summer–no stove required. Craft one of these pasta, corn, bean or traditional salads as the perfect lunch, dinner or anytime meal.
Southwest Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is a quintessential part of every summer barbecue, picnic and gathering with family and friends. Give this dish an added boost by using Green Valley organic whole kernel corn, black beans, and pinto beans. Use a fun pasta shape like wagon wheels, stars or even animals for a dinnertime twist the whole family will love.
Mexican Avocado and Corn Quinoa Salad
This summer salad has a little bit of everything — veggies, ancient grains, and of course, avocado. Use organic ingredients like Green Valley organic black beans and whole kernel corn to ensure you get your daily dose of protein, fiber and iron. Top with a homemade chipotle vinaigrette to add as much or as little spice as you like.
Pineapple Three Bean Salad
Pineapple makes every meal just a little bit sweeter and more refreshing. This three bean salad couldn’t be easier to bring together in a pinch on a weeknight, for a last minute party, or as a filling lunch at work. Toss Green Valley organic black beans, whole kernel corn, and garbanzo beans into a bowl of cherry tomatoes, edamame, cilantro and seasonings of your choice.
Chickpea Tuna Salad
Tuna is an easy, protein-packed meal solution that will help keep you full for the whole work day. Mix Green Valley organic garbanzo beans, diced red onions, capers and red wine vinegar over a bed of lettuce for a perfectly balanced meal prep dish.
White Bean Pasta Salad
As the temperature rises, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven. This white bean pasta salad brings you all the flavors of a caprese salad, mozzarella included. Cook your favorite pasta, and add Green Valley organic great northern beans, cherry tomatoes, olives, red onion and olive oil for a delicious dish that can please a crowd.
Greek Salad with Garbanzo Beans and Feta
You can never go wrong with a classic Greek salad, especially when it’s loaded up with Green Valley organic garbanzo beans, olives and feta. Serve as a side, or add some chicken to transform this salad into a satisfying main course.
Fully Loaded Black Bean Salad
Who said salad has to have lettuce? This black bean salad gives Green Valley organic black beans a chance in the spotlight. Black beans pack half your daily fiber in just one cup, and are rich in protein and other vitamins. Add more of your favorite veggies and serve as a side dish or even as a salsa.
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